HC Deb 21 October 1971 vol 823 cc199-200W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many special investigators are now employed by his Department; what is their present annual cost in salaries; and how much public expenditure they are estimated to have saved as a result of their work during the last year.

Mr. Dean

The number of special investigators now employed in my Department is 265 at an average annual salary cost of £2,200 per investigator.

An exact calculation of savings is not possible, but in 1970—when the average number of investigators employed was 226—the estimated annual saving was just over £8,000 per investigator.