Agricultural Advisory Services (Posts)

Oral Answers to Questions — Technical Co-Operation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Walter Loveys Mr Walter Loveys , Chichester 12:00 am, 30th July 1964

asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation whether the extra posts added to the establishments of the National Agricultural Advisory Service and the Scottish Agricultural Inspectorate to cater for overseas needs have now been filled.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

One of the six extra posts for the Scottish Advisory Services has been filled and it is expected that 15 out of the 24 extra posts for the National Agricultural Advisory Service will be filled shortly.

Photo of Mr Walter Loveys Mr Walter Loveys , Chichester

Does not my right hon. Friend consider this slow rate of recruitment somewhat unsatisfactory? May I ask whether he can give any special reason for this and what steps he intends to take to improve the position?

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

I have certainly been disappointed at the rate of recruitment. We must bear in mind that this was a new idea and, therefore, may have been a little slow in attracting attention, and also that last year there was pretty severe competition for agricultural graduates, for example, from industry. The fact that we now have 15 out of 24 of the N.A.A.S. posts on the point of being filled will show that recruitment is now going faster.