§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is considering changes in the scope or use of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.
§ Mr. King
No review of the general scope or use of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 has been made or is being considered. However, I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my right hon. Friend gave on 10 June 1980 to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Mr. Morris)—[Vol. 986, c. 159]—announcing a review of the means and powers employed by local100W authorities to assist industry and commerce, including section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972. My right hon. Friend is considering the review group's report.