§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what guidance he has issued to local authorities in connection with the determination of planning applications for broadcasting masts and transmitting stations. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
Current planning policy guidance on broadcasting masts and transmitting stations is set out in planning policy guidance note 8—PPG8 revised December 1992. That guidance reflects the importance we attach to keeping to a minimum the number of broadcasting and telecommunications masts, and of sites for such installations, while ensuring that there is an effective national broadcasting and telecommunications network.