HC Deb 09 January 2001 vol 360 c525W
Mr. Steen

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many area officers are employed by his Department to deal with farming matters; and if he will make a statement. [143948]

Ms Quin

[holding answer 8 January 2001]: The job title of area officer does not exist in my Department. However, within my Department there are well over 100 offices (excluding HQ offices) where the staff deal directly or indirectly with farming matters. A breakdown of staff numbers is as follows:

Core MAFF 4,541
Pesticides Safety Directorate 196
Veterinary Medicines Directorate 113
Veterinary Laboratories Agency 1,223
Farming and Rural Conservation Agency 831
Central Science Laboratory 627
Total 7,531

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