HC Deb 11 July 1973 vol 859 cc351-2W
62. Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to prevent people taking advantage of the delays in planning appeal procedures in order to frustrate the wishes and decisions of local planning authorities; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Graham Page

On the basis of the evidence so far brought to my attention, I consider that the main action called for is to continue the drive to keep planning delays to a minimum. In so far as appeals are concerned, my Department is doing this by the recruitment of more inspectors; in addition, a circular which I have prepared on planning procedures will refer to administrative steps being taken to reduce delays.

Railways (Government Policy) 61. Mr. David Price

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement upon his policy towards the future of the British Rail network.

Mr. Peyton

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave earlier today to a similar Question from the hon. Member for Derby, North (Mr. Whitehead).