HC Deb 04 April 1979 vol 965 cc847-8W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he is satisfied with the amount of land that is available in the city of Liverpool for industrial development; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Shore

I have been asked to reply.

The availability of sites for industrial development, especially in inner Liver-

of world output in cars, motor cycles, shipbuilding and steel was produced by the United Kingdom, Japan, West Germany, France and Italy in each of the years 1951, 1964, 1970 and 1974 and the latest date for which figures are available.

Mr. Kaufman,

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 3 April 1979; Vol. 965, c. 620–1], gave the following answer:

Information on motor cycles is not available. The remainder of the information is as follows:

pool, is a matter of continuing concern. The Government have taken measures aimed at helping to increase the supply. They have asked nationalised industries, statutory undertakers, and the local authorities to review their surplus land holdings with a view to early disposal. Increased national allocations of derelict land clearance grant and of community land scheme funds have been made available; and inner city authorities such as Liverpool have priority under both these schemes.

Liverpool also receives additional resources through the urban programme; in particular in support of use of the powers in the Inner Urban Areas Act. Together, these sources of finance may be used to acquire, assemble, or reclaim sites for industrial development, and to assist rehabilitation and conversion of existing buildings.