Regional Planning Councils

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Gray Mr Hugh Gray , Yarmouth 12:00 am, 24th November 1966

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs whether he will now bear the territorial factor in mind when nominating replacements to regional planning councils so that some constituencies do not remain unrepresented.

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

We are satisfied that the present arrangement by which members are appointed as individuals, not as representatives of particular places or territorial interests, is the best.

Photo of Mr Hugh Gray Mr Hugh Gray , Yarmouth

Is my hon. Friend aware that the constituency of Yarmouth is not represented on the East Anglia Planning Council? Does he not agree that the proposals made for physical planning would be greatly improved if the planners could receive advice from individuals who know the area at first hand?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

The Economic Planning Council was set up precisely for this purpose. It is composed of people from East Anglia who know the region very well and they are always very happy to receive representations from anybody who cares to get in touch with them.