§ Mr. BLAIR
asked the Minister of Health why the estimates for salaries and wages in the accounts of the Metropolitan Asylums Board have increased by 174 per cent, (approximate) between 1918–19 and 1920–21, in comparison with increases of 74 per cent, (approximate) in the case of the London County Council and 100 per cent, (approximate) in the case of the Metropolitan police, pay and clothing of the force, during the same years, as set out in the memorandum on the increase in the amount of local rates per £ of assessable value?
§ Dr. ADDISON
I have communicated with the Metropolitan Asylums Board and understand that in their case there are the following special reasons for the increase in salaries and wages during the period referred to:—
- 1. General increase in the work of the Asylums Board.
- 2.Increase in number of hospitals in use, several hospitals previously occupied by the War Office having been returned to the Asylums Board.
- 3.Increase in the number of fever patients.
- 4.Adoption of 48-hour week for the whole of the staff, with consequent increase of number of persons employed.