HC Deb 03 July 1987 vol 118 cc192-3W
Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in the Official Report all compulsory purchase notices issued by the London Docklands Development Corporation showing for each the area of land, the projected use of the land, the costs to the corporation where purchase has been completed and the number of those employed who are or have been subject to displacement.

Mr. Trippier

The following table lists the compulsory purchase orders made by the London Docklands Development Corporation, the area of land affected (some of which is the subject of more than one CPO) and the regeneration purpose of acquisition. The remaining information is not readily available but I will write to the hon. Member shortly with more details:

Tower Hamlets and Newham in the London docklands; what are the estimated costs of each of its sections, crossings or tunnels; and what status it will be accorded.

Mr. Trippier

The LDDC currently estimates that, by the year 2000. the traffic flows on the busiest section of the network, which is in Tower Hamlets, would be about 7,000 vehicles two-way in the peak hour. The equivalent figure for Newham is about 4,000 vehicles.

The total construction cost (excluding land) for the LDDC's road programme is £188 million at March 1986 prices. The major schemes are as follows:

Scheme Cost
£ million
Limehouse Link Cut and Cover 40
Poplar Link and Connecting tunnel 26
Lower Lea Road Crossing 20
Connaught Crossing 21
Royal Albert Dock Spine Road 20
Eastern Gateway Access Road 14

No decisions have yet been taken on the final status of each section.

Mr. Spearing

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out the main headings of gross expenditure of the London Docklands Development Corporation to date including land acquisition, publicity, consultancy, administration and local community grants, together with offsetting income from each principal source and his reasons for seeking to increase borrowing powers from £600 million to £800 million.

Mr. Trippier

LDDC's expenditure and receipts to 31 March 1987 are set out below. Further details will be available in the corporation's annual report and accounts 1986–87, which will be laid before the House before the recess.

£ million
Gross Expenditure to 31 March 1987
Land Acquisition 79
Reclamation and Treatment 78
Other infrastructure 128
Community and Local Industry Support 19
Administration 27
Estate Management 12
Promotion and General Consultancy 14
Interest and Taxation 16
Total Expenditure 373
Disposal Income 58
Other Income 10
Total Income 68
Net Expenditure

A sum close to the present financial limit for urban development corporations of £600 million will be reached by 31 March 1988. It is therefore necessary to raise the limit provided for by statute before Estimates for 1988–89 can be presented.