§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Giles Shaw)
§ Mr. Farr
I thank my hon. Friend for that brief reply, but is he aware that by the ingenious use of the appeal machinery it is possible to delay almost indefinitely the demolition of a house that has been improperly built? Does my hon. Friend think that that is right? Will he consider a way of speeding up the machinery, so that if it is admitted that a house has been built in an improper position it can be demolished without delay?
§ Mr. Douglas-Mann
Will the Minister accept that there is scope for great abuse in a system that makes it possible for someone who has applied for planning consent and had that consent refused and his appeal rejected to hold up the enforcement procedure while a fresh application is made? Does my hon. Friend agree that the procedure can go on almost indefinitely, and that legislative action may be needed to prevent that?