§ Sir Frederick Burden
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is now in a position to make a further announcement about the designation of an enterprise zone in north-west Kent.
§ Mr. King
Statutory invitations, under the terms of schedule 32 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980, were today sent to Gravesham borough council, Rochester-upon-Medway city council and Gillingham borough council to prepare jointly a scheme with a view to designation as an enterprise zone of some 310 acres distributed amongst five sites in the three local authority areas.
Consideration will be given to the inclusion of part of the non-historic dockyard at Chatham in the enterprise zone when it becomes surplus to defence requirements in 1984.
Copies of a press notice announcing the invitation are being placed in the Library of the House. The statutory procedures of consultation and then the hearing of representations will begin shortly.