HC Deb 31 March 1998 vol 309 c491W
18. Sir Sydney Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress on identifying derelict or unused urban sites suitable for redevelopment. [35460]

Mr. Caborn

We are setting up a National Land-use Database which will, for the first time, produce a comprehensive national assessment of the amount of previously-developed land available for re-use. Initial results should be available by January 1999. In addition, many local authorities are currently undertaking housing land capability studies to inform their development plans.