HC Deb 30 April 1984 vol 59 c40W

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he now expects to publish his report on the future of the Washington new town; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

I intend to undertake very shortly consultations under section 41(1) of the New Towns Act 1981 which will review the wind-up date of 31 December 1985 for the three north-east new towns: Washington, Aycliffe and Peterlee. Allowing two months for consultations I hope to issue a decision on the future of these towns as soon as possible thereafter.

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