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Portrait of a PartyThe Conservative Party in Britain 1918-1945$

Stuart Ball

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199667987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199667987.001.0001

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(p.535) Appendix 4 Conservative Party National Expenditure 1925–1945

(p.535) Appendix 4 Conservative Party National Expenditure 1925–1945

Source:
Portrait of a Party
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Detailed accounts for each calendar year have survived from 1925 onwards (for 1925–29, Davidson MSS, 175–6; for 1930–45, CPA, FIN/2–9 & Accn/2004/28), consisting, for each year, of audited balance sheets and supplementary schedules. However, both the departmental structure of Central Office and the presentation of information in the accounts changed at various times; in order to provide data for the whole period on a consistent basis, in some cases the figures are the sum of selected sub-headings within departments, and therefore vary from the departmental total shown in the balance sheet for that year. (p.536)

1925

1926

1927

1928

1929

1930

Organizing sectionsa

31,870

31,247

30,842

27,528

22,765

19,388

Area Agentsb

24,642

25,729

27,393

28,238

27,799

30,827

London Whipc

7,000

8,000

11,100

12,000

10,200

6,000

Scottish Whip's Officed

1,906

1,890

1,881

1,943

1,911

1,933

Junior Imperial League

3,804

3,879

6,658

7,950

5,460

7,732

Young Britonse

76

177

164

1,271

2,573

2,459

National Union Secretary's Office

2,569

2,772

2,917

2,611

3,827

2,768

Publicity Department

30,756

23,796

28,300

27,196

29,674

38,686

Cinema vans/Films Associationf

779

1,600

3,173

8,284

17,898

9,233

Publications free to MPs & speakers

110

1,988

2,579

3,250

3,421

3,629

Party Leader's Secretariat

3,841

House of Commons Whips’ Office

138

157

128

129

1,287

2,343

Research Departmentg

692

1,008

200

2,331

11,500

Administrative & clerical staff h

8,987

8,938

9,931

16,111

14,117

16,178

By-elections & public meetingsi

9,722

16,494

10,988

16,279

12,460

7,681

Special campaignsj

4,633

2,289

10,694

1,383

541

Grants to constituenciesk

27,613

22,131

34,611

40,425

27,520

19,490

Grants to related organizationsl

675

1,024

877

1,909

1,226

974

Grants to educational institutionsm

1,180

1,109

5,305

3,491

1,489

Private & special payments

2,651

5,440

3,222

3,143

2,698

2,415

Pensions paid directly

3,135

3,184

4,575

5,888

6,168

5,634

Insurance and superannuationn

2,168

1,661

3,233

3,294

2,237

2,231

Premises rent, rates, & maintenanceo

7,848

7,935

10,243

10,692

11,468

12,042

Lighting, heating, & housekeeping

1,433

1,488

1,843

1,872

2,347

2,418

Postage, telephone, & telegrams

3,128

2,634

3,263

3,299

3,522

4,249

Stationery & general printingp

3,982

1,944

2,578

2,495

1,734

2,023

Legal, accounting, & bank charges

1,171

1,111

1,159

1,468

1,136

2,269

Exceptional expenditureq

100

973

9,291

918

Miscellaneous other expenditure

4,023

1,597

1,808

3,492

6,314

4,925

TOTAL

186,791

180,113

215,469

238,428

234,875

225,816

(p.537)

1931

1932

1933

1934

1935

Organizing sectionsa

15,310

9,135

6,675

6,868

7,544

Area Agentsb

27,022

24,997

23,906

24,586

24,027

London Whipc

5,300

r -1,757

Scottish Whip's Officed

1,912

1,737

2,000

2,000

2,000

Junior Imperial League

5,243

5,557

3,155

3,259

3,370

Young Britons

1,917

1,142

1,166

1,114

1,165

National Union Secretary's Office

1,934

2,086

3,048

3,171

3,086

Publicity Department

23,209

15,895

12,898

12,318

13,460

Cinema vans/Films Associationf

15,750

4,033

3,564

12,034

7,761

Publications free to MPs & speakers

4,391

2,383

1,005

832

859

Party Leader's Secretariat

4,304

2,501

2,209

1,450

1,296

House of Commons Whips’ Office

1,637

224

210

225

250

Research Department

10,000

6,500

5,500

4,500

5,750

Administrative & clerical staffh

15,960

14,849

14,073

14,519

15,191

By-elections & public meetingsi

8,846

1,612

1,746

2,511

1,137

Special campaignsj

6,770

Grants to constituenciesk

11,391

5,093

2,351

1,198

5,418

Grants to related organizationsl

1,196

982

963

975

899

Grants to educational institutionsm

Private & special payments

3,818

4,646

2,865

1,520

2,379

Pensions paid directly

7,864

9,109

7,933

8,943

8,100

Insurance and superannuationn

2,096

1,854

1,806

2,084

2,220

Premises rent, rates, & maintenanceo

10,690

10,081

8,581

8,069

7,801

Lighting, heating, & housekeeping

2,229

1,912

1,593

1,632

1,615

Postage, telephone, & telegrams

3,047

2,297

2,339

2,445

2,548

Stationery & general printingp

1,673

959

859

712

1,041

Legal, accounting, & bank charges

2,635

1,363

1,501

2,056

1,404

Exceptional expenditureq

777

3,226

1,000

Miscellaneous other expenditure

3,386

2,040

1,396

1,891

1,195

TOTAL

193,537

134,456

114,342

127,682

121,516

(p.538)

1936

1937

1938

1939

1940

Organizing sectionsa

6,592

7,129

7,342

6,612

3,845

Area Agentsb

23,769

23,881

24,420

25,887

12,731

London Whipc

Scottish Whip's Officed

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Junior Imperial League

3,260

3,348

3,858

4,490

273

Young Britons

1,205

1,073

1,127

3,157

National Union Secretary's Office

2,936

2,610

2,833

2,389

1,038

Publicity Department

12,845

12,316

13,080

16,752

6,593

Cinema vans/Films Associationf

4,171

4,579

4,630

4,007

1,833

Publications free to MPs & speakers

807

1,374

1,892

850

Party Leader's Secretariat

1,025

872

1,656

1,374

1,500

House of Commons Whips’ Office

280

311

323

322

59

Research Department

6,000

6,500

5,000

1,250

Administrative & clerical staffh

14,851

15,299

16,132

14,192

6,974

By-elections & public meetingsi

1,635

2,867

2,770

2,679

124

Special campaignsj

1,423

Grants to constituenciesk

2,872

6,046

8,119

7,026

1,454

Grants to related organizationsl

953

1,022

1,196

1,140

607

Grants to educational institutionsm

Private & special payments

637

1,503

1,724

2,980

1,496

Pensions paid directly

10,214

8,714

6,938

8,080

7,291

Insurance and superannuationn

2,103

2,051

2,095

2,034

1,516

Premises rent, rates, & maintenanceo

7,695

7,630

7,921

8,494

7,047

Lighting, heating, & housekeeping

1,604

1,604

1,619

1,386

775

Postage, telephone, & telegrams

2,595

2,768

2,294

2,072

1,119

Stationery & general printingp

1,018

1,248

1,711

1,171

104

Legal, accounting, & bank charges

831

1,124

796

872

472

Exceptional expenditureq

14,000

3,227

Miscellaneous other expenditure

1,330

778

750

702

47

TOTAL

127,228

118,647

122,226

125,145

60,321

(p.539)

1941

1942

1943

1944

1945

Organizing sectionsa

2,480

3,014

4,294

6,543

12,765

Area Agentsb

11,690

11,049

11,232

12,406

19,624

London Whipc

Scottish Whip's Officed

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Junior Imperial League

72

1,986

Young Britons

National Union Secretary's Office

867

940

1,056

850

2,065

Publicity Department

4,962

4,891

5,437

10,401

16,424

Cinema vans/Films Associationf

Publications free to MPs & speakers

Party Leader's Secretariat

1,559

620

914

House of Commons Whips’ Office

63

64

69

69

870

Research Department

959

Administrative & clerical staffh

5,108

5,766

6,565

8,017

15,270

By-elections & public meetingsi

584

745

2,055

1,052

5,082

Special campaignsj

Grants to constituenciesk

1,471

696

295

421

5,533

Grants to related organizationsl

565

154

73

58

242

Grants to educational institutionsm

Private & special payments

2,216

725

387

515

2,494

Pensions paid directly

7,199

6,870

5,357

5,995

5,161

Insurance and superannuationn

1,628

1,333

1,438

1,742

1,757

Premises rent, rates, & maintenanceo

6,659

6,584

4,692

6,047

8,273

Lighting, heating, & housekeeping

767

771

584

756

1,385

Postage, telephone, & telegrams

631

789

1,061

1,208

2,138

Stationery & general printingp

115

384

403

829

1,307

Legal, accounting, & bank charges

291

755

370

349

678

Exceptional expenditureq

3,310

Miscellaneous other expenditure

702

839

804

1,039

2,167

TOTAL

51,629

52,299

48,172

60,297

109,094

(a) Defined as Chairman's office, Principal Agent/General Director and section, Speakers’ section, Labour section, Women's section (to 1932), Organizing section (from 1933); also includes costs of speakers’ training classes, 1925–28.

(b) Salaries and expenses of the Area Agents and Deputy Area Agents in the twelve regional offices in England and Wales, including the London Department to 1932. The figures do not include their clerical staff, who were not separately identified and were included in the general list of Central Office clerical staff.

(c) The block grant given to the London Whip; no breakdown exists of how this was disbursed. The other expenditure of the London Department is included in the figures for Area Agents and grants to constituencies. The last block grant was given in 1932, and the last London Department salaries and expenses are listed in the accounts for 1933.

(d) Salaries and expenses of the Scottish Whip's Office, not including grants to constituencies; from 1933 only a block grant figure is given, with no breakdown of costs.

e In 1925–27, the Young Britons salary costs were not separately identified within the Women's section, and the figure shown is for expenses only.

(f) The figures are the total of the operating costs and the allowance for depreciation, which was shown as a charge on the accounts in 1928–30 and 1937–40; the figure for 1930 is only to 30 September. The operation of the cinema vans was transferred to the Films Association from October 1930, and the figures for 1931–36 are the block grant to the Films Association, for which no breakdown of costs was given; the figure for 1936 is only to 30 September and the figure for 1937 is for 1 October 1936 to 31 December 1937.

g The figures for 1925–27, and £331 of the 1929 figure, are costs of the Policy Department.

(h) These were included in the Principal Agent/General Director's Department up to 1932, after which they formed a separate Establishment Department.

(i) Nearly all of this was expenditure on by-elections, but in some years there was also an amount for the costs of Cabinet ministers’ public meetings.

(j) The annual summer Seaside Campaigns, 1925–28; the Trade Union Bill campaign, 1927 (£8,373); the Home and Empire campaign, 1930; the National Government propaganda campaign, 1934; and the ‘special canvassers and observers campaigns’, 1940.

(k) Includes grants to constituencies in Scotland up to 1933; thereafter the figure is for England and Wales only.

(l) Includes grants to the Association of Conservative Clubs (1925–39, £550 p.a.; 1940, £450; 1941, £412; 1942–45, nil); to the National Conservative Musical Union (1927–39, varying amounts, generally in the range £200–325, apart from £521 in 1931; 1940, £25; 1941–45, £4–5); to the Northern Area Women's Advisory Council (1928, £750), and to the Young Conservatives Union (1928, £175; 1929, £300).

(m) Grants to the Philip Stott College (also known as the ‘Conservative & Unionist Educational Institute’), 1925 and 1927–29 (two separate grants in 1928), and to the Bonar Law Memorial College (Ashridge), 1929–30.

(n) The cost of buildings insurance and National Insurance employer contributions are not shown separately in the balance sheets; the totals in this row also include employer contributions to the Agents’ and Women Organisers’ superannuation schemes for staff employed by Central Office, and in 1925–27 an amount granted to some staff in relief of income tax.

(o) Rent, rates, repairs and alterations, furniture and fittings (including an allowance for depreciation).

(p) The printing, carriage, and postage costs of publications is included in the Publicity Department figure.

(q) Grants to unspecified newspapers (1925, £100; 1928, £410); grants to the Norfolk Press syndicate (1928, £563; 1929, £770; 1930, £918; 1931, £777; 1932, £3,226); the Plymouth election petition (1929, £8,521); grants paid in 1933 to the Liberal National Council (£600) and the National Labour Committee (£400), in relation to the 1931 general election; National Tours Limited (1936, £14,000, amount written off described as ‘special expenditure incurred by the company in the past’; 1939, amount written off, £3,227); dilapidation allowance for Palace Chambers (1942, £2,100); and wartime removal expenses and cost of blackout curtains (1942, £1,210).

r This is shown as a credit amount of £1,757, as the block grant of £1,000 given in 1932 was more than offset by the receipt of £2,757 following the closure of the London Fund in June 1932.