§ 50. Mr. Worsley
asked the Minister of Social Security how many full-time research staff are employed by her Department.
§ Mr. Worsley
Would not the right hon. Lady agree that this number is nothing like enough; and that it is perhaps the reason why she was unable to give answers to many of the questions we asked last Wednesday? Will she take steps to see that there is a co-ordinated and systematic approach to the whole question of research in her Ministry?
§ Mrs. Hart
That is exactly what I seek to do. However, it must be understood that even a considerable increase in professionally qualified research staff—and I want economists and social scientists—will be unlikely to be able to undertake the kind of continuing mass survey research that we discussed last week. Nevertheless, I totally agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is most important that we should have more research staff in my Ministry.