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Retail Trade: Planning Permission

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Competition Commission on planning policy for retail developments. (206384)

Neither the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government or I have had discussions with the Competition Commission. However, Communities and Local Government officials attended two hearings with the Commission to discuss the Government’s planning policy, the operation of the planning system in England and its programme of reforms to inform the preparation of the Commission’s final report on its UK groceries market investigation.