§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of staff currently employed by the National Rivers Authority; and what is the minimum number required to staff the National Rivers Authority.
§ Mr. Trippier
The National Rivers Authority's estimate of total staff in post at 30 September this year is 6,800. That number will be adjusted over time in the light both of the authority's assessment of priorities and of the income it receives from levies, grant and charges.
The Government have recently approved an increase in the authority's head office staffing from its present level of some 80 to 130. This demonstrates the priority that we attach to giving the authority the resources necessary to do its job.