asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food the total amount of money paid by the Government to livestock auctioneers by way of compensation and for any other services rendered by them, respectively; the number of livestock auctioneers fully occupied in the service of his Department, and the total annual remuneration paid to them?
No payment is made by my Department to livestock auctioneers by way of compensation. Livestock auctioneers have acted as county chairmen of auctioneers, district chairmen of auctioneers. Government buyers and certifying officers. The sum of £498,968 has been paid in respect of salaries and expenses of these part-time officers. In addition, the sum of £2,382,504 has been paid in respect of headage charge on the number of stock handled at the markets. The number of livestock auctioneers fully occupied in the service of the Ministry in connection with the Meat and Livestock Control Scheme is nine. The total of their salaries is £6,890 per annum.