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Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) staff and (b) staff engaged in inspection work have been employed by (i) the Single Housing Inspectorate and (ii) the Planning Inspectorate in each year since 1997. [105871]

Housing inspection between 1997 and March 2003 was carried out by the Audit Commission (for local authorities) and the Housing Corporation (for registered social landlords). Both functions will be carried out by a single housing inspectorate within the Audit Commission as from 1 April 2003. The figures are shown in table 1.

Table 1

Total staff employed by the Audit Commission on inspection

Estimated number of staff in Inspection Directorate engaged in housing inspection work (full-time equivalents)

Total staff employed by the Housing Corporation on inspection



1. The Audit Commission's financial year runs from 1 November to 31 October.

2. The Housing Corporation's financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March: figures in column 4 therefore refer to 2002–03

The Audit Commission is responsible for carrying out inspections of local authority planning functions. The Planning Inspectorate deals with appeals and other casework under planning, housing, highways and allied legislation: the figures in shown in table 2, the Planning Inspectorate are not therefore directly comparable with those in table 1.

Table 2

Full-time equivalents

Total stuff employed

Number of inspectors

2002–03 (as at 3 March 2003)876.9429.2


The Planning Inspectorate's financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March.