HC Deb 26 April 1990 vol 171 c263W
Mr. Tom Arnold

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes he envisages to the planning system to speed up the road projects for which he has responsibility.

Mr. Atkins

We are speeding up road schemes by a range of measures. These include more effective procedures and organisation in the Department, more staff and greater use of the private sector. We do not propose to change statutory procedures at present or to reduce the opportunities of those affected by proposals for a full and fair hearing.