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Telecommunications Masts

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:31 am on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 10:31 am, 28th June 2005

Yes, Mr. Olner. I will conclude briefly.

There is a call in some academic circles for the state to be a "cost-benefit state" that considers only the strictly objective risks. We need instead a cost-benefit society, in which members of society in general take into account the objective risks. The only way in which we can achieve that is by encouraging participation in local government, so that, from local responsibility, people learn how to deal with the costs and benefits of proposals such as phone masts.