§ Captain Kerby
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the cost of civil defence in West Sussex during 1957; how many persons were engaged in full-and part-time civil defence duties during that year; and how these figures compare with 1956 and 1946.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
In the financial year 1956–57 expenditure by the West Sussex County Council on civil defence functions for which I am the responsible Minister was £38,262. The corresponding figure for 1955–56 was £41,148. In 1946–47 when the local authorities did not have their present functions under the Civil Defence Act, 1948, expenditure of £20,230 was incurred by the County Council and by County District Councils in winding up the war-time organisation concerned with functions for which my Department was responsible.
On 31st December, 1957, the County Council employed seven persons on full-time duties as civil defence officers and instructors, which was one more than a year before. In addition some 100 persons were available in each year for occasional duty as instructors. Figures for 1946 are not available.