HC Deb 10 March 1947 vol 434 cc130-1W
53. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many clerks are employed to deal with returns made under the Threshing Order, 1946 (S.R. & O., 1946, No. 1058); and what use is being made of the information collected.

Mr. T. Williams

Work arising out of the Threshing Order, 1946, requires the equivalent of one-quarter of the time of one clerk at my Department's headquarters, and a very much smaller amount of time in the office of each county war agricultural executive committee. The returns provide an indication of the rate at which grain is moving off farms into consumption. They are also of service in connection with the administration and enforcement of the Home-Grown Cereals Control Orders of the Ministry of Food.