asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning what instructions have been issued to the Regional Officer for Wales, after consultation with the Secretary of State for War, as to the holding of joint consultations conferences in Wales respecting Services land requirements; what other Ministries are to be represented; whether consultations will take place with the county councils and planning committees as to who should be invited; and whether proper notices of such conferences will be sent to interested parties.
Under the standing procedure laid down, the object of the meetings referred to is to assess the extent to which the difficulties can be solved by detailed modifications in the areas under consideration. They are distinct from the public local inquiries, which form a further and final stage when required. In accordance with that procedure, it is the practice to invite the interested Departments, the local authorities and planning committees concerned, and such other bodies as are in a position to contribute effectively to the discussion of detailed modifications in the particular case. My hon. Friend will appreciate that, in the circumstances, it would not be appropriate to invite to these meetings all those interested parties who may desire to attend the public local inquiry.
While I fully appreciate the reply, will my right hon. Friend give further consideration to the question of holding consultations with the people on the spot as to who should be invited to these conferences?
Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is dissatisfaction when there is not wide representation at these local hearings, and that there are indications that an arbitrary decision has been taken in this case?