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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:49 am on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley North and Sefton East 9:49 am, 28th June 2005

The point that I was making—I apologise if it was less than clear—is that irrespective of any guidance issued by the Department, I am not sure that the planning system is the way to deal with public health. For one thing, most professionals in planning departments simply do not have the qualifications to evaluate public health issues. They could perform an evaluation through the local primary care trust, but what would it be based on? It would be based on known science, and we know from the Stewart inquiry that that is less than clear.