§ 76. Mr. GILBERT
asked the Food Controller what was the maximum number of persons employed by his Department during the year 1918; whether any reduction of staff took place during the early months of this year; whether the new registration of consumers would require a large additional staff to be employed; if he could state approximately what that in crease would be; and whether his Department had recently added to the staff employed by them?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of FOOD (Mr. McCurdy)
The number of persons employed by the Ministry of Food, including the headquarters and the provincial staffs, was at its maximum in November, 1918, when the total number was 9,118. A continuous reduction in the staff took place during the first six months of the present year, and on the 1st July the total number of persons employed was 4,441. Since that date there has been an increase of sixteen. The new registration of customers will involve an addition of only three officers to the staff of the Ministry. The clerical work will be per formed by the staffs of the local food committees, in which a slight increase will be required for a period of five or six weeks.