§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is his timetable for dealing with the report of the panel on Regional Planning Guidance for the south-east of England; and what opportunities there will be for the public to have their views on the panel report taken into account. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
[holding answer 5 November 1999]: There will be an opportunity for the public to make their views known when the Government's proposed changes to the draft Regional Planning Guidance are published for consultation. As my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning indicated in the Opposition Day debate on Planning on 2 November 1999, Official Report, column 1221, we hope this will happen early in the new year.