HC Deb 26 March 1968 vol 761 c1149
13. Mr. Dance

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government, when he proposes to make a statement about the confirmation of the green belt to the south of Birmingham.

Mr. MacDermot

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 28th November. 1967.—[Vol. 755, c. 43.]

Mr. Dance

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that the delay in coming to a decision has gone on for a long time and is causing much confusion, particularly among local authorities when considering planning permission for in-filling?

Mr. MacDermot

The local authorities have full powers for the control of development in the areas proposed by them as green belt land. It would not be right for the Minister to confirm the green belt before he has received the results of the study being undertaken by the Planning Conference.