asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made of the number of extra rent officers who will be required, and at what cost to the public, to cope with the additional work that would result from a change in the period of review for fair rents from three to two years.
Paragraph 25 of the explanatory memorandum to the Housing Bill estimates that the additional work for the rent officer service resulting from the proposed aboliton of controlled tenancies and from the change to which my hon. Friend refers may cost abount £1 million annually by 1982–83. This assumes a possible increase in staff, who currently number 1,330, of about 10 per cent. It is not possible to forecast the breakdown of any increase between rent officers and supporting staff.