§ Mr. William Edwards
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many public inquiries have been held in Wales during the last 12 months where the inspector has completed the inquiry and the public are now awaiting his decision; and what is the average waiting time for the Secretary of State's decision.
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
In the last 12 months, 292 inquiries have been held on my behalf. Decisions have been issued on 208 and reports are awaited on a further 23. The remaining 61 reports are under consideration. Planning and housing inquiries form the bulk of the total; the average time from inquiry to decision in these cases is about 16 weeks.