§ Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment which local authorities have indicated their intention to employ additional staff to administer charges for processing building regulation approvals.
§ Mr. Stanley
: This information is not yet available. My right hon. Friend has said that he will look at the working of the fees scheme after 6 months operation. At that time he will be asking interested bodies including the local authority associations to report on how the scheme is being administered. In the circular which accompanied the fees regulations (DOE circular 6/80) local authorities were told that the Secretary of State expected local authorities to provide any required staff resources from existing manpower provisions.