HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 cc354-5W
37. Mr. Fabricant

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment they have made of the benefits of allowing the use of church property for mobile telephone antennae. [101993]

Mr. Stuart Bell

The Commissioners are approached from time to time with requests to permit the installation of mobile phone antennae on their agricultural land. Requests are dealt with on a case by case basis, taking into account the impact on the surrounding area, and are subject to the planning process.

The Commissioners do not have responsibility for granting requests to erect mobile phone antennae on churches in use which are a matter for Diocesan Advisory Committees and planning authorities.