§ Mr. Raison
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received expressing opposition to the decision by Skelmersdale New Town Corporation to apply for his approval to the extension of the designated area of Skelmersdale New Town; and whether he intends to hold an inquiry into the proposals.
§ Mr. John Silkin
My right hon. Friend has received a number of representations from residents and local authorities opposing any extension to Skelmersdale New Town. His consultations with the local authorities are not yet complete. If, subsequently, he decides to make a draft designation order for an extension then, in accordance with the procedures in the New Towns Act 1965, a public inquiry will be held into objections.