§ Mr. Dafis
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what was the estimated total staffing level for the Environment Agency in 1996; what are his estimates for(a) 1997, (b) 1998 and 481W (c) 1999; and what additional responsibilities the Environment Agency will be taking on during this period. 
§ Angela Eagle
The staffing level of the Environment Agency is a matter for the Agency. The Agency's 1997–98 Corporate Plan shows the following total staffing figures: 1996–97 budget 9,450; 1997–98 plan 9,300; 1998–99 plan 9,100; and 1999–2000 plan 8,950. The 1998–99 Corporate Plan is in the course of preparation. The Government would discuss any changes in responsibilities with the Agency and would expect to announce any major additions.