§ Mr. LORIMER
asked the Minister of Labour how many ex-officers have secured appointments during 1922 through the Appointments Department of the. Ministry of Labour; and what is the annual cost of this Appointments Department?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
During the calendar year 1922, 3,356 ex-officers and 4,183 "other ranks" of similar educational qualifications were placed in civil employment by the Appointments Branch and 443 ex-officers and 647 "other ranks" in posts under Government, making a grand total of 8,629 of all ranks. The cost of the staff of the Appointments Branch in Great Britain for the financial year 1921–1922 was £113,431; the amount estimated to he spent in the financial year 1922–23 is £36,300 and in 1923–24 £14,243. These figures include the cost of both the training and appointments sides of the work of the branch; separate figures for the staff engaged on the two sides cannot be given.