HC Deb 15 March 1993 vol 221 cc37-8W
Mr. Martlew

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many inspectors have been employed to carry out the scheduling of sites of archaeological interest in England in each year since 1985; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Brooke

Prior to 1988 there were 15 English Heritage inspectors dealing with all matters concerning ancient monuments in England; none of these was concerned specifically with the scheduling of monuments. English Heritage subsequently embarked on its monuments protection programme (MPP) and in 1988 three inspectors were appointed with specific responsibility for managing the MPP and supervising field workers who now prepare scheduling recommendations. The complement of field workers has risen from four in 1989–90 to eight in 1990–91, 13 in 1991–92, and 16 in 1992–93.