HC Deb 01 April 1981 vol 2 c126W
43. Mr. Dover

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has any plans designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the public inquiries held by his inspectors.

Mr. Giles Shaw

My inspectors are always concerned to conduct inquiries in an efficient and effective manner. I am, however, making various improvements in the arrangements for planning appeals. The new procedure for "instant decisions" is now being widely applied, and I am arranging for an experiment with informal hearings. I expect to announce other measures shortly following the consultation paper issued last October and a study by management consultants.