§ Mr. Farr
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in some parts of the country, 1336 such as the City of Leicester, the time taken from initial application to the completion of all the formalities sometimes amounts to over six months? This is proving to be a real handicap in getting on with improvements. Will my right hon. Friend look into the matter?
§ Mr. Crawshaw
Will the right hon. Gentleman accept from me that the good intentions of his Department are being frustrated by this delay? The time which is being taken in Liverpool is unacceptable. Will the right hon. Gentleman advise local authorities to appoint an officer with power to cut across the different departments involved? Six months for this procedure is a short time in Liverpool where the period is much longer than that.