HC Deb 26 February 1973 vol 851 cc273-4W
Sir R. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will suggest to planning authorities that they should make it a condition of planning consent for new supermarkets or shops over a specified size that some toilet accommodation should be provided for customers.

Mr. Channon

No. Such a condition would not normally be within the scope of planning powers.

Section 89 of the Public Health Act 1936 gives power to local authorities to require the provision of sanitary conveniences for people using cafes and restaurants, including supermarkets and shops incorporating eating places. The question of the level of provision of lavatories in all kinds of buildings—including shops—is being examined in connection with the proposals for a Building Bill.