HC Deb 20 April 1931 vol 251 cc608-9
76. Mr. SCOTT

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the respective total costs of the two Education Department staffs in Edinburgh and London, and the numbers in each group of staff officers, higher grade clerks, executive officers, clerks, architects, typists, messengers and others, and the total salaries for each group for Edinburgh and London, respectively, and why it is necessary to maintain so large a staff in the London office and, in particular, why executive officers are necessary in London; and whether he is prepared to consider the concentration in Edinburgh of the staff administering Scottish education?

The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Mr. William Adamson)

Having regard to the need for direct consultation with the officials of the Treasury, the Board of Education and other Government Departments, and to the duties which arise in connection with Parliamentary and Ministerial business relating to Scottish education, I am satisfied that the existing arrangements meet the needs of the Department in the most effective manner. The offices in London and in Edinburgh are organised in branches, the staff of which normally require for their work staff officers, executive officers and clerks. The remaining parts of the question involve a number of figures, and I will, accordingly, with the hon. Member's permission,

Offices in London and Edinburgh.
London. Edinburgh.
Numbers. Salaries, wages and allowances (Estimates 1931–32). Numbers. Salaries, wages and allowances (Estimates 1931–32).
£ £
Secretariat 3 3,937 3 4,360
Principal Staff Officers 4 3,049 3 2,633
Staff Officers 6 3,407 6 3,787
Executive Officers 13 5,310 22 9,910
Clerks 30 7,205* 36 8,837*
Architect (retainer and fees) 1 700
Shorthand Typists 3 548 6† 990
Typists 5 644 4 496
Caretaker, Messengers, Charwomen, etc. 4 528 15 1,011
68 24,628 96 32,724
Deduct in respect of 1 Staff Officer (London), 2 Clerks and 1 Shorthand Typist (Edinburgh) who are seconded for service with the Educational Endowments (Scotland) Commission 1 530 3 639
Total 67 24,098 93 32,085
* Including overtime. †Including Superintendent of Typists.
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