HC Deb 12 April 1978 vol 947 c459W
Mr. David Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many questionnaires, statistical inquiries or investigations have been carried out, either wholly or partly at public expense, on behalf of or by his Department or by any public bodies for which he is responsible in 1976, 1977 and in 1978 to date, specifying their nature and purpose and their estimated total cost.

Mr. Shore

The wide-ranging information requested is not collated centrally and to do so would incur undue cost. However, the Department currently carries out 68 regular inquiries: 58 of local authorities—mainly financial, seven of