§ Colonel Burton
asked the Minister of Food the number of personnel and salaries in the Directorate of Infestation Control; and has he any record of the services achieved to date.
§ Colonel Llewellin
The number of personnel employed by the Infestation Division of my Department, including area staff, is 243. The total salaries amount to £96,562 per annum, including war bonus. I am satisfied that the organisation is doing good work in protecting foodstuffs as far as practicable from the ravages of insect and rodent pests, and that its encouragement of local authorities in the use of their statutory powers under the Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act, 1919, is bringing about a material reduction in the rat population.