§ Mr. Dormand
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of the special needs of the Easington constituency, he will make a grant available to speed up the clearance of dereliction in that area; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Graham Page
Grants at the very high rate of 85 per cent. are payable throughout the development areas for the clearance of derelict land. In addition the residual expenditure attracts further assistance through the resources element of the rate support grant. My right hon. Friend will this week be visiting Durham to discuss the problems with the county and the district councils and to encourage them to press on with their drive to reclaim their derelict land.