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Column 813total annual staff salaries bill for the top 100 housing associations.
The annual rent roll has been provided for the top 100 associations and includes rents collected from both self-contained accommodation and from shared housing developments such as hostels.
Information on staff salaries is available only for the top 50 associations, based on a special exercise mounted by the Housing Corporation earlier this year.
Name of Housing |HA Type |Rents (£'000s) Association ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Anchor |GENF |79,651 North British |GENF |43,281 North |GENF |37,009 London & Quadrant HT |MIXD |31,877 Sanctuary |GENF |25,392 Hyde |MIXD |24,010 Peabody Donation Fund |GENF |23,257 Guinness Trust |MIXD |23,082 Sutton HT |MIXD |22,250 Northern Counties |GENF |21,100 English Churches |MIXD |20,143 Notting Hill |GENF |19,923 Merseyside Improved |GENF |18,419 Paddington Churches |MIXD |17,837 Bradford & Northern |MIXD |17,535 Hanover |GENF |17,284 Circle 33 |GENF |16,316 Focus |MIXD |16,162 Servite |MIXD |14,223 Network |GENF |13,802 Tonbridge & Malling |LSVT |13,413 Orbit |GENF |13,224 South London Family |GENF |12,712 Ealing Family |GENF |12,532 Stonham |MIXD |12,364 Shaftesbury |GENF |12,163 Bedfordshire Pilgrim |LSVT |11,656 Swale |LSVT |11,620 Metropolitan HT |GENF |11,355 High Weald |LSVT |11,193 West Kent |LSVT |10,953 East London |MIXD |10,791 Sovereign |LSVT |10,635 Family |MIXD |10,564 Knightstone |GENF |10,055 Samuel Lewis Found |MIXD |10,012 Jephson Homes |GENF |9,789 New Islington & Hackney |MIXD |9,414 United Kingdom HT |MIXD |9,331 Liverpool HT |MIXD |9,116 Springboard |MIXD |8,848 Raglan |GENF |8,533 Chiltern Hundreds |LSVT |8,085 Touchstone 2 |MIXD |7,666 Richmond Churches |GENF |7,527 Manchester and District |GENF |7,379 Mid Sussex |LSVT |7,356 Devon & Cornwall |GENF |6,905 Warden |GENF |6,388 Salvation Army |MIXD |6,386 Beacon |LSVT |6,316 Liver |GENF |6,026 Downland |MIXD |6,017 Grosvenor |GENF |5,951 Johnnie Johnson HT |GENF |5,877 Wherry |LSVT |5,696 James Butcher |MIXD |5,644 Midland Area |GENF |5,548 Portico |GENF |5,533 Bromford |GENF |5,490 Yorkshire MET |GENF |5,470 Leicester |GENF |5,420 Threshold |GENF |5,222 Medina |LSVT |5,210 Ryedale |LSVT |5,176 Family HA Manchester |MIXD |4,867 YWCA of GB |MIXD |4,829 Shepherds Bush |MIXD |4,776 Irwell Valley |GENF |4,669 Bourneville Village |GENF |4,651 Leeds Federated |MIXD |4,580 Kensington HT |GENF |4,422 Brunel & Family |GENF |4,372 Thames Valley |GENF |4,317 Kelsey |GENF |4,289 East Dorset |LSVT |4,287 St. Pancras |GENF |4,278 Portsmouth |GENF |4,257 Touchstone |GENF |4,203 Collingwood |GENF |4,180 City and Counties |MIXD |4,176 Airways |GENF |4,168 Guardian |GENF |4,164 Milton Keynes |LSVT |4,102 Accord HSG Management |MIXD |4,091 Moat HS |GENF |4,061 Aldwyck |MIXD |3,952 Habinteg |MIXD |3,934 West Country |MIXD |3,929 Swaythling |GENF |3,911 South Yorkshire |GENF |3,769 Muir Group |GENF |3,642 Newlon |GENF |3,641 Western Challenge |GENF |3,558 Community |MIXD |3,543 South Wight |LSVT |3,509 Cheviot |GENF |3,496 Walbrook |MIXD |3,476 West Hampstead |GENF |3,457 Nene HS |MIXD |3,432
Name of Housing |Type HA |Staff Costs (£'000s) Association --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anchor |GENF |30,869 North British |GENF |13,813 English Churches |MIXD |9,728 Peabody Donation Fund |GENF |9,217 Sanctuary |GENF |8,411 North |GENF |8,060 Sutton HT |MIXD |7,513 Guinness Trust |MIXD |7,273 London & Quadrant HT |MIXD |7,203 South London Family |GENF |7,064 Paddington Churches |MIXD |6,751 Bradford & Northern |MIXD |6,666 Northern Counties |GENF |6,640 Merseyside Improved |GENF |6,522 Notting Hill |GENF |6,363 Focus |MIXD |5,794 Circle 33 |GENF |4,952 Orbit |GENF |4,693 Shaftesbury |GENF |4,690 Metropolitan HT |GENF |4,661 Hyde |MIXD |4,494 Network |GENF |4,283 East London |MIXD |3,700 Hexagon |GENF |3,431 Family HA |MIXD |3,357 Knightstone |GENF |3,327 West Berkshire |LSVT |3,267 New Islington & Hackney |MIXD |3,231 Samuel Lewis HT |MIXD |3,137 Ealing Family |GENF |3,098 Leicester |GENF |2,784 Manchester & Dist. |GENF |2,713 Jephson Homes |GENF |2,503 Raglan |GENF |2,500 Threshold |GENF |1,857 East Midlands |MIXD |1,824 Devon & Cornwall |GENF |1,636 Aldwyck |MIXD |1,585 Bromford |GENF |1,566 Moat HS |GENF |1,365 Ujima |MIXD |1,272 Thames Valley |GENF |1,254 Wandle |GENF |1,079 Swaythling |GENF |965 West Country |MIXD |687 Asra Greater London |GENF |582 Metropolitan HO |SALE |446 Islington & Shoreditch |GENF |439 Tower |SALE |425 Notting Hill HO |SALE |421
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice he has given to the Office of Water Services and the water companies to ensure that river sites of special scientific interest are protected from deterioration due to sewage effluent during the period 1995 2000.
Mr. Atkins: In an answer to my hon. Friend on 6 July, Official Report, columns 241 42, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced £522.3 million of spending in the period 1995 to 2000, specifically to improve river quality where such improvements would not otherwise be required. This was taken into account by the Director General of Water Services when he determined the water companies' new price limits, announced on 28 July. The National Rivers Authority will decide in consultation with the water companies how this spending should be prioritised.
Mr. Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list for 1992 93 and 1993 94, the amount spent in each London borough, with totals for each training and enterprise council area, under each of the programmes now incorporated into the single regeneration budget, regardless of whether the sums were paid to the borough council, and the amount allocated to be spent in 1994 95 on the same basis.
Sir Paul Beresford: The information requested has been placed in the Library. The figures cover the support given to projects under the programmes, or parts of programmes, which now form the single regeneration budget. The total expenditure on several of the programmes will be higher, reflecting contributions from local authorities, the private sector and so on.
Column 816the number of public rights of way that have been blocked or otherwise obstructed by landowners since 1984.
Mr. Atkins: The Countryside Commission carried out a major sample survey of the condition of the network in 1988 and estimated that more than 39,000 km of rights of way were blocked and unusable, about half of which were thought to be the responsibility of landowners. The commission, which gave up responsibility for Wales in 1991, has a further sample survey in hand.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy that fresh planning applications by the new mining companies for opencast coal mines on sites which the local planning authority has previously rejected will not be entertained and if he will make a statement.
Sir Paul Beresford: No. Each case must be considered on its merits. Where a development plan is material to the proposal, application must be determined in accordance with the plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. However, section 70A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as inserted by section 17 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991, provides that a local planning authority may decline to determine an application if within the period of two years ending with the date on which the application is received the Secretary of State has refused a similar application referred to him under section 77 of the 1990 Act or has dismissed an appeal against the refusal of a similar application; and there has been no significant change since the decision in the development plan, so far as it is relevant, or in any other material considerations.
Mr. Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the number of appeals under paragraph 4 of schedule 14 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 determined in 1992 and 1993 for which the time taken from receipt of appeal by his Department to its determination was (a) not more than six months, (b) more than six months but not more than 12 months, (c) more than 12 months but not more than 18 months, (d) more than 18 months but not more than 24 months or (e) more than 24 months.
Mr. Atkins: Statistics on appeals under paragraph 4 of schedule 14 are not collected in the form requested. However, the table shows on a regional basis the average time taken for the cases determined in each year.
Appeals under paragraph 4, schedule 14 Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 1992 1993 Regional offices |Number of cases |Average time |Number of cases |Average time |(months) |(months) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Northern |- |- |- |- North Western |3 |16 |11 |20 Yorkshire and Humberside |- |- |5 |13 West Midlands |- |- |- |- East Midlands |6 |8 |1 |9 Eastern |11 |12 |9 |6 South Eastern |14 |26 |19 |11 South Western |7 |21 |24 |15 London |1 |13 |1 |22
Mr. Bennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how long he allows surveying authorities to comment on appeals under paragraph 4 of schedule 14 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Mr. Atkins: Surveying authorities are given eight weeks to comment on the appellant's grounds of appeal and to submit a statement of case. If no response is received, a reminder is sent and a further two weeks allowed before the appeal can proceed: extensions of time are granted where appropriate. The authority is then given three weeks to comment on each occasion the appellant or third party makes further representations.
(2) how many renewal areas have been designated each year under the provisions of Local Government and Housing Act 1989
Mr. Robert B. Jones: We encourage local authorities to declare renewal areas where the appropriate circumstances exist. The number that have been notified to the Department each year since introduction of the 1989 Act is:
|Number --------------------- 1990 |9 1991 |27 1992 |18 1993 |21 1994 |<1>5 |----- Total |80 <1> To date.
(2) What study he has made of the adverse effect on area renewal programmes in urban areas by a shift towards pepper potting of individual properties.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: We are considering the responses to the consultation paper, many of which addressed the effect of the demand-led arrangements that we have at the moment on the ability of local authorities to develop renewal strategies for their areas. An announcement on the outcome of this review will be made in due course.
Column 818rooms or more; and what plans he has to produce guidelines concerning suitable accommodation for households in the private rented sector.
Mr. Robert B. Jones: Some 15 per cent. of households renting privately in England have two rooms or fewer, and 85 per cent. have three rooms or more. These proportions are from the 1993 94 survey of English housing and are subject to sampling error.
The Department has issued guidance to local authorities in support of their powers to enforce adequate standards of safety and amenity in houses in multiple occupation. Certain general standards relating to fitness and overcrowding are set out in primary legislation. But otherwise it is for landlords and tenants to agree the suitability of accommodation. We have no plans to issue further guidelines.
Mr. Hardy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what payments have been made by his Department during the last five years to individuals or companies in Yorkshire and Humberside in support of projects which it was assumed would create employment; and how many jobs have been created in each case.
Sir Paul Beresford [pursuant to his reply, Wednesday 26 October 1994, column 76]: Until last November my Department awarded city grant to private developers in support of projects designed to create employment. On 10 November 1993, responsibility for city grant was assumed by English Partnerships.
In the five years to April 1994, £43.75 million of city grant was awarded in Yorkshire and Humberside in support of 41 schemes, which were expected to create 6,318 new jobs.
Sir Paul Beresford: The Conservation (Natural Habitats Etc.) Regulations 1994, implementing the EC habitats directive, take effect on 30 October. Of native species, the marsh fritillary--euphydryas aurinia--is included on annexe II of the directive, which lists those species whose conservation requires the designation of special areas of conservation; the large blue butterfly--maculinea arion--is included in annexe IV, for species requiring strict protection.
English Nature's species recovery programme is enjoying some success with the large blue butterfly. Adult butterflies have emerged on five sites and a sixth site is being prepared for next year. The development of targets for species conservation for publication in 1995 was announced in "Biodiversity : The United Kingdom Action Plan". We expect these to include butterflies.
Sir Paul Beresford: The Secretary of State for the Environment has received no advice from the European Commission regarding the application of directive 85/37 to the proposed A34 Newbury bypass. The European Commission did, however, send informal letters of inquiry about this project, to which we replied, in 1991 and 1993. No further communication has been received.
Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made as to whether the provisions of the Conservation (Natural Habitats Etc) Regulations are adequate to comply fully with the United Kingdom Government's obligation to protect the habitats of dormice, under the European habitats directive.
Sir Paul Beresford: The regulations were drafted to afford the requisite level of protection for all animal species listed on annexe IVa of the EC habitats directive, including the dormouse--muscardinus avellanarius. Regulation 39(1)(d) makes it an offence to damage or destroy a breeding site or resting place of such an animal, reflecting article 12(1)(d) of the directive. Derogations under licence from these provisions for specified purposes are allowed where the authorities are satisfied that there is no satisfactory alternative and that the action authorised will not be detrimental to the maintenance of the population of the species concerned at a favourable conservation status in their natural range.
Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what new proposals he has to improve knowledge on the effects on the air quality of pollution by (a) PMIOs (b) Aramatis, (c) oletins, (d) formaldehydes and (e) oxides of nitrogen and photochemical smog.
Mr. Atkins: As announced on 3 October, £5 million is to be made available to the Institute of Environment and Health to investigate links between air pollution and respiratory disease. This is in addition to annual expenditure of over £9 million by my Department on air quality research and monitoring.
The expert panel on air quality standards has published recommendations on benzene and ozone, and will be publishing recommendations on carbon monoxide and 1,3-butadiene in the near future. It is at present considering particulates and NO2 and expects to make recommendations in due course. The quality of urban air review group and the photochemical oxidants review group continue to provide advice on wider air quality issues.
I hope to make an announcement later this year on the Government's response to the consultation paper "Improving Air Quality".
Sir Paul Beresford: In addition to the protection afforded by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to all native bat species and two species of rodent, the Conservation (Natural Habitats Etc) Regulations 1994, which take effect on 30 October, will further strengthen the conservation of many bat species and one species of rodent.
English Nature's species recovery programme, which has already enjoyed some success with the common dormouse and the red squirrel, includes a new three -year project to assist the greater horseshoe bat.
Mr. Atkins: My right hon. Friend has no plans to introduce new proposals regarding increasing the use of canals. However the new chairman of British Waterways, Bernard Henderson CBE, has been asked to consider ways in which the use of canals for which he is responsible may be increased in the national interest, especially for leisure and tourism.
1989 90 -- £ 0.440 million
1990 91 -- £ 0.687 million
1991 92 -- £ 0.755 million
1992 93 -- £ 0.883 million
1993 94 -- £ 1.121 million
1994 95 -- £ 0.529 million (Year to September)
Figures on the number of items posted are kept only for mail from the Department's main London headquarters buildings. Figures are available only from 1991 92 and are as follows:
1991 92 -- 937,096 items
1992 93 -- 947,536 items
1993 94 -- 962,940 items
1994 95 -- 457,267 items (Year to September)
Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many public appointments (a) he is responsible for making and (b) require his approval, including those not listed in "Public Bodies"; and if he will give this figure in terms of (i) appointments to executive bodies (ii) appointments to advisory bodies and (iii) other appointments.
|Numbers ------------------------------------ to executive bodies |438 to advisory bodies |166 to other bodies |418 <1> includes appointments made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Secretary of State.
Column 821There are no appointments which require his approval but for which he is not responsible.
Mr. Atkins: Ordnance Survey was established as an executive agency on 1 May 1990. In 1993, an evaluation report concluded that agency status had been a spur to significant improvements in performance. In particular, the acceleration of the conversion of the basic scales mapping archive to a computerised database, the good trading results in a difficult trading period and the attainment of challenging quality of service and output targets were important achievements in a highly creditable performance. These improvements and other innovations were recognised in 1993 by a chartermark award. In order to supplement a review undertaken by officials, consultants were appointed to look at options for the future status of Ordnance Survey. They assessed that Ordnance Survey would continue to progress well in its current status as an executive agency. They also believed that privatisation of Ordnance Survey offers potential benefits. The consultants found that various obstacles preclude this change of status in the immediate future and were also unable, at present, to quantify the full costs and benefits of privatisation. The consultants further concluded that contractorisation was the worst of the options examined. The Government accept these conclusions and recognise that a final decision to privatise is not yet possible. Ordnance Survey will therefore continue as an executive agency for a further four years. A new framework document will be drawn up to cover the period. During this time the obstacles to privatisation will be investigated thoroughly with a view to clarifying and overcoming them so that the costs and benefits can be established. A further announcement and, if necessary, public consultation, will take place following this major review. The consultants also recommended that a move to trading fund status would be beneficial for Ordnance Survey, whether or not privatisation was pursued eventually. This recommendation is accepted and we will be seeking to move Ordnance Survey to a trading fund basis from April 1996. Over the next four years, Ordnance Survey will continue to develop its revenue-generating activities. Ordnance Survey will also continue to improve its efficiency in order to reduce further its costs to the taxpayer through contracting out wherever there is economic benefit, through collaborations with the private sector wherever appropriate and through innovative management. In addition, Ordnance Survey will seek to achieve all this without any diminution of the quality of its products and services which underpin many key activities of Government and commerce in Britain.
A summary of the consultants' report has been placed in the Library.
Those already using unleaded petrol should not switch back to using leaded petrol.
The Government do not accept criticism of Government policy on unleaded petrol contained in the Transport Select Committee report on transport- related air pollution in London.
These is no credible evidence of any significant differences in emissions of benzene between non-catalyst cars running on leaded and premium unleaded petrol.
There is no evidence that use of super-unleaded petrol contributes significantly to total ambient concentrations of benzene. Super-unleaded petrol comprises only 5 per cent. to 6 per cent. of the market, and that share is declining. We are, however, keeping its use under review.
Benzene levels in the United Kingdom are below the five part per billion level recommended to Government by the expert panel for air quality standards, and are likely to fall as more catalyst-equipped cars enter the national fleet.
Health advice is that there are much stronger grounds for concern regarding small increases in blood-lead concentrations than regarding small changes in ambient concentrations of benzene. It is hoped that publicity given to the Transport Committee report will not lead to increased emissions of lead from road transport.
Mrs. Wise: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will update the information published in appendix G on pages 31 32 of the minutes of evidence taken before the Health Select Committee on "The Responsibilities of the Director of Statistics and the Director of Research and Development", HC 1992 93, 624, by giving the corresponding tabulations from the hospital episode system for 1991 92 and 1992 93.
(2) what discussions she has had with the Medical Officer of Health about the benefits or disbenefits to public health of restricting the use of water for general household purposes.
Column 823replacement therapy by district health authorities and regional health authorities in each of the last five years.
Ms Primarolo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women between the ages of 50 years and 64 years have been invited for breast screening in each year since 1990, by (a) district health authority, (b) family health services authority and (c) region; and how many women were actually screened in each case.
Mr. Sackville: Information on breast cancer screening has been collected centrally since financial year 1988 89, but 1991 92 was the first year for which the data were of sufficient quality to allow any analysis. Regionally based information on estimated percentage uptake of screening invitations for 1991 92 and 1992 93 is shown in the table. Information is not available centrally at district or family health services authority level.
|per cent.|per cent. Region |1991-92 |1992-93 ------------------------------------------------ England (Total) |72 |72 Northern |75 |75 Yorkshire |74 |72 Trent |78 |78 East Anglia |81 |79 North West Thames |58 |61 North East Thames |61 |61 South East Thames |71 |70 South West Thames |66 |68 Wessex |79 |76 Oxford |77 |76 South Western |75 |77 West Midlands |72 |70 Mersey |69 |72 North Western |73 |76
Information on the number of women screened by regional health authority is published in breast cancer screening summary information from Form KC62 England. The 1992 3 data are to be distributed shortly and an advance copy will be placed in the Library.
Ms Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with learning disabilities are resident in long-stay hospitals; and if she will list the long-stay learning disability hospitals still operating.
Mr. Bowis: Information on residents by type of hospital is not available centrally. The figure for people with a length of stay of one or more years in national health service hospitals under the mental handicap, learning disability specialty, in England, as at 31 March 1993 is 13,500.
A list will be placed in the Library of NHS trusts and directly managed units that have beds designated as being for long-term learning disability patients.
Mr. Malone: Substantial progress has been made and a programme to implement the report's recommendations is outlined in EL(94)71, "Implementation of the Report of the Working Group on Specialist Medical Training--Hospital Doctors: Training for the Future". Copies of the national health service executive letter, which was issued on 22 September 1994, are available in the Library.