§ Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether he will describe the machinery set up in regional areas and/or municipal authorities for carrying out the tasks of his Ministry; and how far the personnel of his Ministry is substantially the same as that of the Ministry of Health when that Department was responsible for town and country planning?
§ Mr. H. Strauss
In order to facilitate co-operation with local authorities in town and country planning, ten planning officers have been appointed to cover the whole of England and Wales outside London. Their headquarters are at convenient centres and they are available for consultation by the local authorities, and also to advise the Ministry regarding problems arising in their areas. In answer to the last part of the Question, less than one-fifth of the staff of my Department served in the Ministry of Health.