§ Mr. Macfarlane
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many article 10 notices his Department has issued in (a) 1986 and (b) 1987; and if he will list them.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Article 10 of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977 empowers me to issue directions restricting the grant of planning permission by a local planning authority in any particular case. The power is most often used to give time to consider whether to direct under section 35 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971 that a particular application be referred to me for decision. A total of 135 Article 10 directions were issued in 1986, and a further 59 up to the end of June 1987. Detailed information on the cases concerned is not held centrally.