HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 cc251-2W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what evidence he has that the improved planning appeal system has resulted in individual cases being decided more quickly by an appreciable degree; and what figures are available.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

Proposals for speeding up the planning appeals system were set out in a consultation paper issued by my Department on 21 October 1980 and comments on these proposals are now being considered. If all the suggested changes can be implemented there should overall be a worthwhile reduction in the time taken to determine appeals, but it is not possible at this stage to predict by how much.