§ Mr. KING
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, for the working of the National Insurance Act, Part II., it has been found necessary to make new appointments in the Labour Exchanges; if so, how many appointments have been made; and whether those newly-appointed are under conditions precisely similar to those previously appointed?
It has been necessary largely to increase the Labour Exchanges staff owing to the larger number of Labour Exchanges opened, and also for dealing with the administration of Part II. of the National Insurance Act. The total number of appointments of all kinds made during the present year is 989. New scales of pay for certain grades of officers have been introduced, and these have been made applicable to the existing members of the staff of the same grades. No change has been made in the conditions of appointment.