HC Deb 14 October 1952 vol 505 cc16-7
26. Mr. Hurd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what extent the staff employed on Social Surveys have been retained; and what further surveys are to be undertaken.

Mr. R. A. Butler

At 1st October, 1952, 57 staff remain, compared with a staff of 90 on 1st October, 1951. Further surveys will be confined to inquiries designed to give direct assistance to efficient and economical administration.

39 and 40. Mr. Erroll

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1) what was the purpose of the Social Survey on the Parliament Past and Present Exhibition: and how much the survey cost;

(2) what action he is taking as a result of the conclusions reached in the Social Survey report on the "Parliament Past and Present" Exhibition.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. John Boyd-Carpenter)

This Survey was undertaken in September, 1951, with a view to obtaining information as to the effectiveness of the Exhibition which it was thought would be helpful in the planning of the official exhibitions. Its cost was about £240. The answer to Question No. 40 is "None, Sir."

Mr. Erroll

As a result of no action being taken, can my hon. Friend say whether in future similar surveys are likely to be held or whether such surveys have been abandoned?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

On the future of such surveys I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given today to Question No. 26 by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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