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Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1697-98W, on Lord Truscott, what information was given to Lord Taylor by her Department following his request for information on Newark as a growth point and related planning cases. (259460)

Baroness Andrews wrote to Lord Taylor in July 2008, giving him a factual update on recent planning proposals and growth point funding for Newark on Trent. All the information was in the public domain. She also informed him that the Government office for the east midlands had been asked to comment on an “Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report” for a proposed urban extension to the south of Newark, but had declined to comment—as to have done otherwise might have been seen to have prejudiced the Secretary of State’s quasi-judicial role in the event that an application is referred to her for a decision in the future.