§ 108. Mr. Mitchison
asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning whether he is aware that the destruction by iron ore working of old woodlands at Geddington and Weekley represents considerable damage to the beauty amenities of the countryside; and what member of the Standing Conference appointed in September, 1948, is responsible for due consideration being given to such matters.
§ Mr. King
An application for permission to continue iron ore working in this area is at present before my right hon. Friend. He is well aware of the amenity problem involved, and will give proper weight to it when reaching a decision. The Standing Conference will not be advising on individual cases; but their terms of reference require them to consider amenity interests, among other things, where suggesting suitable reservations of land to meet future production. I am sure that all the members of the Conference are aware of their collective responsibility, but in particular the county councils are represented and the chairman is a member of my Department.154W
§ Mr. Tiffany
asked the Minister of Town and Country Planning if he will define the areas covered by the applications being made for permission to work 25,799 acres, in the Oundle and Thrapston rural district, for iron ore.