asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many planning appeals have been submitted to him since 16th July 1976; how many have been heard; how many have been determined; and if he is satisfied with the speed with which such appeals are handled.
Information related to 16th July 1976 is not available. During the period 1st July 1976 to 28th February 1977 7,933 planning appeals were received, 5,732 appeals were the subject of a local inquiry or site visit and 7,611 appeals were decided or withdrawn. As to the second part of the Question, I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, East (Mr. Clemitson) on 16th February.—[Vol. 926, c. 492–3.]