HC Deb 18 March 1952 vol 497 cc190-1W
62. Mr. C. S. Taylor

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many people are employed by the Social Survey Department of the Central Office of Information; what is the annual cost of the Department; and what investigations are at present being carried out.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The staff of the Social Survey on 15th March, 1952, was 90 and the cost of salaries in 1951–52 is estimated at £52,700. The corresponding figures for 1952–53 are 81 and £47,500. The total cost of the Survey, including fees and expenses of part-time interviewers, is estimated at £121,000 for 1951–52 and £110,000 for 1952–53.

Particulars of the four investigations at present being carried out are as follows:

Experimental studies for a cost of living budgetary inquiry (for the Central Statistical Office);

Survey of sickness (for the Registrar General);

Taxation and incentives in industry (for the Royal Commission on Taxation and Profits and Income);

General practitioners and the public (for the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Central Health Services Council's Committee on General Practice).