HC Deb 29 July 1953 vol 518 c1270
12. Sir H. Roper

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he can now make a statement as to the use of North Hessary Tor for a transmitting station for television; whether a public inquiry is to be held; and when it is expected that a decision will be reached.

Mr. Gammans

In view of the public interest in this proposal, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government has arranged that no decision will be taken until a public inquiry has been held.

Sir H. Roper

Is my hon. Friend aware that this matter has now been dragging on for over a year and it is high time a decision was reached?

Mr. Gammans

That is so, but there is a good bit of local controversy in the West Country as to whether this site should be used for this particular purpose.

Mr. Dudley Williams

Would the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there is great anxiety in the West Country about this problem, and can he give any indication when this inquiry is likely to be set up and to reach a conclusion?

Mr. Gammans

I think that question should be put to the Minister who is holding the inquiry.

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