HC Deb 08 May 1950 vol 475 cc9-10W
82. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Food the total cost of the recent issue of new ration books; and if he will give particulars of the cost of the number of persons employed, for how long, including overtime, and the cost of printing and paper.

Mr. F. Willey

Ration book distribution began on 17th April and will continue until 20th May. I therefore cannot give the final cost, but I estimate that it will be about £675,000. Of this sum the cost of casual staff (taken on for three to five weeks) will be about £320,000 including overtime, and that of printing and paper about £150,000. Other expenses include the pay of regular staff temporarily used on this work and the cost of advertising and extra accommodation.