Schedule 6

Part of Planning Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of David Curry David Curry Conservative, Skipton and Ripon 11:30 am, 5th February 2008

I suppose that must be the case, but the Government consulted the industry. They have set out in the explanatory document how the levy would work. It lists how the concept of CIL is already functioning in a number of places. For once we have a measure that has been tested and been shown to yield benefits. We do not need to think that CIL is going to fail. It is voluntary and does not need to be applied. Why do we have this embryonic measure in reserve? If the Government are going to keep it, what on earth is it for?

Are the woods of Dunsinane going to march on communities that fail to apply CIL and threaten them with the PGS? I hope that the Minister will say that they have put it there pour encourager les autres, as the French might say. They want to encourage the industry to engage in real consultations about a more sensible way forward, but they have a more sensible way forward. It works and therefore we can put Banquo’s ghost safely back to bed. I hope that the Minister will conspire with us in doing that. Then the Committee can share one heroic achievement.