§ 22. Mr. Culverwell
asked the Minister of Economic Warfare how many persons are now employed in his Department?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare (Mr. Dingle Foot)
The number on 22nd June was 1,373.
§ Mr. Culverwell
When is the Minister going to consider reducing the staff of this Department, because on 1st June the number was 1,461, and he has made only a small reduction since the occupation of Belgium and Holland and since France went out of the war; and if our enemies continue to blockade themselves, surely it is time that the right hon. Gentleman considered reducing his staff?
§ Mr. Foot
The hon. Member must not assume that contraband control has been the only function of the Ministry of Economic Warfare. If my hon. Friend will compare the figures given to him on 4th June with the present figure, he will see that there has been a reduction; and it is possible that, as a result of the reorganisation which my right hon. Friend is now undertaking, there will be some further reductions.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Will the Minister bear in mind that economic action still remains the best hope of victory and make that the overriding consideration rather than the saving of a small sum of money?