HC Deb 29 October 1980 vol 991 cc309-10W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress he has made in considering alternatives to the rating system.

Mr. King

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on Tuesday 3 June to my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch and Lymington (Mr. Adley).—(Vol. 985, c. 672.]

My right hon. Friend strongly supports the principle of environmental assessment but he doubts whether it is an appropriate matter for statutory regulation in view of the varying scale, nature and circumstances of projects and the need for more flexibility and speed in decision making.

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