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Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement concerning his policy towards the extension of existing quarries in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Advice on planning applications for mineral extraction is given in the series of minerals planning guidance notes—MPGs—issued jointly by the Welsh Office and the Department of the Environment. MPG1—"General considerations and the Development Plan System"—reasserts the Government's policy that all minerals applications in areas of outstanding natural beauty

"should be subject to the most rigorous examination"·