HC Deb 20 June 1967 vol 748 c1392
32. Mr. Neave

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what progress he is making with his review of present legislation relating to the position of statutory undertakings in regard to planning and compensation; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Willey

Consultations are proceeding with the other Departments concerned in setting on foot an investigation of the position of the statutory undertakers under planning; and I am to meet the local authority associations and the Greater London Council early next month.

Mr. Neave

Does not the Minister consider that the Abingdon dispute demonstrated how urgent it is to have a review, and to continue his personal investigation and intervention to solve this problem by peaceful means?

Mr. Wiley

I am very much aware of the hon. Member's concern about this matter. The discussions will be held early next month, and in the light of those discussions we shall consider what action we should take.

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