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Poultry Research Centre

Volume 932: debated on Friday 20 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the cost to public funds of the Poultry Research Centre's study on the causes and prevention of eggshell breakage; how many staff, full and part-time, were engaged in it; and what salaries, fees, other remunerations and expenses were paid to them.

I have been asked to reply.The total cost of this programme since 1972 is £38,000. Of this about £13,000 is attributable to the remuneration of up to six staff who have been employed on the work, part-time.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the total number of people employed at the Poultry Research Centre in each year since its inception.

I have been asked to reply.The centre was founded in 1947 by the Agricultural Research Council. Records of the number of scientific and experimental staff employed are available from 1949. The information available about the total number of staff is as follows:

YearTotal
196370
196479
196592
196695
1967118
1968135
1969153
1970169
1971217
1972224
1974222
1973222
1975216
1976210

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the cost to public funds of the Poultry Research Centre in each year since its inception.

I have been asked to reply.Figures are not available for the period 1947–56. Available information is set out below:

Financial YearNet Expenditure
(£000)
1956–5744·9
1957–5866·7
1958–5959·7
1959–6063·6
1960–6180·0
1961–6284·8
1962–6395·3
1963–64118·8
1964–65162·4
1965–66170·3
1966–67249·2
1967–68436·7
1968–69424·7
1969–70741·1
1970–71782·1
1971–72674·6
1972–73693·9
1973–74740·6
1974–75869·7
1975–761,019·5
1976–77 (provisional)1,107·3
8,678·4