HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 c2413W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the yearly expenditure, from inception up to date, upon the war-time social survey; how many persons have been employed in the service and with what range of salaries; whether questionnaires are formulated for visitors to present to the persons visited; and what are the questions which the public are invited or required to answer.

Mr. Willink

I presume my hon. Friend is referring to the Health Index investigation carried out for my Department by the War-time Social Survey. So far six health surveys have been made at two-monthly intervals, at an estimated total cost of £9,800. I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Information that it is not possible to estimate accurately the number of persons employed on these surveys, since the staff are engaged during the greater part of their time in conducting social research for other Departments. Field investigators are paid between £5 15s. and £6 15s. a week. Questions are put orally, and answers are invited, not required. I am sending my hon. Friend a list of the main questions.