HC Deb 13 January 1916 vol 77 cc1782-3W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the amount of money spent annually prior to the War on the Embassies and Consulates to Germany and Austria-Hungary; and what amount of that is being saved now that those Embassies and Consulates no longer exist?


The salaries of the Embassy staffs as they stood at the outbreak of war, together with the salaries and office allowances of the Consulates in Austria-Hungary and Germany amounted to £42,228. The, salaries of the two Ambassadors, who received £8,000 a year each, and of His Majesty's Ministers at Munich (£l,500) and Dresden (£1,150), are not being paid at present, but the Ambassadors receive temporary pensions of £l,700 and His Majesty's Minister at Dresden one of £900 a year, all from the Superannuation Vote. His Majesty's Minister at Munich has retired. The members of the staffs of these missions are all being employed elsewhere on their ordinary salaries. The Consulates-General at Berlin (salary £1,000) and Hamburg (£1,200), the Consulate at Dantzig (£800), and the Vice-Consulates at Gravosa-Ragusa, Berlin, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, and Emden (salaries on a scale of £300 to £500) are vacant, the officials employed there having been appointed to fresh posts, and the salaries are being saved, but the holders of all the other Consular posts in Austria-Hungary and Germany are being employed elsewhere in temporary capacities on their ordinary salaries. The office and fee allowances amounting to £8,196 a year are not being spent in full. Certain clerks with salaries paid from this source are employed temporarily elsewhere, and other expenditure, of which the precise amount is not known, is being incurred by the diplomatic and Consular representatives of the United States of America who are in charge of British interests.