§ Sir HILDRED CARLILE
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can state the number of National Insurance Act lecturers employed up to the present; the number of private and the number of public meetings held; and the total expenditure incurred for salaries, for expenses, and for stationery?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
The number of lecturers who have been employed at different times is 129; 7,264 meetings and lectures in courses have been held. These included lectures to insured persons generally and training courses for societies' officials arranged by the Commissioners, and also meetings arranged by societies and organisations which were addressed by the official lecturers. At the discretion of the societies organising these meetings, some of them were open to the public, others were open to certain classes of the public, and others were limited to members of their own or allied societies. A large part of the cost of these meetings (for hire of halls, advertisements, etc.), was borne by the societies arranging them. The cost borne by the Commissioners for salaries and expenses is approximately £16,000.