HC Deb 19 November 1946 vol 430 c685
59. Mr. Osborne

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many paid people are employed by the National Savings Movement; and what is the annual cost of salaries, printing and other expenses.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

One thousand one hundred and ninety persons and £1,500,000.

Mr. Osborne

Is the Financial Secretary aware that the average sale of Savings Certificates during the last month for which figures were published was only £105,000 per week, as against over £5,000,000 in 1943, and in view of the smallness of sales now does he not think that the whole thing ought to be recast and put on to a voluntary basis, and expenses saved?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

A great deal of it is on a voluntary basis. A wonderful job of work is being done by thousands of voluntary workers, and we are very grateful to them.