HC Deb 16 July 1986 vol 101 cc541-2W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs have been created by English Estates in (a) Liverpool and (b) Merseyside in each of the past three years.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The following estimates are arrived at by multiplying the area of premises occupied by the average employment per 1,000 sq m.

The estimated employment arising from new occupations in English Estates premises in each of the last three years
Liverpool Merseyside
1983–84 319 1,789
1984–85 298 2,509
1985–86 707 2,303

The estimated total of those employed in all English Estates occupied premises at the end of the financial year
Liverpool Merseyside
Total Change on previous figure Total Change on previous figure
31 March 1983 2,950 10,406
31 March 1984 2,873 -77 11,793 +1,387
31 March 1985 3,434 +561 13,929 +2,136
31 March 1986 3,753 +391 14,772 +843


The figures above are estimates of the gross number of jobs housed in English Estates premises. In order to assess the net employment effects of English Estates activities for Merseyside and Liverpool, it would be necessary to estimate the additionality, displacement, supplier effects and local income multipliers associated with these jobs. Estimates of these particular factors are not available for specific sub-regions.

Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the current English Estates projects on Merseyside at the latest date and the anticipated dates of completion.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The Mercury court project which involves the conversion of the previous Liverpool Exchange station and hotel is expected to be ready for letting this November. This involves 29,352 sq m of high quality office space in central Liverpool.

Reclamation of the previous Tate and Lyle sugar refinery is expected to be completed next February. Projects being completed this month comprise a 7,328 sq m factory at Huyton and a 2,359 sq m factory at Wavertree. Projects at the firm planning stage comprise units at Speke — 2,032 sq m — and hi-tech units at Wavertree—2,583 sq m—expected to be completed in April and July 1987 respectively.

Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when English Estates expects to complete the Liverpool Exchange station project.

Mr. Peter Morrison

English Estates has completed construction of Mercury court—the previous Liverpool Exchange station and hotel. The fitting-out prior to letting is due for completion this November.