HC Deb 05 February 1963 vol 671 cc221-2
33. Mr. Loveys

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he is aware that the existing arrangements for exemption from the need to apply for planning permission by Government Departments are in some cases working unsatisfactorily; and what steps he proposes to take to improve the position.

Mr. Corfield

No, Sir. If my hon. Friend has a particular case in mind I shall be glad to look into it.

Mr. Loveys

Is my hon. Friend aware that although the "Circular 100 procedure" is working well on the whole, there are occasions—and I would like to take up his offer of bringing a few to his attention—where Government Departments appear to be taking advantage of the fact that they are under no obligation to notify local planning authorities of detailed plans of any of their proposed buildings? Will my hon. Friend consider issuing instructions to ensure that detailed plans are in future submitted to local authorities by Government Departments who wish to build in their areas?

Mr. Corfield

My hon. Friend is probably aware that where there is a dispute between a Government Department and a local planning authority my right hon. Friend is often asked to arbitrate. I have no evidence that the details are not supplied, but I shall make inquiries.

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