HC Deb 07 July 1971 vol 820 cc385-6W
46. Mr. Dormand

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of the increased rate of reclamation, he will reduce the target for the clearance of existing derelict land in England from the 10-year period to eight years.

Mr. Graham Page

The 10-year target for the priority areas is an ambitious one, but any priority area authority who can improve on it can rely on my support.

Mr. Idris Owen

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made of the total extent of derelict land in Lancashire; how many acres were cleared in 1969–70 and 1970–71; and how many acres have been programmed for clearance during 1971–72.

Mr. Graham Page

Provisional figures for the administrative county showed some 10,570 acres of derelict land on 31st December, 1970, of which some 8,410 acres were considered to justify restoration. In the calendar year 1969, 265 acres were restored; in 1970, 180 acres (provisional figure). In 1971 the County Council expect 680 acres to be restored.