asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that at a public inquiry held into an application for a licence for storage of petrol at Acre Lane, Wallington, Surrey, the inspector of the Home Office there stated that, in arriving at a decision, he would not be influenced by any questions of amenities, depreciation of property, or sentiment; and whether this statement was made with the authority of the Home Office?
The answer is in the affirmative. I am advised that the Home Secretary has no power to take these matters into consideration when deciding appeals under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act, 1928, and the inspectors when holding investigations are necessarily confined within the limits of the statutory power under which they are acting.
Does the right hon. Gentleman recognise that his decision is directly at variance with the whole future of town planning, and, consequently, that he is making it permanently bad for town planning? Could the right hon. Gentleman not get into touch with the Minister of Health in order that this matter may be considered, and will the Bill which is to be introduced by the Minister of Health deal with this question?