§ Sir Neil Macfarlane
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the estimated cost for the Office of Water Supply and the National Rivers Authority in 1990; how many staff will he required; and how many offices will be required.
§ Mr. Howard
[holding answer 23 March 1989]: The current estimated costs of the water services office and the 155W customer services committees will be about £3.7 million in the year 1990–91; the staff will number about 80. The number of offices required is a matter for the Director General of Water Services to decide in due course.
The estimated cost of the National Rivers Authority in 1990–91 is £290 million. It is expected to employ some 6,500 staff. The vast majority of the NRA's staff will be based in the regions, mainly in accommodation which will transfer to it from the water authorities but a central policy unit of about 60 will be located in London in the offices currently occupied by the National Rivers Authority advisory committee.