Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Established and Unestablished Civil Servants.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state the numbers of (a) established and (b) unestablished civil servants and the amount of the expenditure on remuneration and allowances under each heading borne on Vote 27 in each of the years 1947-48 to 1951-52.

The number of (a) established and (b) unestablished officers or employees on the staff of my Department on 1st January in each of the years 1947-1951 are as follows:—

Established

Unestablished

1947

657

965

1948

683

983

1949

672

993

1950

724

1,085

1951

743

1,242

The information asked for in the second part of the Deputy's question would involve a very considerable amount of examination of individual records and the extraction and compilation of figures, work which I do not consider I could authorise at the public expense unless the Deputy can satisfy me that the production of the information would justify the expenditure of the time and money involved.