§ 17. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science the number of scientific staff employed under the oversight of the Agricultural Research Council at the latest convenient date; and what proportion of these was employed in Scotland.
§ Mr. Denzil Freeth
On 1st October, 1962 the total, including experimental and scientific assistant classes, was 2,770, 1103 of whom about a quarter were employed in Scotland.
§ Mr. Gourlay
While we appreciate that there is a large percentage of research workers in this field in Scotland, may I ask whether the Parliamentary Secretary would agree that the excellent work which these gentlemen do could be extended into other forms of research? Will he undertake to expand the service?
§ Mr. Freeth
I cannot guarantee to have a major expansion at any particular station in answer to a general Question of this nature, but if the hon. Member feels that there is a station under the scientific oversight of the Agricultural Research Council in Scotland which needs to be increased I will gladly answer a Question.