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Planning

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 7 May 2002, Official Report, column 24W, if he will place a copy of the analysis by Smith and Williamson of responses to the Planning Green Paper in the Library.

Photo of Stephen Byers Stephen Byers Secretary of State, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

I have placed a copy of the consultation analysis in the Library of the House. As Smith and Williamson make clear in their report:

"It should be emphasised that this report represents only a partial analysis of the responses to the Green Paper. Many of the standard responses that have been quantitatively analysed have been initiated and influenced by organised campaigns. We suggest that in order to gain a more complete picture of opinions and suggestions regarding the Green Paper's proposals, it will be necessary to consider in more detail the many suggestions and qualifying comments on the standard forms and also the large number of more detailed responses, which it has not been possible to code and quantify, submitted by a wide variety of organisations, groups and individuals."

I have also therefore placed in the Library a copy of the memorandum provided to the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee which attempts to provide this more qualitative analysis of the detailed responses.

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