§ Mr. Durant
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he intends to bring into operation section 25 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.
§ Mr. Stanley
I propose to make an order bringing section 25 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 into operation on 1 September. This will enable local authorities to pass building plans provisionally or by stages where at present they would have to reject them. The new arrangements can only operate with the agreement of the builder and the local authority. They will introduce a measure of flexibility into the present procedures which should help to make for speedier and more efficient construction.