§ Sir John Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the car parks still run by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment; and when he intends either to privatise them or to hand them over to district councils.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The Northern Ireland Department of the Environment's off-street car parks are listed in part I of the schedule to the Off-Street Parking Bye-laws (Northern Ireland) 1983 (SRNI 1983 No. 240) as amended to date. Of these, 30 in the Belfast area are operated by contractors.
The Department is currently considering the case for contracting out to the private sector the operation of a number of car parks which are subject to charge in the main provincial towns in Northern Ireland.