§ Mr. G. LOCKER-LAMPSON
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what was the total cost of that section or department of the Ministry of Food which deals with the limitation of the average gravity of beer and the regulation of the prices of beer and spirits for each of the past two financial years, and the estimated total cost for the current financial year?
§ Mr. McCURDY
I have been asked to reply. The cost of the staff employed in this section was £10,832 for 1918–9; £4,550 for 1919–20; and the estimate for 1920–21 is £2,460. To these amounts should be added 15 per cent, to cover rent, stationery, postage and general overhead charges, which would give the following total cost:
£ 1918–9 12,457 1919–20 5,232 1920–21 2,829 Total for the three years £20,518