§ Mr. Stern
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has yet been able to establish the extent and approximate value of the land banks held by the metropolitan counties; and if he will publish a summary of the information currently available to him in respect of such land holdings and his intentions regarding their disposal.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
Details of vacant and under-used land owned by the metropolitan county councils are already publicly available in the registers established under part X of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980. We intend shortly to seek such further information from these councils as is needed to prepare for the proposed transfers of property consequential upon the enactment of the Local Government Bill. Those proposals were set out in paragraph 3.3 of the document "Abolition of the GLC and MCCs: the Government's proposals for transferring functions to London boroughs and metropolitan districts", published by my Department in July 1984.