Covanta Update: Special Parliamentary Procedure
Posted Monday, 7 November 2011 at 16:15
Followers of the Covanta saga will be aware that the decision taken by the IPC is subject to a process known as Special Parliamentary Proceedure.
An amendment will be tabled in the Lords tonight to remove this process from the planning act 2008.
This blog is really a memoir to the action groups to reassure them that, if they notice this happening, there is no need to worry. The amendment, if passed, will not be retrospective.
The interesting thing is that the SPP is in the Act at all and I can only conclude the following:
a) John Prescott wanted to give the Government a get out clause, albeit a weak and difficult one one such as this if the IPC made a decision the government were truly unhappy with.
b) The drafting of the bill was a complete and utter dogs dinner as, if the intention of the bill was for the IPC to be fully independent, the SPP would never have been in there in the first place.
Of course, given the hapless nature of the Labour Party, B is the most likely scenario.
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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