§ Mr. Beswick
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what measures have been taken to increase the staff of the Co-operative Department in Uganda: and how far it is proposed to bring the establishment to the level suggested by the committee of inquiry.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
In the Estimates for 1953 the establishment of co-operative officers is increased from 14 to 20, of assistant co-operative officers from 6 to 12 and of co-operative assistants from 40 to 100. The long-term aim is to give effect to the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry by providing one co-operative officer in each district and one co-operative assistant in each county, but limited facilities for training prevent this from being done immediately.
The increase of staff will have to be considered in the light of the general financial position.