§ Lieut.-Colonel GAULT
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what increase has taken place during the past two years in the number of officials of all grades employed in the Civil Service; what the increase in the total salaries has been resulting therefrom during the corresponding period; and what the reason is for collectors of the Inland Revenue Department having had their salaries recently reduced by 22½ per cent.?
The total of non-industrial staffs of Government Departments on 1st January, 1928, was 296,825. Of this total 190,387 was Post Office staff. In respect of the balance there was a decrease of roughly 4,500 on 1st January, 1928, as compared with 1st January, 1926. During that same period owing to growth of Post Office work the Post Office staff increased by about 5,200. These changes will probably entail a net increased charge on balance for salaries of a sum not exceeding £140,000 per annum. The answer to the third part of the question is that the remuneration of820W
gard to the third part of the question, the work of the Ministry does not lend itself to segregation into men's and women's branches. The latter part of the question does not therefore arise.
§ Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
asked the Minister of Pensions the number of men and women, respectively, employed in the Ministry of Pensions at Sanctuary Buildings and at the Pension Issue Office; the number of ex-Service men included in the total; the number of women's posts carrying basic salaries of over £400 and the number of men's posts carrying basic salaries of over £400; and the number of ex-Service men in the latter category?
§ Major TRYON
The following are the desired particulars:
collectors has recently been reduced because they make only one collection of property tax (Schedule A) in the year, instead of collecting two instalments. My hon. and gallant Friend is under a misapprehension as to the reduction for 1928–29. It is not 22½ per cent. but about 4 per cent. of the total remuneration for the year preceding.