HC Deb 21 March 1978 vol 946 c540W
28. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to institute a public inquiry procedure before Ministry of Defence bases, no matter to which Service they belong, are considered for reactivation.

Mr. Mulley

No. A non-statutory public inquiry is one of the methods for dealing with unresolved disagreements arising out of Government development proposals of all kinds. If there is no disagreement, or if there are ways in which objections can be met or overcome, the holding of an inquiry would be unnecessary.