The Lands Department is seeking additional manpower resources to cope with the increasing workload arising from the significant increases in land supply and flats production. Director of Lands Bob Pope said his department submitted its resources allocation bid, applying for additional staff. The extra workforce was to meet rising work loads relating to the increases in flats production and land supply, he said. The Lands Department is one of the main departments, playing an important role in helping achieve the Government's target of having 85,000 flats produced every year. Mr Pope said he was confident the department would be given additional resources to do the work. The extra manpower being sought ranged from legal people, surveyors to clerical staff. The Lands Department also was trying to contract out more of its works to the private sector to streamline its operation, he said. It has started contracting out some paperworks relating to the processing of the Deeds of Mutual Covenant, a document setting out rights and obligations of individual property owners. Other government units such as the planning department, housing department, and transport and works branches also are believed to be putting cases for extra resources.