[holding answer 23 January 2007]: Results of research commissioned by English Heritage and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and carried out by Oxford Brookes University was published in “Local Authority Conservation Provision in England” (February 2003). This states that 85 per cent. of local authorities can draw on at least some in-house conservation expertise. The average per authority is 1.7 full-time equivalent specialists.
A recent telephone survey of planning authorities, part of further research by English Heritage and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, suggests that there has been little change since 2003.