HC Deb 24 September 1948 vol 456 cc177-8W
Mr. Marples

asked the Minister of Works what the Scientific Advisers section of his Department has cost since its inception; what was the rate of expenditure per annum at 31st August, 1948; and how many reports have been published since it came into existence.

Mr. Key

Expenditure on the salaries of the staff in the Chief Scientific Adviser's Division of the Ministry from its inception on 1st April, 1944, to the 31st March, 1948, totalled £689,700. At 31st August, 1948, expenditure was running at the rate of £177,000 per annum. These figures include the expenditure on the wages of the industrial staff employed at the Ministry's Field Test Unit. The Chief Scientific Adviser's Division has collaborated in the preparation of Codes of Practice, the Post-War Building Studies series, the Technical Appendices to the Housing Manual, and the various Memoranda which have been issued on Economy in the use of Materials. A report by the Division on Non-Traditional Building will shortly be published in the National Building Studies series. The Division has also been responsible for the preparation of a number of Site Manuals for use in non-traditional building, and for numerous articles in the Scientific and Technical Press.