HC Deb 07 February 1975 vol 885 cc641-2W
Mr. John Evans

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total acreage of derelict land in Scotland, Wales and each of the eight English regions served by an economic planning council to the latest available date.

Mr. Oakes

Detailed results of the 1974 survey of derelict and despoiled land in

carrying hazardous cargoes leaving the refineries.

Mr. Mulley

Estimates of the weekly shipping requirements given by the oil companies at the relevant planning inquiries are as follows:

England, including the regional breakdown, are not yet available, but preliminary estimates are that the total amount of derelict land is just over 100,000 acres, of which about 80,000 acres are considered to justify treatment. The latest available figures for English regions, showing the position as at 31st December 1971 are:

Region Total acreage of derelict land Acreage justifying treatment (included in (2))
(1) (2) (3)
Northern 20,495 14,948
North-West 15,113 12,367
Yorkshire and Humberside 13,850 10,544
West Midlands 11,721 10,166
East Midlands 8,547 7,259
South-West 18,851 3,450
South-East 5,292 3,027
East Anglia 3,222 2,492

I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales that there are at present about 25,000 acres of derelict land in Scotland which are considered to justify treatment and that in Wales there is a total of 51,000 acres of derelict land of which some 27,000 acres are considered to justify treatment.