HC Deb 28 March 1990 vol 170 cc201-2W
Mr. Bidwell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will announce his decision concerning the planning application for a Hindu temple to be built in the borough of Hertsmere.

Mr. Moynihan

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, West (Mr. Jones) on 20 March at columns600-17.

Mr. Chris Patten

There are six deputy secretaries in DOE (central). Their responsibilities are planning, inner cities and rural affairs; local government and finance; environmental protection; legal services; housing, construction and sport; and establishments and the built heritage. The planning inspectorate and regional directors also report to the deputy secretary responsible for establishments and the built heritage. There are a further three deputy secretaries in the Property Services Agency.

The numbers of staff by grade reporting to each of the deputy secretaries in DOE(C) on 1 February are set out in the table.

There are also certain groups within DOE(C) which do not report through a deputy secretary. These consist of private offices (with 63 staff) and information (with 44 staff).

The figures also exclude staff at the Historic Royal Palaces Agency which became an executive agency on 2 October 1989, and the Building Research Establishment, which it is proposed should become an executive agency on 2 April 1990.

I will write to my hon. Friend with further information regarding the Property Services Agency.