HC Deb 20 May 1952 vol 501 cc27-8W
93. Mr. Osborne

asked the Secretary for Overseas Trade, as representing the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what has been the cost, to date, to the United Kingdom of the International Materials Conference; and how many British people are employed.

Mr. H. Strauss

I have been asked to reply. The United Kingdom contributes to the office expenses of the Conference and pays the salaries of three interpreters and a stenographer. The Deputy Secretary of the Conference is a British civil servant. Another British civil servant is to be added to the Secretariat in the near future to replace an officer who was seconded from May to December, 1951.

The total cost of the saries and allowances of the British staff, and of the contribution to the office expenses, in the period 31st March, 1952, was £18,900, In the current financial year it is expected to be about £22,500.