§ 30. Mr. McTaggart
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the expected saving to public funds of the closure of the Glasgow outstation of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist.
§ Mr. Michael Marshall
There will be a saving of 3½, or possibly 4½, Civil Service posts with consequent savings in wages and overheads, of about £20,000 per annum, and a saving to LGC management of the cost of administering the outstation, together with the costs of heating, lighting, telephone, postage and travelling and, in due course, the cost of the accommodation itself. After the closure of the Glasgow outstation its work can be diverted to other parts of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist where it can be done much more cheaply. The precise amount saved in this way will depend on the amount of business thus diverted, but the direct cost to the Department may be approximately halved.