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Private Sector: Thames Gateway

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methods she plans to use in future to assess the efficacy of private sector investment in the Thames Gateway area; and if she will make a statement. (191593)

The Government are not in a position to directly regulate private sector investment in the Thames Gateway except where the investment is part of a project being supported by the public sector. In these cases we would expect projects to have a clear fit with the Thames Gateway strategy and priorities in the Thames Gateway delivery plan, and be subject to a proper investment appraisal in line with the Treasury Green Book. Where appropriate, private sector development is subject to the normal land use planning regime.