§ Mrs. Peacock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment who appoints members of mineral planning authorities; to whom they report; and what are their terms of reference.
§ Mr. Baldry
[holding answer 15 June 1992]: Within the shire counties, London and the metropolitan districts, the members of the mineral planning authorities are not appointed but are elected through the local government elections. In national parks, the Secretary of State appoints one third of the members of the mineral planning authority, the remaining two thirds are appointed by the local authorities involved.
Members of mineral planning authorities would normally report to the chairperson of any committee on which they sit; in national parks they would normally report to the chairman of the board or committee of the park.
There are no fixed terms of reference for mineral planning authorities.