§ Mr. Raynsford
The provision of information on the numbers of planning Inspectors is a matter for the Planning Inspectorate. I have therefore asked the Inspectorate's Chief Executive, Mr. Chris Shepley, to write to my hon. Friend.
Letter from Martin Brasher to Mr. Keith Vaz, dated 29 January 1999:The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has passed your Question about the number of Planning Inspectors to the Planning Inspectorate for reply. I am responding in Chris Shepley's absence on official business.The attached table sets out the information you require. A further recruitment programme is nearly complete.
Planning Inspectors—in post Date Full-time salaried Inspectors Part-time salaried Inspectors Fee-paid Inspectors 1 January 1997 217 14 201 1 January 1998 224 12 188 1 January 1999 209 45 135