§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether land reclamation that has already received support from regional offices of his Department will continue to be supported by the urban regeneration agency when it is formed.
§ Mr. Redwood
Where the Department has approved derelict land grants, support will continue on the present basis. Once the urban regeneration agency has been established it will receive applications for further support. The Housing and Urban Development Bill makes provision for a new unified grant regime for the agency which will replace derelict land grant and the other grants to be transferred to it. The agency will determine its own priorities in the light of guidance the Department issues to 167W it. The Government will take account of the current priorities for existing grants, including derelict land grant, when preparing this guidance and constructing the new unified grant regime.