§ Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite
asked the Minister of Agriculture the total cost to the Exchequer of W.A.E.C.s during 1945.
§ Mr. T. Williams
Payments and receipts by or on behalf of county war agricultural executive committees in the financial year 1944 (ended 31st March, 1945) and brought to account on the Vote for my Department amounted to£19,522,209 and£11,765,639 respectively. The corresponding figures for the financial year 1945—partly estimated—are£19,000,000 and£21,000,000. The above figures do not include the cost of common services, supplies, e.g. accommodation, stationery, printing, postages, etc., nor the cost of maintenance of prisoners of war employed in agriculture, borne on the Votes of other Departments.