§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the regional planning document, A Developing Strategy for the West Midlands, has yet been formally submitted to him.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
No. The report of the West Midland Regional Study 1971 has been published and I have received a copy on an informal basis. As, however, the Chairman of the Planning Authorities' Conference says in his foreword, it has to be considered by the conference and local authorities and discussed with Government Departments and the Regional Economic Planning Council. The conference also hopes to receive comments from outside bodies of all kinds and from individuals, after which it will reach its own conclusions upon the report before submitting it with or without amendments to me.