HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1200-1
19. Sir Stanley Reed

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information whether he will arrange to publish a list of the headquarters staff of the Ministry, as on 15th November, 1939, other than clerical and messengers, stating the salary of each officer and a statement of his previous occupation?

Sir E. Grigg

A list of the staff giving the particulars asked for on 9th October was circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT of that date, showing the total of 205 persons on the headquarters staff of the Ministry, other than clerical and messenger staff. That number has since been reduced by 73, offset by 20 persons whom it has been necessary to add to the staff as the work grew and new needs arose. I will place a copy of the complete revised list as at 15th November, 1939, in the Library of the House.

Mr. Boothby

Can my hon. Friend include Sir Campbell Stuart's organisation in the list of salaries?

Sir E. Grigg

Sir Campbell Stuart's organisation does not come under the Ministry of Information.

Viscountess Astor

When did it cease to be under the Ministry of Information?

Sir E. Grigg

I cannot give the exact date, but about a fortnight ago.

Mr. Graham White

Can the hon. Gentleman give the House an assurance that the necessary work of his Department shall not be curtailed by shortage of staff, and that it will be increased if it is thought necessary?

Sir E. Grigg

Yes, Sir, I am sure that the House would approve the Ministry engaging more staff if it finds it necessary to do so.