§ 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 37W 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
Tons. 1944–45 … 42,292 1945–46 … 52,729 946–47 … 26,244 1947–48 … 25,497 1948–49 … 38,231 (to 28th February, 1949)