§ Mr. Greenway
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment pursuant to the answer of 27 June to the hon. Member for Ealing, North, Official Report, c. 39, why he declined to use his power to intervene under planning legislation in relation to plans for a gipsy encampment at Southall gas works.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
The granting of planning permission is a matter for Ealing borough council as local planning authority. The planning issues raised by the council's proposals are of local significance only, and my right hon. Friend concluded that his intervention would not therefore be justified.