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Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legislation will be required to establish (a) the new Infrastructure Planning Commission and (b) the other proposed reforms to the planning system following the White Paper Planning for a Sustainable Future. (139131)

Primary and secondary legislation will be needed to establish an infrastructure planning commission, including its powers, functions and procedures, a single consent regime for nationally significant infrastructure, statutory requirements for national policy statements including consultation, for consultation during the development of a project and for other aspects considered in the White Paper (CM 7120). Primary and secondary legislation will also be needed to implement some aspects of the proposals for reform of the Town and Country Planning system, subject to the outcome of consultation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what remuneration she expects to allocate to the proposed planning commissioners; and when the template for the specific areas of expertise to be embodied in the proposed planning commission will be published. (139954)

Remuneration for commissioners of the infrastructure planning commission will need to be commensurate with their standing, experience, expertise and time spent on commission business.

Paragraph 5.58 of the White Paper “Planning for a Sustainable Future” (Cmd 7120) sets out an illustrative range of fields of expertise on which we are currently consulting. We will listen to responses to the consultation and do not expect to publish more details until we have fully considered those responses.