asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a list showing the number of employees for each regional water authority, together with the comparative figures for the number employed, at the date when the authorities were established; and if he will publish similar comparative figures for the totals of staff engaged, directly or indirectly, in design work within regional water authorities.
The earliest date for which figures are available for numbers of regional water authority employees is 31 March 1975. For a comparison between these and the latest ones, I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Brigg and Scunthorpe (Mr. Brown) on 20 December 1979.—[Vol. 976, c. 388.] Figures for totals of staff engaged in design work are not available.