§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will confirm that it is not and will not be Government policy to seek to make compulsory planning agreements with British companies.
Mr. Alan Williams
As the Government have made clear on a number of occasions, the Government believe that planning agreements should be voluntary. Despite the disappointing lack of progress so far I am still hopeful that industry will respond to this approach. The Government have no present plans to introduce legislation to make planning agreements compulsory.