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Parliamentary Question (Correction)

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

The hon. Member for Peterborough (Stewart Jackson) asked for a copy of all correspondence relating to the purchase by the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (TTGDC) of (a) the Grays TA headquarters and (b) industrial land at Purfleet in the financial year 2007-08 to be placed in the Library of the House.

In my response on 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 645-46W, I said that the correspondence would be placed in the Library of the House, subject to the exclusion of any information that may compromise commercial negotiations or contravene the Data Protection Act.

I have now been advised that in order to meet this undertaking, officials of the Department and the Thames Gateway Development Corporation would have to scrutinise thousands of documents at a significant cost to the public purse. In the light of this further advice, I do not consider this to be an effective use of my Department’s resources and I will not therefore be able to provide a copy of the correspondence. I regret this has occurred.

I am writing to the hon. Member for Peterborough to say that TTGDC will invite him to visit the sites at Grays and Purfleet and to meet with them. They have said that they are happy to discuss progress on these projects.