HC Deb 25 June 1956 vol 555 cc13-4W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many persons were employed, and at what cost to public funds, in the county agricultural committees in 1955 and 1938, respectively.

Mr. Amory

The War Agricultural Executive Committees only existed in skeleton form in 1938 and had no staff.

The paid staff of County Agricultural Executive Committees in 1955–56 averaged 4,500, and the cost of their wages and salaries was £2,363,605.

In addition, 1,170 members of the National Agricultural Advisory Service and the Agricultural Land Service, at a cost of about £1,170,000 in wages and salaries, were attached to county offices; and approximately 2,700 industrial workers were employed in 1955–56 on contract services whose wages were charged to the users of the services.