§ Sir C. CAYZER
asked the Minister of Agriculture the rate of salary paid to foot-and-mouth disease inspectors by his Department, indicating whether such figures are inclusive or exclusive of expenses?
Inspectors on the permanent staff of the Animals Division of my Department are usually employed on operations against foot-and-mouth disease. Their normal duties are not confined to this disease, but include work arising in connection with all other scheduled animal diseases. The rates of salaries of these permanent inspectors are: inspectors, £250 per annum, rising by annual increments to £450 per annum: divisional inspectors, £450–600; superintending inspectors, £'600–800. These rates are exclusive of subsistence and travelling expenses when away from their stations, and are also exclusive of Civil Service bonus. In epidemics of foot-and-mouth disease, such as we have had recently, however, it is necessary to employ temporary inspectors to augment the permanent staff. The rate paid to these temporary inspectors, who are all qualified veterinary surgeons and are subject to a 349W day's notice, is two guineas per day exclusive of subsistence and travelling expenses when employed away from home.