HC Deb 06 March 1962 vol 655 cc36-7W
53. Mr. J. Howard

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs how many appeals under Section 16 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1957, were heard by inspectors appointed by him during 1961 in England and Wales, Hampshire, and Southampton, respectively; how many of these appeals were dismissed; and how many appeals decided in favour of the appellant by the inspector were subsequently reversed by the Minister.

Mr. Rippon

The only comparative figures we have relate to total appeals decided, whether following an inquiry or written representations. In 1961, the number of appeals decided was 7,566 in England and Wales, 286 in Hampshire and 15 in Southampton; of these, 5,650, 224 and 14, respectively, were dismissed. During the year my right hon. Friend did not accept his inspector's recommendation in 182 cases, but I could not, without examining all the files, say how these are distributed geographically, nor in how many cases he dismissed the appeal against his Inspector's recommendation to allow.