HC Deb 25 March 1926 vol 193 c1345

asked the Minister of Pensions what reduction of staff was effected in the Ministry of Pensions daring the year 1925; and what were the respective percentages of reduction in Scotland and in the rest of the country?

The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Major Tryon)

The staff of the Ministry were reduced, during 1925, by 4,356, from 16,475 to 12,119; the percentage reduction in Scotland being 23.5 and, in the rest of the country, 26.7.

Lieut.-Colonel WHITE

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why the staff in Scotland has been consistently larger through out in proportion?


I think the main reason is that the region is still surviving in Scotland, but I am glad to say that many of the staff in Scotland, who have done such good work, have passed the recent examination. Many of them, therefore, will not lose their employment.