HC Deb 16 June 1954 vol 528 c139W
9. Mr. G. Brown

asked the Minister of Food the total amount of money expended by his Department over the past 2½ years in buying coarse grains of no feeding value from British farmers; what steps were taken by his Department to examine the grain before purchase; and whether he will set up a public inquiry into this matter.

Major Lloyd George

None. The 1951 and 1952 crops were not purchased by my Department. From the 1953 crop coarse grain of sound merchantable quality only was bought and handled for the Department by people thoroughly experienced in the trade. The last part of the Question does not, therefore, arise.

Appointments Salary Scales Special Qualifications
8 area livestock inspectors £1,030–£1,230 Ability to estimate carcase weights of live animals and to supervise grading; at the higher level, ability to organise and control the work of a team of inspectors.
76 district livestock inspectors £830–£995
7area markets officers £1,030£1,230 Intimate knowledge of the operation of fatstock markets; knowledge of commercial values of fatstock; capacity to assess and report upon the efficiency of fatstock markets in so far as the Government's financial liability is affected; at the higher level, ability to organise and control the work of a team of markets officers.
40 district markets officers £830–£995
40 fatstock graders £665–£830 Wide practical experience of classification, grading and live evaluation of fatstock.
8 area meat graders £1,030–£1,230 Ability to interpret meat grading specifications with reliability; at the higher level, ability to control the work of a group of graders.
Approximately 120 meat graders in three grades (applications for approval of deadweight certification centres are still being received; no firm figure of the number of meat graders required can therefore be given) £830– £995
7 pig supply inspectors £550–£760 Ability to grade pigs for bacon, to supervise work of checkweighers, and to deal with grading queries from pig producers and bacon factories.