18 APRIL 1981, Page 18

No end to bureaucracy

Sir: I believe the Secretary of State for Wales's loyalty to his bureaucracies is utterly misplaced (Letters, 28 March). A hundred jobs and 20 businesses are now in Hay through the book business and this success has bred an utter contempt for bureaucratic economic theories. I believe, furthermore, we could double the number employed in the next two years but have come to regard it as more important to fight the cancer of these bureaucracies than build up my business. I can find no other way to express my belief in the harm they are doing. With the Structure Plan of Powys reading like a compendium of bureaucratic press releases and the 6,000 jobs we need by implication dependent on the bureaucracies' apparently heroic efforts, I see we are headed inevitably for disaster. By then, of course, although the present bureaucrats would have gone, bigger bureaucracies will be needed to repair the damage!

Richard G. Booth Frank Lewis House, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford