§ Mr. Gareth Wardell
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will indicate when he intends to introduce a commencement order to bring section 1 of the Town and Country Planning (Minerals) Act 1981 into force.
§ Mr. Tracey
During the passage of what is now the 1981 Act an undertaking was given that section 1 would not be implemented until the General Development Order 1977 had been amended to permit the removal of material from bona fide stockpiles and small or temporary mineral-working deposits. That amendment was tabled on 20 December 1985, as class XXVII of the Town and Country Planning General Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1985. Subject to parliamentary approval, it will come into operation on 1 March 1986, and an order to commence section 1 will be made as soon as possible thereafter.