HC Deb 19 October 1972 vol 843 cc121-2W
Mr. Costain

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the acreage of land planned for, respectively, commercial development and residential development owned by the Government and at present standing idle in both the Greater London area and other parts of the country.

Mr. Peter Walker

Government policy is to dispose of land as soon as possible after it becomes surplus to foreseeable needs. Generally the future use or development cannot properly be considered until there is some prospect that the land will be released. I am therefore unable to give any meaningful figures.