§ Mr. Ross
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that we have adequate qualified staff to deal with the increased work that is necessary? Is it not the case that since the issue of the Central Scotland plan we have been promised 381 that studies will be carried out in all the other areas as well? Have we sufficient people to do that?
§ Mr. Noble
I can tell the hon. Member that I am happy about the position. Of the additional staff that we took on last year—numbering 48—17 are professional and technical officers, of whom six have qualifications in planning and economic research. In the course of the present financial year we expect to recruit another 25 professional and technical staff. I think that this will be adequate.