Growth and Infrastructure Bill

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 5th November 2012.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 4:15 pm, 5th November 2012

If my hon. Friend bears with me a moment, I shall come presently to precisely that point. The first question that the House must ask the Government is that if they are to propose such a fundamental change to the way in which planning decisions have been taken since 1947—that is about 60 years of local decision making—the Secretary of State must have had really strong evidence on why such a change is needed, so where is the evidence? I will make this very easy for him, and I will happily give way. Can he name one example of a so-called failing planning authority? Will he name an authority now?