§ Mr. Edward Davey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations his Department has received about the(a) Town and Country Planning (General Permitted 604W Development) Order 1995 and (b) Town and Country Planning (Demolition-Description of Buildings) Direction 1995. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
We have received representations seeking amendments to both the General Permitted Development Order and the Demolition Direction so that a planning application can in future be required to demolish various types of sports facilities. The Government are concerned to prevent the unnecessary loss of sports facilities, particularly where there are no clear proposals for redevelopment, and we will review the need for amendments to the relevant legislation once the courts have reached their decision on Robert Coppen and others v. Edward Ram and another, 20 January 1997.