§ 20. Mr. Lester
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will estimate the number of new jobs created, and homes refurbished and built by (a) the London Docklands Development Corporation and (b) the Merseyside Development Corporation.
§ Mr. John Patten
Between 1981 and mid-1985 some 8,000 permanent jobs were attracted to LDDC's area. MDC has so far attracted a total of 1,156 jobs. In addition, there are currently about 1,500 construction jobs at any one time in London and 700 in Merseyside. Both UDCs also actively support existing firms and jobs.
Some 6,041 homes were built in London's docklands up to the end of 1986, with about 5,000 currently under construction; 221 flats have been refurbished in buildings previously owned by the LDDC. In MDC's area, 60 new homes have been built, with a further 60 currently under construction and many more are now planned.