§ Mr. R. Morgan
asked the Minister of Agriculture why, in connection with the post of assistant-botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, recruiting is not to the grade of botanists on a scale of £337 to £738 per annum, in view of the fact that this is the officially recognised recruiting grade for persons professing the qualifications required; and whether he will give an assurance that appointment will be made to this grade?
§ Mr. Markham
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that 2580W advertisements have recently appeared inviting applicants for the post of assistant botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, at a commencing salary of £155 per annum; whether he is satisfied that such emoluments will attract properly-qualified botanists who are university graduates and have done research work for at least two years in systematic botany; and whether he will give particulars of scales of salaries paid to scientists in the employ of the Ministry at the Royal Botanic Gardens?
§ Sir R. Dorman-Smith
I am giving further consideration to the qualifications required for the post of Assistant Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and, in the meantime, I am taking no further steps to fill the vacancy.