Oil Shortages (Structure Plans)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1979.

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Photo of Mr Donald Anderson Mr Donald Anderson , Swansea East 12:00 am, 16th July 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will issue a circular to local authorities in Wales about the need to revise structure plans in the light of oil shortages.

Photo of Mr Michael Roberts Mr Michael Roberts , Cardiff North West

My right hon. Friend has no plans to do so.

Photo of Mr Donald Anderson Mr Donald Anderson , Swansea East

Has the hon. Gentleman seen the recent memorandum of the Transport Users Consultative Committee for Wales about the implications for county structure plans of the oil crisis? Does he accept its conclusions that availability of public transport should be increased at a reasonable cost, that in any future oil crisis major significance should be given to electrification of rail passenger services and that the provision of rail connected industrial sites should be a major priority?

Photo of Mr Michael Roberts Mr Michael Roberts , Cardiff North West

The planning authorities which submit the structure plans to the Welsh Office are aware of the need to plan with a view to achieving fuel economy. If there is a change—as there has been because of the oil shortage—there are procedures by which they can modify the plans submitted, and alter those that have been accepted.

Photo of Alan Williams Alan Williams , Swansea West

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. Can you give guidance to Welsh Members—

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

Order. Would the right hon. Gentleman wait until the end of questions before raising a point of order?

Later

Photo of Alan Williams Alan Williams , Swansea West

On a point of order. Mr. Speaker. In answer to question No. 13, the Secretary of State for Wales said, understandably, that he could not give a substantive answer about the impact of the regional review of Wales because there is to be a statement tomorrow afternoon. We accept that priority. Nevertheless, Welsh Members now face the predicament that there will be no opportunity to question the Secretary of State for more than four months. The Welsh Grand Committee meeting on Wednesday was due to be devoted to the work of the Welsh water authority. However, as the Leader of the House is present, I wonder whether it would be appropriate to ask him to change the subject—