HC Deb 07 April 1952 vol 498 cc186-8W
104. Mr. Osborne

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many people he employs in the advisory and trading services, separately; what were the corresponding figures for each of the five previous years; and what was the annual cost.

Sir T. Dugdale

The following are the figures:

Statement of Non-Industrial Staff Employed on Advisory and Trading Services
Man power 1st April, 1952 (provisional) Estimated Cost 1952–53 (Salaries and wages) (a) Approximate Manpower at Estimated Annual Cost in Salaries and Wages (d)
31st March, 1951 31st March, 1950 31st March, 1949 31st March, 1948 31st March, 1947 1951–52 1950–51 1949–50 1948–49
£ £ £ £ £
National Agricultural Advisory Service 1,750 1,352,054 1,758 1,769 1,713 1,539 1,428 1,087,000 1,080,000 1,071,000 879,000
C.A.E.C. Trading Services 1,100 (b) 397,855 1,805 3,251 4,866 4,790 Figures not available 492,000 (c) 805,000 (c) 1,251,000 (c) 1,415,000 (c)
Industrial staff engaged on trading services who are direct employees of the County Agricultural Executive Committees and not of the Government, are not included. Their numbers have been reduced from 65,000 in 1948 to 6,400 at the present time.
(a) The cost of travelling and the proportion of overhead costs attributable to the two Services are not included.
(b) Expected to reduce to 1,040 by 31st March, 1953.
(c) Against these outgoings are to be set a proportion of the cash receipts which are brought into account as Appropriations in Aid (Civil Estimates Class VI 9. Subhead Z).
(d) Details for financial years before 1948–49 are not readily available.