HC Deb 24 February 1987 vol 111 cc200-1W

Mr. asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to the answer of 27 January, Official Report, column 169, concerning the price of land to be sold to the Canary Wharf Consortium by the London Docklands Development Corporation, what factors other than land price will be taken into account in assessing the terms of the agreement overall; whether the consideration of other factors excludes acceptance of a price below the market value of land in the enterprise zone; if he will list all the previous occasions on which land for which he has any responsibility has been sold at a price below the market value as a result of priority being given to other factors involved in the transaction; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

[pursuant to his reply, 13 February 1987, c. 382]: Other factors to be considered in assessing any overall agreement between the LDDC and the consortium include the relative strength and value of the commitments by both parties, for example to the provision of essential infrastructure; the implications of the term of LDDC's regeneration task and resources; and the potential economic benefit for docklands as a whole. The

Number of domestic ratepayers1 (000's) Ratepayers on supplementary benefit receiving rebates2 (000's) Ratepayers receiving standard rebates including housing benefit supplement2 (000's)
Brent . 94.5 16.5 23.4
Camden 80.1 16.5 13.1
Hackney 75.4 24.3 14.9
Haringey 83.9 18.4 17.8
Islington 69.4 19.4 10.2
Lambeth 106.6 30.5 18.2
Lewisham 97.1 18.6 15.8
Southwark 96.6 27.4 180
Tower Hamlets 620 19.2 11.2
1 These are the numbers of domestic hereditaments. They are not strictly comparable with the numbers of rebate recipients, which are households, as there can be more than one household receiving rebates in a hereditament
2 Local authorities' latest estimates of the average number of households receiving certificated (supplementary benefit claimants) and standard (other claimants) rebates in 1985–86. The majority of those receiving certificated rebates receive full rebate and the majority of those receiving standard rebates receive partial rebates.