HC Deb 07 July 1971 vol 820 cc390-1W
87. Mr. Heffer

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is prepared to seek to establish a local ombudsman so that matters of planning procedures which can cause unnecessary difficulties can be referred to him.

Mr. Graham Page

We have announced our intention to introduce improved arrangements for the investigation of complaints alleging maladministration by local authorities and are now considering the outcome of our consultations with the local authority associations. But these arrangements would not take the place of planning appeals to the Secretary of State or of appeals to the ordinary courts on points of law or of procedural errors.

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