HC Deb 14 June 1978 vol 951 c563W
6. Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress he has made in his partnership arrangements with East London boroughs.

Mr. Shore

Since the first meeting of the docklands partnership in November 1977, £20 million of additional resources have been allocated for a wide range of agreed projects. The docklands partnership area has been granted priority for industrial development certificates within London and the South-East. All five dockland boroughs will be able to use the powers in the Inner Urban Areas Bill.

Government main programmes increasingly take account of the docklands strategy and the new priority being given to the problems of the area. I shall shortly be discussing with the authorities the first three-year programme for the partnership area, for which an additional £45 million of resources has already been allocated.