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Veterinary Inspectors (Salaries)

Volume 440: debated on Monday 21 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that widespread dissatisfaction is felt by veterinary officers of his Animal Health Division, expressed by resolutions recorded by the Central Veterinary Society and the Council of the National Veterinary Medical Association, with his decision regarding salaries and conditions of service; and, as this dissatisfaction must lead to increased reluctance on the part of veterinary surgeons to work for his Department, with resulting injury to the future welfare of the livestock industry, whether he will rectify this position.

I am, of course, aware of the views of the National Veterinary Medical Association, but I am satisfied that the salaries recently fixed for my veterinary inspectors (which are substantially higher than the salaries previously in operation) are reasonable in relation to the revised salaries of other scientific and technical officers of the Civil Service.