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Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many inspectors were employed by his Department in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 1997-98. (228091)

DEFRA was created in June 2001, and the following information relates to the period since then.

In 2007-08, DEFRA, excluding the Executive agencies, employed 24 drinking water inspectors and 86 plant health and seeds inspectors.

Information on the number of Inspectors working in DEFRA’s Executive agencies over this period could be provided only by incurring disproportionate cost.