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Energy: Infrastructure

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for how long public consultation on his Department’s draft national policy statements for energy infrastructure will run. (311644)

The consultation on the draft national policy statements for energy infrastructure will run for 15 weeks. It began on 9 November 2009 and closes on 22 February 2010. This is three weeks longer than the minimum time for a consultation set out in Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Consultation to take into consideration the Christmas holiday period.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on responding to complaints arising from consultations on draft national policy statements for energy infrastructure. (311645)

Our policy is to consider any complaint regarding consultations, including the consultation on the draft national policy statement for energy infrastructure, very carefully and respond in an appropriate and timely manner.