HC Deb 08 July 1974 vol 876 cc370-1W
Mr. Edge

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will issue a circular encouraging local authorities to set up area planning advice centres.

Mr. John Silkin

I welcome the initiative of those authorities which have set up planning advice centres and my hon. Friend the joint Under-Secretary of State. the Member for Widnes (Mr. Oakes), has already visited those at Leeds and Winchester. I am following with interest the progress of this development, which was strongly advocated in the interim report on development control by Mr. George Dobry, Q.C., I shall consider whether a circular is necessary when we have more experience of the working of the existing centres.

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