§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about the sale by Liverpool city council of public open spaces to developers; if he will call in all development applications involved in inquiries by Merseyside police; if he will hold public inquiries into subsequent applications; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
[holding answer 21 January 1991]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received 45 letters, including those from the hon. Member, and a petition of 65 signatures. He has no plans for calling-in or holding inquiries into planning applications involving investigation by the Merseyside police. As I stated in my reply to a question by the hon. Member on 14 December at col. 518, the Secretary of State is unlikely to intervene unless applications raise planning issues of more than local importance.