§ 59. Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the progress of the discussions that have been taking place between his Department and British Rail regarding the use of surplus land in Greater London for housing purposes.
§ Mr. Amery: Since
the beginning of the year discussions have been held between my Department, the British Rail Property Board, the GLC and nine of the London boroughs. Meetings are currently being arranged with the remaining 23 boroughs. As a result 90 acres of possible housing land have been identified and will be released. I would like to acknowledge the co-operation of British Rail in this exercise which is making a valuable contribution to meeting London's housing needs.