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Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role he has in relation to Government policy on planning. (87138)

Responsibility for planning policy rests with the Department for Communities and Local Government.

I chair the Cabinet Committee on Housing and Planning. The chair of a Cabinet Committee must act in a neutral way if the system is to work effectively. Departments’ views are represented by their own Ministers who attend the meetings.