§ Mr. Ottaway
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to review Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 as it affects the siting and erection of telecommunication masts. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
We have no immediate plans to review the basic approach of Planning Policy Guidance note 8 to the siting and erection of telecommunication masts. Work is in hand with representatives of local planning authorities and telecommunications code system operators to review the working of the Code of Best Practice for Telecommunications Prior Approval Procedures as applied to Mast/Tower Development, which was published by my Department last year.