§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what planning powers he holds in respect of county councils that award themselves deemed planning permission in contravention of their own structure plans; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
The Town and Country Planning (Development Plans) (England) Direction 1981 requires local planning authorities to report to my right hon. Friend any development proposal that would materially conflict with or prejudice the implementation of the development plan. My right hon. Friend may then require the proposal to be referred to him for decision.
Teacher numbers January each year Actual (thousands) Full-lime equivalent (thousands) Pupil numbers Full-time equivalent (thousands) Overall pupil/teacher ratio 19601 — — — — 1970 347.8 328.7 7,514.9 22.9 1980 455.7 438.1 8,183.2 18.7 1989 421.0 397.4 6,761.7 17.0 19902 424.6 398.5 — — 1 Not readily available. 2 Data on pupil numbers are not yet available.