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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:06 am on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of John Horam John Horam Conservative, Orpington 10:06 am, 28th June 2005

That is a good point, and perhaps the Government will take it into account when they reply to Bromley council. The present period is too short for any realistic consultation. Often, people find themselves right up against the deadline without having had the opportunity to consider residents' concerns fully. I hope that the Government will take the letter that they receive from Bromley council seriously. I shall follow it up myself.

First, I should like the Government to do more research into the health aspect of the issue; I have not gone into that, because of the number of people who want to speak in this debate. There must be more such research, and the Government should take a lead. Secondly, I should like them to consider the planning guidance that they issue to local authorities, and at least to change the current regime and make it more sympathetic. I look for a positive response from the Government to the concerns exhibited by the council in my constituency.