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Infrastructure Planning Commission

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Infrastructure Planning Commission will begin to undertake its statutory duties. (289540)

The Infrastructure Planning Commission began to undertake its statutory duties from 1 October 2009. From this date, it started providing advice and guidance on preparing applications, and on how the new regime will work.

From 1 March 2010, the IPC will begin accepting applications for development consent from the Energy and Transport sectors, for the Waste Water and Hazardous Waste sectors in April 2011, and the Water Supply sector in April 2012.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications have been submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission. (289542)

None. As set out in my statement in July 2009, our intention is for the IPC to begin accepting applications for development consent from the energy and transport sectors from 1 March 2010, for the waste water and hazardous waste sectors in April 2011, and the water supply sector in April 2012.

From 1 October 2009, the IPC began providing advice and guidance on preparing applications, and on how the new regime will work.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what notice period has been specified in the contracts for the commissioners of the Infrastructure Planning Commission. (289750)

The contracts for the commissioners of the Infrastructure Planning Commission specify that the appointment can be terminated by either party, by giving three months’ notice in writing. It also stipulates that the Secretary of State may remove a person from office as the chair, or as deputy or other Commissioner, if the Secretary of State is satisfied that:

(a) the person is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of the office;

(b) the person has been convicted of a criminal offence; or

(c) the person is otherwise unfit to perform the duties of the office.