HC Deb 20 June 1968 vol 766 cc1279-80
2. Mr. Arthur Pearson

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what schemes submitted by local councils have been approved through the Derelict Land Unit of the Welsh Office; what is the total acreage of and at present being reclaimed; and if he will give examples of what are the intended uses of such land.

The Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Ifor Davies)

Since the Derelict Land Unit was set up in November, 1966, 27 schemes for the reclamation of some 600 acres of derelict land have been approved. About half of this land has now been reclaimed for such purposes as industry, housing, public open space and car parks; work is in progress on the remaining 300 acres. In addition, 65 schemes are currently being considered.

Mr. Pearson

Is my hon. Friend aware that expectations of the final results of clearance are high, and that it should be a proud achievement? Can he assure the House that the additional schemes will be encouraged?

Mr. Davies

Yes, Sir. I think we can claim a good deal of success already. The Unit has accomplished a great deal in a short period of time.

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