HC Deb 23 April 2004 vol 420 c694W
Mrs. Spelman

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average amount of time taken by his Department to give permission for planning to go ahead was in(a) 2003 and (b) 1997. [168276]

Keith Hill

The average time taken to grant planning permission was 24 weeks in 2003 and 25 weeks in 1997.