§ 81. Mr. Burden
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why there are eight more persons in his passport department than a year ago.
§ Mr. Nutting
The staff of the Passport Office was 24 less on 1st October, 1952, than on the corresponding date in 1951. The one additional clerical assistant for which provision is made in the Passport Office Estimates, has not yet been engaged. The seven extra officekeepers shown in these Estimates are in fact employed by other departments of the Foreign Office housed in the Passport Office building, though, for administrative convenience, they are paid by the Passport Office. The total net decrease under this heading is thus 17.