HC Deb 11 March 1969 vol 779 cc1153-4
20. Mr. Silvester

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works by what methods he exercises control over the staffing of the Building Research Station.

Mr. Mellish

As elsewhere in the Ministry, by annual allocation and staff inspection.

Mr. Silvester

Without detracting from the work of the B.R.S. at all, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is not concerned at the rate of increase in staff? The staff has increased substantially over the last 12 years. Is he satisfied that the increased expenditure has been worthwhile?

Mr. Mellish

Do I understand the hon. Gentleman to say that there are too many staff? I will give him the figures. In 1966–67 there were 599 non-industrials. The total today is 626. That is not a great increase. Bearing in mind the sort of work which the station is doing, it is carrying out a first-class job.