HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 cc36-7W
Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Minister of Food what are the average annual extra costs to the merchant who accepts appointment as a section trade adviser; how many extra persons are usually necessary on the staff employed by each section trade adviser; what is the average tonnage on which section trade advisers are partly remunerated by his Department; and what is the average increase since 1939 in this figure.

Mr. Strachey

Detailed investigation into costs and other matters would be necessary to get the information asked for in the first two parts of the Question; and, as I see no reason to review the rate of remuneration which was fixed some years ago, I do not propose to go to the expense of making a detailed costs investigation. Section trade advisers were not appointed until 1941. The average tonnage handled by a section trade adviser in recent financil years was

1944–45 42,292
1945–46 52,729
946–47 26,244
1947–48 25,497
1948–49 38,231
(to 28th February, 1949)