HC Deb 14 December 1939 vol 355 cc1277-8W
Lieut.-Commander Fletcher

asked the Secretary of State for War what rent is being paid for the premises at Berkeley Square House occupied by the Director-General of Voluntary Organisations, what staff is employed there, what salaries are paid to them, and if the work to be undertaken by the Director-General is not already wholly or partially covered by existing voluntary organisations?

Sir V. Warrender

The rental value of the space occupied is £1,375 a year. The staff consists of the Director-General, a deputy director-general, a chief personal assistant, a private secretary and a clerical staff of two, all of whom are unpaid, together with a secretary, whose salary is £500 per annum, and two shorthand typists, two typists and two messengers who have been supplied by the War Office and who are paid the normal rates authorised for these grades in the Civil Service.

As regards the last part of the question, this central organisation under the Director-General of Voluntary Organisations was set up to co-ordinate the offers of comforts for personnel of the three Services, and to ensure that gifts in money and in kind, other than those specifically earmarked and dealt with by one or other of the Service organisations, shall be equitably distributed between personnel of the three Services. This co-ordinating work is not covered by other existing organisations.