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Public Land (Re-Use)

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to paragraph 3.126 of Budget 2003, HC500, by what means the Government will consider how surplus central and local government landholdings can contribute to the delivery of corporate government objectives on recycling public owned land for productive re-use. [110112]

English Partnerships is currently developing a register of surplus public sector land in England, and hopes to complete an initial version of the register by the end of May. The information in the register will help us explore how surplus central government sites can best be used to contribute to the delivery of corporate Government objectives. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will also clarify the scope for encouraging local authorities to take account of these wider policy objectives in their land disposals.