HC Deb 21 November 1966 vol 736 c927
29. Mr. Hugh D. Brown

asked the Minister of Social Security what increase in staff has been allowed to offices in Glasgow to meet the additional demands on her Department; how many unfilled vacancies exist; and what percentage of staff is temporary.

The Minister of Social Security (Miss Margaret Herbison)

Since the beginning of this financial year, the complement of the Glasgow offices has been increased by 114. There are 18 unfilled vacancies. 11 per cent. of the staff in post are temporary.

Mr. Brown

Would my right hon. Friend agree that at the moment there is excessive pressure on existing staff, including compulsory overtime, and would she have a special look at the recruiting arrangements in the Glasgow area to ensure that her Department gets its fair share of the best recruits?

Miss Herbison

Yes, Sir. I am very much aware of the stress and strain that is being experienced by our officers, not only in Glasgow, but all over the country, and we have taken certain measures to try to lessen the stress. I should like to take this opportunity of giving my most grateful thanks to those officers all over Britain for the wonderful job they are doing at present to try to ensure that the benefits are paid in time.