§ Sir Michael Spicer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if the housing figures to be used by strategic planning authorities in the West Midlands for the period up to 201184W will be those contained in the answer to the hon. Member for Dudley, South (Mr. Pearson) of 4 December 1997, Official Report, column 288. 
§ Mr. Caborn
Yes. We will issue amended housing policy guidance for the West Midlands shortly setting out clear policies that authorities should pursue in their development plans to increase the amount of housing on previously developed land to make provision for affordable housing and to ensure sustainable locations for development within transport corridors.