§ Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many authorisations, and to which bodies, he has granted under section 40 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971.
§ Mr. Benn
Since March 1974 deemed planning permission under section 40 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 has been granted on six occasions in connection with power stations, and in respect of some 15,400 overhead electricity lines. No deemed planning permissions have been granted in respect of gas industry developments.