HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1218-20
55. Mr. Levy

asked the Minister of Supply the total staff and the annual cost in salaries of each of the controls set up by his Department?

Mr. Burgin

As the reply contains a set of detailed figures, I will, with the permission of my hon. Friend, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

Staff of Raw Materials Controls.
Control. Total Number. Salaries and Wages Approximate Annual cost.
Alcohol, Molasses and Solvents. 21 1,000
Aluminium 57 19,500
Fertilisers 13 5,000
Flax 46 16,500
Hemp 35 14,000
Jute 30 5,500
Leather 47 12,500
Paper 58 22,500
Silk and Rayon 5 900
Sulphate of Ammonia 10 Nil.
Sulphuric Acid 8 2,500
Timber 522 172,000


1. Figures have not been included for the Cotton, Iron and Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals and Wool Controls, as definitive arrangements for their staffing are still under consideration.

2. The figures for the Timber Control exclude Department II (Home-grown Timber) which is mainly staffed by Civil Servants of the Forestry Commission in receipt of their normal salaries or wages.

3. Some 40 persons included in the numbers shown are serving without remuneration.

60. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Minister of Supply the total Civil Service staff of the Timber Controller, permanent or temporary; their salaries individually; and the total estimated or realised monthly expense of the Timber Controller's office?

Mr. Burgirt

The total staff of the Timber Control at a recent date was 778, made up of 522 in Departments 1, 3 and 4, and 256 in Department 2, which deals with home-grown timber. All are temporary staff except some 75 civil servants of the Forestry Commission, who are serving for whole or part time in Department 2. The present monthly cost of salaries and wages for the Control is approximately £20,000. I am placing in the Library of the House a list of the present personnel (except juniors) of Department 2, with their salaries, which will supplement the list regarding Departments 1, 3 and 4 already placed there in connection with the information given to the hon. Member for North Salford (Mr. Morris) on 19th October.

Sir P. Harris

What do these 700 people do; are they buying or selling, do they make entries, or how are they occupied?

Mr. Burgin

They are dealing with one of the essential raw commodities of the country, timber; and their purchases run into scores of millions of pounds a year.

Mr. Thorne

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the timber controllers are dealing fairly and squarely with the importers of pre-war days?

Mr. Burgin

I hope so. That is a very general question. The action of the Timber Controller, as of all other controllers, is constantly under review, and a member of the Supply Council, Sir Andrew Duncan, is chairman of all the controllers. I have every hope that all interests in timber, an essential commodity, are being properly and equitably looked after.