HC Deb 24 May 1966 vol 729 cc266-7
5. Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what administrative arrangements he is making for integrating the functions and staff of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources with those of his own Department.

Mr. Crossman

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House last week, the integration of the staff of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources with that of my Department is already far advanced.

Mr. Jenkin

How many staff will this amalgamation save?

Mr. Crossman

We are integrating the existing staff. The reorganisation comes at a later stage. I was asked about the integration.

Mr. Rippon

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider issuing a White Paper on this matter, as there is considerable concern about the way in which the functions of his Department are being altered, when he is already overloaded?

Mr. Crossman

I shall certainly consider it, but I should have thought that it would be more to the convenience of hon. Members, if they are keen to know, if I wrote and told them the details. These are not major reorganisations, and I think that I can deal with this best by letter.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Will my right hon. Friend give an assurance that there will be a Minister with special responsibilities for countryside problems?

Mr. Crossman

There is a Minister with responsibility for this. It is my right hon. Friend the Minister of Land and Natural Resources.