§ Mr. Stinchcombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list, by local authority, the time taken to prepare and approve the most recently approved or emerging development plan; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The progress each local planning authority has made towards adoption of its Local Plan or Unitary Development Plan is given in the "Progress on Adoption of Area Wide Local Plans and UDPs" report, produced by my Department. Copies of the report, published on 16 January 1998, are available in the Library of the House.
Information on the time taken to prepare and approve the most recently approved or emerging development plan is not held centrally and could be made available only at disproportionate cost.