HC Deb 22 October 1979 vol 972 c1W
Sir Derek Walker-Smith

asked the Prime Minister if she will examine the possibility of transferring the planning inspectorate from the Department of the Environment to the Lord Chancellor's Department, in order to enhance its authority and independence.

The Prime Minister

The planning inspectorate, whose function is administrative, not judicial, now provides a common service for the Department of the Environment and the Department of Transport. I am satisfied that this is right.