HL Deb 27 July 1998 vol 592 cc165-6WA
Lord Sefton of Garston

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have plans to release an evaluation of the Merseyside Development Corporation in the near future; and if not, why not. [HL2875]

Baroness Hayman

No separate evaluation of the Merseyside Development Corporation (MDC) has been undertaken by or for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). However, a review of the activities and performance of the MDC is contained in a report recently published by the DETR,Urban Development corporations: Performance and Good Practice. This report covers eight UDCs: Birmingham, Heartlands, Black Country, Merseyside, Sheffield, Teesside, Trafford Park and Tyne and Wear. Two other separate reports, Regenerating London Docklands and The Impact of Urban Development Corporations in Leeds, Bristol and Central Manchester, deal with the evaluation of the other four English UDCs. Copies of all these reports have been lodged in the House of Lords Library.