HC Deb 23 November 1983 vol 49 cc217-8W
67. Mr. Simon Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied with the progress made by the urban development corporations in London docklands and Merseyside since 1981; and on what criteria he bases his judgment.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

Yes. Both UDCs have made excellent progress towards securing the regeneration of their areas by the means prescribed by Parliament in the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980, namely bringing land and buildings into effective use, encouraging the development of existing and new industry and commerce, creating an attractive environment and ensuring that housing and social facilities are available to encourage people to live and work in the area. Both UDCs are attracting worthwhile private investment in their areas.