§ Mr. Batiste
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many civil servants employed by his Department and engaged primarily on regional matters are based in (a) Yorkshire and Humberside, (b) the north-east and (c) the north-west.
§ Mr. Jopling
Staff employed in the Ministry's regional organisation are engaged on duties which are primarily10W concerned with implementing its responsibilities within the area in which they are located. Staff in the Ministry's divisional office areas which approximate to the regions given in the question are as follows:
Divisional office area Number of Staff (a) Beverley and Northallerton 323 (b) Newcastle 222 (c) Carlisle and Preston 349
In addition, all 242 staff employed at the northern regional office at Leeds are concerned with the regions quoted, as are a proportion of the 310½ staff at the midlands and western regional office in Wolverhampton which is responsible for four divisional offices, one of which, Preston, is in the north west. A further 92 staff are employed in three experimental husbandry farms.