HC Deb 15 March 1976 vol 907 cc365-6W
Mr. Michael Spicer

asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will provide for all ADAS centres and sub-centres for the past four years figures showing the number of advisory visits made per year per staff member, the number of advisory specimens, plant samples and investigational samples per year per staff member, and the number of lectures, discussion groups and growers' meetings attended per year per staff member; and if he will publish this information annually in a review form so that the workload on each centre and sub-centre can be compared.

Mr. Peart

ADAS, which includes seven component services, has some 165 centres and sub-centres throughout England and Wales at regional, divisional and area level which undertake investigational and advisory work in the ways mentioned in the Question.

The details as sought, covering the whole of this diverse organisation are not readily available and the costs of obtain- ing them would be disproportionate. Workloads in ADAS are kept under continuous review, as they are for the whole of my Department.

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