HC Deb 19 December 1946 vol 431 cc2162-4
56. Major Bramhall

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many former officials of the London Polish Government are being maintained by the British Treasury; and what is the total monthly sum expended in this way.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Glenvil Hall)

220 officials and their families are receiving monthly relief allowances, in common with other unemployed Poles in the United Kingdom. The monthly cost is about £3,600.

Major Bramall

Will the hon. Gentle man say how the relief paid to these people compares with the relief paid to British subjects?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

There are variations. Many of these Poles have not their own homes and have to live in furnished lodgings. That does make a difference.

57. Major Bramall

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons are employed by the Interim Treasury Committee for Polish Affairs; how many of them are former officials of the London Polish Government; and out of what funds the organisation is maintained.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

410 Poles, of whom 387 were officials of the former London Polish Government. The committee is financed by H.M. Treasury.

Major Bramall

Would my hon. Friend say what consultations there have been with the Polish Government with regard to this organisation and the work it is performing?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

I do not know whether my hon. and gallant Friend means the present Polish Government—

Mr. Gallacher

He means the only Polish Government there is.

Major Bramall

I mean the Polish Government to which His Majesty's Ambassador is accredited.

Mr. Glenvi Hall

I should want notice of that question. I would add that it is well known that these people are in London and they have to live. The House is well aware of the present position and how it arose.