§ Mr. Redwood
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on Government policy towards planning applications for out-of-town stores. 
§ Mr. Caborn
The Government's policy toward out-of-town retail development is set out in our Response to the House of Commons Environment Committee report on Shopping Centres [Cmnd 3729], which reaffirmed our commitment to Planning Policy Guidance note 6 (PPG6): Town Centres and Retail Developments. Further clarification of PPG6 was given in answer to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Hull, West and Hessle (Mr. Johnson) on 11 February 1999,Official Report, columns 309–10.