Mr. William O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to change the planning laws concerning the number of satellite dishes allowed on blocks of flats without planning permission; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Baldry
Revised planning rules affecting satellite TV dishes on flats came into force in July 1991, following a review. When the 1991 rules were introduced, the Minister for Housing and Planning made clear that they would be considered again should the Independent Television Commission license another significant direct broadcasting by satellite provider or should another major satellite service emerge that cannot be received by means of an Astra aerial.