HC Deb 07 July 1971 vol 820 c1315
9. Mr. Evelyn King

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many acres of land has been released for building purposes by county planning authorities in the counties of Hampshire, Dorset, Cornwall and Wiltshire since the issue of the Ministry's circular on this subject; and how much was released by the same counties in a comparable period in the previous year.

Mr. Graham Page

Statistics in the form requested are not available. I suggest that my hon. Friend asks the local authorities concerned.

Mr. King

Does my hon. Friend accept that the price of land, and, therefore, the price of housing units, depends very largely on the rate at which and is released? Is he satisfied with the progress being made?

Mr. Page

Yes. I have not been able to assess the effect of Circular 10/70, in which we asked local planning authorities to release as much land as possible, but I am confident that by our policy we are achieving more harmonious cooperation than the Opposition did in attempting to use the Land Commission.