§ Mr. Arthur Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the totals of persons of qualified professional staff, listed by their respective qualification or profession, employed by local authorities and by his Department; and what steps he intends to take to minimise any duplication of functions or unnecessary supervision of work by central Government which can be adequately performed at local authority level.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
My Department does not keep detailed records of professional staff employed by local authorities.
The information on qualified staff currently employed by my Department is, by profession, as follows:
225W A majority of these are employed on Central Government projects. Local government reform will provide an opportunity of eliminating any unnecessary supervision and of seeing that no unnecessary duplication of functions exists.
Accountants 10 Alkali Inspectors 26 Architects 612 Ancient Monuments Inspectors 36 Building Surveyors 215 Chemists 1 Civil Engineers 914 Economists 63 Engineering Inspectors 46 Estate Surveyors 267 Housing Planning Inspectors 152 Land Surveyors 4 Legal 37 Mechanical and Electrical Engineers 657 Medical 1 Planners 103 Psychologists 3 Quantity Surveyors 484 Scientists 351 Statisticians 34