§ Mr. Cledwyn Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to increase the number of inspectors so that the hearing of planning appeals in Wales may be expedited.
§ Mr. Gibson-Watt
For planning inquiries in Wales my right hon. and68W learned Friend has the services of the Planning Inspectorate of the Department of the Environment. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has over the past two years conducted a vigorous recruiting campaign covering both England and Wales which has increased the number of inspectors engaged on planning matters by about 60 per cent.