§ Dr. Julian Lewis
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on approving the development of non-brownfield sites for container port use. 
§ Mr. McNulty
The general policy of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in respect of development for which planning permission is necessary is to encourage the use of previously developed land for development in preference to building on greenfield land. Each planning application has, however, to be considered on its merits and there may be circumstances in which the use of brownfield sites for container port use is not appropriate.