HC Deb 15 July 1971 vol 821 cc700-1
13. Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will introduce legislation whereby all Ministry of Defence buildings have to be approved by the planning department of the appropriate local authority.

The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army (Mr. Geoffrey Johnson Smith)

No, Sir.

Mr. Stratton Mills

Will my hon. Friend see whether the procedure might be improved? Is he aware that the submission by courtesy to the local authority of the Army's plans is no satisfactory alternative? Is there any practical or strategic reason why plans should not be submitted by the Army as they are by any private individual or commercial body?

Mr. Johnson Smith

The arrangements under which we operate under the Circular 100 procedure have caused general satisfaction over the years. If my hon. Friend is dissatisfied with this arrangement, I suggest that he gets in touch with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment.