To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government the number of staffing requests received from the building control section of each local authority in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the number granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
My Department receives staffing sanction request applications for specified grades of posts in the local authority rather than by business location. Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible.
Accordingly, the information is not available in my Department but may be available directly from individual local authorities.
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