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Government response to the publication of the apMobile Group's Report of their 'Parliamentary Hearing'

The Government welcomes the publication of the apMobile Group's Report of their 'Parliamentary Hearing' into mobile phones base stations and planning. We acknowledge the widespread interest in this subject matter and that there is still a high level of public concern about the location of such developments.

We also acknowledge the work that has been done in preparing this report and by those who presented written and oral evidence to the apMobile Group. Everyone who has participated in the process has genuine interest in improving the planning for telecommunications developments and the Group has been able to draw on expert knowledge and advice as well as the practical experience of those participating in the hearing process.

The Government is particularly sympathetic that there should be full consultation with local people and will look carefully at the Group's recommendations to see what more can be done in this area. More generally, we will be reviewing the Group's recommendations in taking forward Government policy on planning for telecommunications.