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Inspectors

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the numbers and percentages of the total of his Department's current inspectors who were recruited from (a) central Government, (b) local government, (c) the diplomatic service, (d) the armed services, (e) private enterprise and (f) other sources.

The following list gives the numbers and percentages of the Department's current salaried inspectors who fall into each of the categories listed:

NumberPercentage of total
(a) central government3719
(b) local government11458
(c) the diplomatic service116
(d) the armed services158
(e) private enterprise73
(f) other sources126
TOTAL196100

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was (a) the total strength of the salaried inspectorate, excluding management, and (b) the total strength of the salaried inspectorate, including management, for the last five years to the latest available date.

The total strength of the salaried inspectorate over the last five years, as at 1 October each year is as follows:

(a) excluding administrative staff and senior management(b) including administrative staff and senior management
1981201405
1982180372
1983166356
1984168359
1985186393

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment pursuant to the Answer of 16 January, Official Report, column 152, if he will publish in the Official Report details of the range of recognised professional qualifications required of his Department's inspectors to consider planning appeals under the Town and Country Planning Acts and related legislation.

The range of recognised professional qualifications required of housing and planning inspectors in the Department of the Environment is as follows:Corporate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (any sub-division); registered architects; banisters called to the English or Northern Ireland bars, advocates called to the Scottish bar, or solicitors admitted in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Exceptionally, candidates without a professional qualification can also be considered if they have experience of special value to the planning inspectorate.