§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his policy towards "Hertfordshire 1981", the structural county plan, in view of the fact that more land for development is offered under this plan than would be available from the proposed expansion of Stevenage.
§ Mr. Graham Page
"Hertfordshire 1981" is a non-statutory plan which does not require my right hon. and learned Friend's approval, although he is in sympathy with many of its policies. He does not, however, accept that the housing land allocation in Hertfordshire rules out the release of additional land in the county or the expansion of Stevenage if these prove to be necessary to meet the current shortage of housing land in the South East as a whole.