§ Mr. Mullin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he expects to announce the outcome of the public inquiry held in early 1997 regarding proposed multi-screen cinema developments in Sunderland. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
Progress is being made in considering the Inspector's report. However, some of the issues are complex and there has been a significant amount of post-inquiry correspondence which needs careful examination. A decision will be issued as soon as this process is completed.