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Land Purchase (Blackpool)

Volume 205: debated on Friday 13 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security when he expects to be able to announce the result of the negotiations between the Information Technology Services Agency and Blackpool borough council regarding the purchase of land at Peel Corner.

We are pleased to say that Blackpool borough council has agreed in principle to the sale of land at junction 4 (Peel Hill), Blackpool to the Information Technology Services Agency. Negotiations are continuing and if finalised they should ensure the retention in the area of some 2,500 jobs and the further prospect of some 250 new jobs, over the next few years. We understand that it is hoped that contracts will be exchanged in the next few weeks.