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Local Councils (Maladministration)

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to seek to widen the powers of the local government ombudsman to include investigations of alleged maladministration by town and parish councils.

Derelict land in England 1982–1988
Standard RegionArea of derelict land at 1 April 1982Area of derelict land at 1 April 1988Net decrease/increaseArea reclaimed 1 April 1982—1 April 1988
North West10,0428,823-1,2193,671
Yorkshire and Humberside5,4316,1457142,055
West Midlands5,7875,575-2122,279
East Midlands5,1984,407-7911,586
East Anglia804593-211182
South West6,6355,827-808667
South East12,5251,794-731607
Greater London1,9541,386-568494
1 Excluding Greater London.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what sums from the European structural fund have been devoted since 1986 to the clearance of dereliction in South Yorkshire; and what action he is taking to ensure that this level of support is significantly measured.

Information is not readily available for schemes approved by the European Commission under the previous ERDF Regulations. No schemes for clearance of dereliction have been approved under the Yorkshire and Humberside steel area integrated development operation or the resider and non-quota measures for steel areas.