§ Mr. Heseltine
I announced last September that the National Garden Festival 1984, a prestigious international event, will be held on Merseyside. Detailed design and costing are now in hand, but the preliminary estimate for mounting such a major festival was £9.8 million. The cost will, of course, be offset in the short run by income from the festival itself and in the longer run by other continuing uses of some of the festival facilities. In addition, the cost of reclamation at the site was estimated at £10.6 million, but this work was in any case proposed as part of the Merseyside Development Corporation's development strategy for the longer-term use of the site.