HC Deb 01 May 1962 vol 658 cc130-1W
Mr. Mclnnes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions during the past two years he has appointed commissioners to preside at public inquiries; of these, on how many occasions he has turned down the recommendations made by such commissioners; and, of those turned down, how many were concerned with the interest of other Governmental Departments.

Mr. Maclay

The number of inquiries held at my instance during 1960 and 1961 was 563. Of the 526 decisions promulgated to date, 23 were substantially at variance with the recommendations of the person holding the inquiry. There was a direct Departmental concern in only one of these, where my road engineers were opposed to a planning application involving an access to a trunk road.