HC Deb 28 June 1989 vol 155 cc970-2
15. Mr. Fatchett

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received over the decision by the Leeds development corporation to use its compulsory purchase powers to acquire riverside land in the Calls development area in Leeds; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Trippier

None, Sir, other than those from the hon. Gentleman.

Mr. Fatchett

Does the Minister recognise that the use of compulsory powers by Leeds development corporation has caused considerable consternation among local businesses? When will this Government-appointed body—made up entirely of place men responsible to the Secretary of State—take account of the wishes of local business, and when will it recognise that its chairman has now completely lost the confidence of local business and will soon lose that of the local chamber of commerce as well?

Mr. Trippier

I entirely reject the hon. Gentleman's final comment. As for his substantive question, no compulsory purchase order has been laid for the area that he mentions. The Leeds development corporation will proceed in exactly the same way as local councils which prefer to negotiate without the use of the CPO.

I find it amazing that the hon. Gentleman loses no opportunity to attack the Leeds development corporation simply because it was the present Government's idea. The truth is that the corporation is doing a tremendous amount of good for Leeds, and I think that the hon. Gentleman should join with it to try to achieve its objectives.