HC Deb 18 November 1941 vol 376 cc178-9
55. Sir George Broadbridge

asked the Chanceller of the Exchequer what is the total number of the staff in the United Kingdom which is employed in carrying out the War Damage Act; what is the annual cost; and how much has been expended to date in connection therewith?

Sir K. Wood

As the Answer is rather long, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the Answer:

The staff employed by the War Damage Commission numbers 1,415, the annual cost of whose salaries is £360,000 and whose cost to date is £166,000. The Board of Trade employs a staff of 854 on the administration of the War Risks Insurance Act and Part II of the War Damage Act at a cost of £184,609 a year in salaries. Their cost to date is £74,000. It is impossible. to allocate the number and cost as between the two Acts.

In addition, the Commission utilises the services of members of professional bodies as the occasion requires and the various insurance schemes for which the Board of Trade is responsible are operated mainly through the principal fire insurance companies and Lloyds. The Board of Inland Revenue, His Majesty's Customs and Excise and the Assistance Board also do a considerable amount of work arising out of the Act. This work, however, is done as part of the ordinary duties of those Departments and I am unable to give figures relating particularly to war damage work.