§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the total number of staff(a) in his Department and (b) in each of the agencies for which he is responsible and their location in (i) London, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) each of the English regions. 
§ Mr. Morley
[holding answer 15 February 1999]: Information on numbers of staff in my Department and their regional distribution is contained in the Cabinet Office publication "Civil Service Statistics 1998", which is placed in the Library of the House. Civil Service Statistics also contain staffing figures for each of my Department's agencies but does not have information on the regional distribution of their staff so I have asked Agency Chief Executives to reply separately on this.
Letter from Johnston McNeill to Mr. David Chaytor, dated 23 February 1999:As Chief Executive of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) your question to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food requesting a list of the total staff and their locations in (i) London, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) each of the English Regions has been passed to me to reply as regards this Executive Agency.The MHS is not able to provide information on staffing numbers which correlate to the Regions you have requested. MHS Regions were set up on a geographical basis depending on the location of licensed fresh meat premises at which the Agency is required to provide an inspection service. The Regions are North, Central, South and East, South and West, Wales and Scotland. Total MHS staff based in these Regions are as follows:
Region Total staff North 472 Central 316 South and East 268 South and West 243 Wales 250 Scotland 193MHS Headquarters staff are included in the Northern Region data. For operational reasons, the MHS includes some part of Cumbria in its Scotland Region and parts of Herefordshire and Shropshire in its Wales Region.
Letter from G. K. Bruce to Mr. David Chaytor, dated 11 February 1999:The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked me to reply, in respect of the Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD), to your question concerning the location of staff in this Agency.335WThere are currently 199 staff in the Agency all of whom are based in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
Letter from P. I. Stanley to Mr. David Chaytor, dated 23 February 1999:The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has asked me to reply, in respect of the Central Science Laboratory (CSL), to your question concerning the number of staff employed and their location.CSL employs a total of 565 staff. Details of the locations at which the staff are based are given below.
Region Number of staff Wales 1 South East 5 South West 8 West Midlands 2 North West North East 1 Yorkshire and Humberside 425 East Midlands 1 Eastern 121These figures exclude casual staff and seasonal employees.
Letter from P. W. Greig-Smith to Mr. David Chaytor, dated 23 February 1999:The Minister has asked me to reply to your question concerning the total number of staff in his Department, and their location. I am replying on behalf of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS).The following table gives the regional distribution of CEFAS staff as at 10 February 1999:
Permanent staff Non-industrial Industrial South East 61 5 South West 62 1 North West 3 0 Eastern 272 31 Wales 15 5 Totals 413 42
Letter from T. W. A. Little to Mr. David Chaytor, dated 23 February 1999:The Minister has asked me to reply to your question on the total number of staff employed by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Figures are as follows:
Number of staff England Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk 28 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 2 Langford, North Somerset 22 Luddington, Warwickshire 35 Newcastle, Tyne & Wear 23 Penrith, Cumbria 22 Preston, Lancashire 25 Shrewsbury, Shropshire 31 Starcross, Devon 27 Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire 36 Thirsk, North Yorkshire 28 Truro, Cornwall 9 Winchester, Hampshire 28 Weybridge, Surrey 736 Total number of staff in England 1,052 Scotland Lasswade, Midlothian 27 Total number of staff in Scotland 27
Number of staff Wales Aberystwyth, Dyfed 10 Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire 19 Total number of staff in Wales 29 Total number of staff employed by VLA 1,108
Letter from Sarah Nason to Mr. David Chaytor, dated 11 February 1999:The Minister has asked me to reply, in respect of the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency (FRCA), to your question seeking the distribution of staff in London, Wales, Scotland and each of the English regions. The information, for permanent staff on a full time equivalent basis, is as follows:
Number of permanent staff London 22 South East 62 Total London and SE 84 South West 94.5 West Midlands 62.5 North West 13.5 North East 11 Merseyside 0 Yorkshire and Humberside 60 East Midlands 8 Eastern 64.5 Wales 45.5 Scotland 0 Northern Ireland 0 Unreported/elsewhere 0 Total 443.5
Letter from J. M. Rutter to Mr. David Chaytor, dated 12 February 1999:The Minister has asked me to reply to your question about the regional distribution of staff employed in the Veterinary Medicines Directorate as these figures are not held centrally.The Cabinet Office publication "Civil Service Statistics 1998" shows that the VMD employs 110 staff. 109 staff are located at Addlestone (South-East Region) and 1 member of staff is located at Carlisle (North-West Region).