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Infrastructure Planning Commission

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Welsh Assembly Government has been consulted on the appointment of any Commissioners to the Infrastructure Planning Commission. (296074)

We have agreed the following process with the Welsh Assembly Government: Commissioners are recruited through open competition and appointed by the Secretary of State, once appointments are made WAG ministers select a number of appointed Commissioners with an understanding of Welsh issues. At least one of these Commissioners will be involved in considering applications for development wholly or partly in Wales. We intend that this selection will happen early next year following the next round of commissioner recruitment, ahead of 1 March which will be the first date from which the IPC will be able formally to accept applications.