§ Mr. Fox
We are carrying out consultations on proposed changes to the town and country planning general development order along the lines recommended by the Stevens committee. These would bring the provisions relating to deep-mined coal more closely into line with those for other minerals. In general, we consider that other changes which the committee has proposed to the law relating to planning control over mineral working should apply to deep-mined coal, and onshore oil and natural gas as well as to other minerals.
§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will implement paragraphs 7.0 and 7.1 of the Stevens report relating to the elimination of time limits for the commencement of mineral workings and take steps to repeal section 41 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971.252W