To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) health and safety officers, (b) trading standards officers, (c) environmental health officers,(d) road safety officers, (e) housing inspectors and (f) planning officers have been employed by local authorities in each year since 1997. 
The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, I understand that the Employers Organisation hold some data and I will write to the hon. Member with further details. I will place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.