§ Mr. Dudley Smith
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider amending the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1972 to provide a new use class designed for high technology industries.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
We are currently considering suggestions which have been made that the terms of the Use Classes Order inhibit the development of high technology industries, and our attention has been drawn to a report by Herring Son and Daw which touches on this. It is clearly important that local planning authorities should not impose unnecessary restrictions on such developments. I shall write to my hon. Friend when we have more fully considered the matter.