§ 56. Mr. Renton
asked the Minister of Supply why the staff of his Department increased from 33,578 on 1st October, 1954, to 33,850 on 1st January, 1955.
§ Sir E. Boyle
The increase of 272 non-industrial staff arises from the continued expansion of the research and development effort and from the need for more supervisory and inspection staffs to meet the increased defence production in the Royal Ordnance factories and in industry. There has been a further reduction of the staff in the administrative branches.