§ 33. Mr. Worsley
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will amend the Use Classes Order so that planning permission is required for a change of use from a shop to a restaurant or café.
§ Mr. Graham Page
As my hon. Friend is aware, representations about these changes of use have been considered and discussed with interested bodies; but a wider range of questions is involved in the current review of the Use Classes Order and we are not ready to make a new order.
§ Mr. Worsley
Is my right hon. Friend aware that that is a very disappointing reply? He told me a year ago that he had received representations from local authorities. Will he please take a decision on this in advance of the general discussion on these matters?
§ Mr. Page
I find it a disappointing reply too. I had hoped that we should be able to put before the House the amended Use Classes Order and the amended General Development Order at the same time. I want to do them both at once. The consultations with the local authority associations are taking a rather long time.
§ Mr. Robert C. Brown
I do not agree with the hon. Member. It is not a disappointing reply: it is a scandalous reply. Does the Minister realise that it is nearly 12 months since he told me precisely what he has just said, namely, that he hoped to do this in a few weeks' time? I told him a few months ago that if he did not get his finger out and have the order made I would have more chop suey shops in my constituency than bus shelters, and we are now approaching that situation very rapidly.