§ Mr. Robert Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list all the regulatory bodies in the transport field that his Department is responsible for funding, giving the annual funding at the latest available date, in each case, and the numbers of staff employed.
§ Mr. Ridley
My Department does not fund any regulatory bodies in the transport field although it pays the salaries of the eight chairmen of traffic commissioners. The current annual cost is about £220,000. The staff of the traffic commissioners are civil servants employed by my Department.