§ Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment under what statutory authority public corporations decide whether land is operational and should be released for development.
§ Mr. Shore
In general, this is primarily a matter for management within the context of the powers and duties of each undertaking.
There are provisions in planning and rating legislation, for example section 290(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971, under which any question of whether land is operational land, as defined, may be determined by the appropriate Minister for the body concerned.