§ Mr. Millan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidelines he has issued to local authorities in Scotland regarding planning applications for out-of-town shopping developments; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Rifkind
In recognition of the significant changes which have taken place in recent years in shopping facilities and shopping patterns, my Department initiated consultations early last year on a revision of the national planning guidelines on the location of major retail developments. This led to the issue of new guidelines in December 1986. The guidelines were issued under cover of Scottish development circular No. 38/1986, and I am arranging for a copy to be sent to the right hon. Member.