HC Deb 26 March 1968 vol 761 cc1140-1
29. Mr. Costain

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what advice he has given to local planning authorities regarding the use of conditions attached to the grant of planning permissions; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Skeffington

My right hon. Friend has recently given advice to local planning authorities in a circular on the use of conditions in planning permissions. Copies of the circular—No. 5/68 dated 6th February, 1968—are available in the Library.

Mr. Costain

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the circular refers to things which are legally unenforceable? How does he account for the fact that a circular is being sent out by his Department which it is necessary to correct by introducing a new Act? Is not this superseding the work of Parliament?

Mr. Skeffington

So far as I understood the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, I do not think that that is the case. But I should be grateful if he would draw my attention to any provisions in the circular which have the effect to which he refers, and I will discuss the matter with him.

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