27. Mr. Alan W. Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the total number of employees(a) in the National Rivers Authority at its disestablishment and (b) in the Environment Agency at its launch. 
§ Mr. Clappison
There are 7,420 full-time equivalent posts in the National Rivers Authority. The equivalent number for the Environment Agency from 1 April 1996 is expected to be a little over 9,100—the agency will inherit the functions and staff of Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution as well as those of the National Rivers Authority.