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London Docklands

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has received a copy of a document entitled "Local Democracy Works—The Case Against a Docklands New Town", issued by the leaders of the five London dockland boroughs; and if he will comment on it.

My right hon. Friend has received a copy. The issues it raises will be fully debated when legislation is brought forward to enable urban development corporations to be set up. At this stage our only comment is that the document confirms our belief that more effective arrangements are needed if private sector investment in housing, commerce and industry is to be attracted on the scale needed to regenerate the area.