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Land Reclamation

Volume 885: debated on Friday 31 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about derelict land reclamation.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales are today announcing proposals for the Scottish and Welsh Development Agencies. These agencies, when established, will be responsible for increased programmes of derelict land reclamation in those countries, the whole cost of which will be met by the Exchequer. As these programmes become effective the rate of reclamation in England will be increased and new schemes in assisted areas and derelict land clearance areas will become eligible for 100 per cent. Exchequer grants.