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Volume 715: debated on Monday 30 November 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how long Lord McKenzie of Luton had been in post when he determined the planning applications for the Hartland distribution depot at Pyestock in Farnborough, Hampshire; whether he visited the site prior to determination of the application; and why many elements of the documentation provided under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the campaign group SPLAT (Stop Pyestock b Lot Act Today) have been redacted. [HL16]

I had been in post for 11 weeks and five days as Parliamentary Under-Secretary in Communities and Local Government when the decision on the Hartland distribution depot at Pyestock in Farnborough, Hampshire was issued. In accordance with normal practice, I did not visit the site.

The letter sent by CLG officials on 19 October 2009 in response to requests for information under the Environmental Impact Regulations 2004 explained the reasons for redacting certain elements of the information. This reply has subsequently been subject to an internal review, which upheld those reasons, and has now been referred to the Information Commissioner for independent review.