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Mr. Chope [holding answer 13 April 1989] : Enfield, Haringey, Lewisham, Sutton and Waltham Forest are the only London boroughs which do not regularly provide the Department with information about development decisions. Officials are in communication with those boroughs in an effort to encourage them to provide the information.

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The Department has set up a pilot study with the London planning advisory committee into establishing a development monitoring system with the co-operation of all the boroughs.

Business Development (London)

Mr. Tony Banks : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what criteria he will use to decide whether London boroughs have made adequate provision in their unitary development plans for business development.

Mr. Chope [holding answer 13 April 1989] : The criteria used to judge whether adequate provision has been made will vary according to the individual circumstances and needs of the borough drawing up the UDP.

Local Authorities (Finance)

Mr. Andrew Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to restrict the access of local authorities to private financial markets ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gummer [holding answer 4 April 1989] : Clause 34 of the Local Government and Housing Bill provides that, where local authorities are authorised to borrow money, they will be able to do so by borrowing from authorised banking institutions, from the National Debt Commissioners or the Public Works Loan Commissioners, from the private sector by means of loan instruments as defined in subsection 34(4), or, with the consent of my right hon. Friend, by other means. It would be for the authorities to decide which of these means to use.


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