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Telephone Masts

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions in each of the last five calendar years for which figures are available the failure of a local authority to issue a refusal within the 42-day notification period for the erection of mobile telephone masts has been the subject of a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman; how many complaints have been upheld; and if he will make a statement. [117399]

The Local Government Ombudsman's Office does not record the number of complaints received by subject matter to the level of detail requested, this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, they have issued three reports following complaints where a local authority has failed to comment on a telecommunications development within the time period allowed at the time the proposal was received. The details are provided as follows:

YearLGO Reports issued following a complaint
July—Blyth Valley