§ Captain BOWYER
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the Minesweepers' Co-operative Trawling Society has paid or will pay the salaries and travelling expenses of the officials who have been engaged on propaganda work in connection with the society; what is the actual amount of the expenditure to date under these heads; if extra personnel was entertained in any of His Majesty's offices for this propaganda work; if not, who performed the duties of officers thus employed while they were engaged in the service of a private commercial enterprise; and will the Government take steps to reduce the Admiralty clerks to the numbers actually required for the service of the public?1612W
§ Sir J. CRAIG
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply of the 25th October last to the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. H. Gritten), to which there is nothing to add except that no extra personnel has been engaged, nor has such work been undertaken by Government officials.