§ Mr. Tebbit
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the powers which he possesses which ensure that local authorities pay proper respect to good planning practice in the detailed planning of developments where 79W they are both planning applicant and authority.
§ Mr. John Silkin
Development by local planning authorities is governed by the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1974. In particular, they empower the Secretary of State to require an authority to make application to him for planning permission. In addition, Section 276 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 empowers the Secretary of State to modify or revoke a planning permission.