§ 70. Mr. Turton
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, how many members of the Social Survey Division of the Central Office of Information have been engaged since 1st January, 1951, in carrying out a Survey of Sickness in Yorkshire; what has been the aggregate daily mileage of the members engaged on this work; to what extent Civil Service car units are being used; and what is the estimated cost of this survey.
§ The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Douglas Jay)
During January no members of the staff of the Social Survey were engaged on work in Yorkshire, but 15 part-time investigators worked there over 10 days on the Survey of Sickness. Ministry of Supply cars were used in two rural areas, and their aggregate daily mileage was 125. The total cost of the inquiry in the whole of England and Wales in January was £2,636, of which £283 was incurred in Yorkshire.
§ Mr. Turton
Is it not very wrong for the Ministry of Supply cars to be used by part-time investigators asking unnecessary questions in private homes?
§ Mr. Turton
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this work is being done perfectly well by the Ministry of Health and that it is a scandalous waste of public money and petrol to use the Ministry of Supply cars for this purpose?