§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will estimate the percentage and area of brownfield sites in the North West where the cost of reclamation is likely to make the site uneconomic for housing development. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The information requested is not currently available. Phase 1 of the National Land Use Database project, which we launched in May 1998, covers vacant and derelict sites and other previously developed land which may be available for redevelopment. Officials are currently working with English Partnerships, local authorities and the Ordnance Survey to collect the information for this first phase. Initial results should be available by the end of March 1999.