§ Mr. Byers
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff his Department employs on a regional basis in each standard English region; what is the cost of running these regional operations; what was the total budget for each region in 1994–95; and what are the main purposes for which the budget is used. 351W
§ Mr. Norris
[holding answer 22 November 1995]: My Department employs the following number of staff in the Government offices for the regions:
Numbers East Midlands 12 Eastern 10 London 68 North west 12 Northern 21 South west 9 West Midlands 10 Yorkshire and Humberside 4 Total 146
The financial resources required for managing the Government offices are integrated and a separated figure for expenditure on the transport element is not available.
My Department also employs a number of staff in the regions in its executive agencies, its traffic area network and a number of HQ branches. These staff are not employed on a regional basis and a breakdown of each region would be available only at a disproportionate cost.