HC Deb 02 February 1949 vol 460 c1649
6. Major Guy Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the cost per head of the Control Commission in Germany for the running of its car services.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

During the second half of 1948 the cost of running car services for members of the Control Commission was just under £30 per head.

Major Lloyd

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied—it is not possible to ascertain from his answer—that this is a satisfactory figure, of which we need not be ashamed in any way? There are very strong rumours from those who have been in Germany recently that a great many people, including Britishers, are thoroughly dissatisfied with the extravagant cost of these services, which contrasts very strongly with that for the Armed Forces.

Mr. Bevin

I am constantly keeping a watch on this. In fact, this evening I shall have a talk with General Robertson, who is over here. All these kinds of costs mount up, and one has to be on top of it the whole time.

Mr. Drayson

Does it amount to a cost of approximately £1 million per annum?

Mr. Bevin

Seven hundred and seventy-seven thousand pounds for six months.

Mr. Nigel Birch

Is it true that the staff of the Control Commission still exceeds 15,000?

Mr. Bevin

No, it is just under. In just over a year and a half we have brought it down from—speaking from memory—approximately 26,000 to about 14,000.

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