§ 35. Mr. MACKINDER
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, since the present Government came into office, he has appointed to serve him a ceremonial secretary or officer; if so, what are the duties and what is the salary of this official; and whether any such appointment was made by previous Governments?
§ Mr. AMERY
I appointed Lieut.-Colonel H. V. B. de Satgé, C.M.G., D.S.O., to my personal staff in 1924, to act as Ceremonial and Reception Secretary, at a salary of £500 with the usual Civil Service bonus. He assists me in dealing with the arrangements concerning oversea officials and other visitors from the Dominions and Colonies in connection with audiences and receptions granted by the King and with all matters relating to ceremonies at Court. His services are also of great use in regard to the arrangements for welcoming oversea visitors to this country, particularly in connection with ceremonies of an official and semi-official character. No appointment of a precisely similar character has been made by my predecessors, but experience has shown the need for the creation of the post, which is proving itself to be of much value.
§ Sir HARRY BRITTAIN
Has not the creation of this office been received with great acclamation throughout the Dominions, and has it not been found of great value?