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Gas Storage

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which local planning authorities his Department has contacted in the last two years to discuss the siting of new strategic gas storage facilities in their areas; what responses have been received from local authorities; and if he will make a statement. (76754)

The Department has written to the following in the last two years regarding the national need for additional gas storage facilities. The county councils of:

Cheshire

East Riding of Yorkshire

Lancashire

Lincolnshire

and the borough councils of:

Redcar and Cleveland

Stockton on Tees.

We have received a response from Lancashire county council with some questions arising from the letter that the Department sent to them in April 2004.

On 16 May, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, laid the ‘Energy Statement of Need for additional gas supply infrastructure’ in Parliament encouraging planning professionals and local decision makers to consider the national interest when looking at planning applications.