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

That is an extremely interesting suggestion by my right hon. Friend, and only those on the Government Front Bench can say whether that is the case or not.

Clauses 2 and 3, which I do not think the Secretary of State mentioned, would allow the planning inspectorate to award costs. What is the purpose of this? Perhaps the Minister could say when he winds up. How can he assure us that it will not turn into a tax on local democratic decision making? Why should the Planning Inspectorate want to impose costs of its own volition, when developers can already ask it to do so under the law as it currently stands?