Oral Answers to Questions — Ordnance Survey (Staff).

– in the House of Commons am ar 6 Hydref 1931.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Sir GEORGE HAMILTON:

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asked the Minister of Agriculture the total number employed in all categories at the Ordnance Survey establishment at Southampton in 1913–14 and in 1930–31; the total expenditure in salaries and wages; and the total working expenses apart from salaries and wages?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The number employed in all technical and clerical categories of the Ordnance Survey in Great Britain in 1913–14 was 1,624, as against 1,034 in 1930–31. The total expenditure in salaries and wages was £162,990 in 1913–14, as compared with £214,360 in 1930–31, whilst other working expenses amounted in 1913–14 to £25,250, and in 1930–31 to £26,160. There was, however, a decrease in the net cost from £152,310 in 1913–14 to £130,740 in 1930–31, owing to an increase in appropriations-in-aid. The above figures are exclusive of artificers and cleaners, whose work has partly been taken over since 1914 by the Office of Works.

Sir G. HAMILTON:

While I am very much obliged for that long answer, may I draw the right hon. Gentleman's attention to the fact that my question asked for the expenses at Southampton, not throughout the country?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The office is in Southampton.

Sir G. HAMILTON:

Does the Southampton office cover the whole of the United Kingdom?

Photo of Sir Albert Braithwaite Sir Albert Braithwaite , Buckrose

Is this station at Southampton in the most favourable position for having these agricultural people stationed?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

They are not agricultural; they are making maps for the Ordnance Survey.

Sir G. HAMILTON:

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the total number employed by the Stationery Office in London in all departments in connection with Ordnance Survey and other maps in 1913–14 and in 1930–31, with the total salary and wages expenditure for the same period?

Photo of Mr Walter Elliot Mr Walter Elliot , Glasgow Kelvingrove

Apart from a negligible fraction of the time of sales staff, no staff are or were employed by the Stationery Office in 1913–14 or in 1930–31 in connection with Ordnance Survey or other maps.