HC Deb 20 March 1951 vol 485 c2288
33. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Minister of Works the total number of people employed by him outside the British Isles; and what was the cost to the Exchequer in the years 1939 and 1949, respectively.

Mr. Stokes

The number of staff employed abroad is 115, of whom 72 are locally engaged. The cost of staff overseas in 1939 was £8,500. compared with £120,000 in 1949.

Brigadier Clarke

Will the Minister say to what he attributes the increase?

Mr. Stokes

Yes, Sir; to a vast increase of work. The amount undertaken in 1949 was over £2 million. A great deal of war damage had to be repaired. I have informed the House that in the past 12 months I have reduced the overseas staff by 28 people and salaries by £15,400.