asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is still of the view, as expressed in reply to the hon. Member for Melton on 2nd July 1974, that all structure plans in England and Wales should be submitted to him by 1st April 1978 and decisions given by him about a year after submission; and whether he is satisfied that local planning authorities will have sufficient staff to adhere to this timetable.
Yes. DOE Circular 98/74 of 10th July called the attention of
Subject to the satisfactory completion of the statutory procedures and to the availability of funds at the time, it is hoped to start work in the early 1980s. The usual contract period is two years.