asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will state the number of local offices working for his Department, the total cost of maintaining them, and the number of persons employed therein.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
Including war pensions offices, my Department has 1,034 local offices in Great Britain, of which 163 are inquiry offices. The 37W annual cost of maintaining and running them is about £25 million, including expenditure on salaries, operating costs such as travelling, telephones and postage, and overheads such as superannuation and accommodation. On 1st March last there were 23,952 staff in post.