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Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with which body the Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council has a contract of employment. [114349]

Mr. Chris Smith: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 16 February 2000, Official Report, column 54W.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Photo Passes

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee what restrictions there are on the number of overseas staff an hon. Member can have photo passes for; when these restrictions were imposed; and what plans his Committee has to review them. [114204]

Mrs. Roe: The Administration Committee endorses the recommendations of the House of Commons (Services) Committee in its Report "Access to the Precincts of the House" (HC(1987-88)580), approved by the House on 30 January 1989, and which my Committee has no immediate plans to review. The Services Committee recommended that no hon. Member should be entitled to Palace of Westminster photo passes for more than three individual members of their personal staff. The number of passes issued to temporary research assistants from overseas is limited to 150 in any one calendar year, and to 50 at any one time.

Hon. Members are permitted to have one temporary overseas student only working for them at a time to ensure that as many hon. Members as possible are able to take advantage of this opportunity. This does not affect the right of hon. Members to employ foreign nationals as secretaries, or as research assistants, on a longer term basis.

ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Urban Regeneration (Rogers Report)

Mr. Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many of the recommendations contained in the report on urban regeneration by Lord Rogers (1) have been implemented by the Government; [114410]

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Ms Armstrong: The Urban Task Force report "Towards an Urban Renaissance" made more than 100 forward-thinking recommendations about how to revitalise our towns and cities. It formed an excellent contribution to the debate on how to reverse the social, physical and economic decline that many of our urban areas have faced in recent decades.

The Government are looking at the report's recommendations in detail as we prepare for the forthcoming White Paper on Urban policy. But we, and others, have already acted on many of its proposals. We are keen to maintain the momentum created by the report and believe that we should all be working hard to create an urban renaissance now.

It is important to remember that the recommendations of the Task Force are not for DETR or for Government alone. Many recommendations were directed at local authorities, other public sector organisations and service providers. For its part the Government have already:



    set up nine pilot home zones--traffic schemes in residential areas which will give residents more control over traffic movements and ensure that the needs of people, rather than traffic, come first;


    published revised PPG12 which advocates simpler and more effective development plans. This helps to fulfil the Urban Task Force's recommendation to streamline the planning process;


    piloted eight Private Finance Initiatives for Housing Revenue Account pathfinders, helping fulfil the need to attract private investment in local communities;


    taken steps to put Local Transport Plans on a statutory footing ensuring that local authorities take an integrated and strategic approach to planning transport provision in their area;


    revised planning guidance for transport to promote civilised towns and cities where the needs of people are given priority.

Last week the Government also published "Revised planning policy guidance on Housing (PPG3)". This introduces a new sustainable approach to planning for housing which addresses a large number of Lord Rogers' recommendations including promoting better designed places and giving priority to recycling previously developed sites and empty properties.

A great deal of work is still being carried out on the full range of Lord Rogers' proposals and the Government's approach to the many issues he raised will be set out in the White Paper. It is not, therefore, possible to say at this time how many of the recommendations will have been addressed by the end of this year.

Fair Rents

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what was the average weekly difference between rent officer determinations of registered fair rents during the period that the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 was in force (a) before the cap was applied and (b) after the cap had been applied (i) in England and (ii) by region. [113338]

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Mr. Mullin: Provisional figures for England are given in the table.

Average weekly amount by which the rent officer determination of 'uncapped' fair rent exceeded the 'capped' rent during the period May to December 1999

Amount by which uncapped fair rent exceeded capped rent
(£) per weekNumber of cases
London
Barking5.4627
Barnet8.35638
Bexley3.40226
Brent8.69810
Bromley6.17335
City of London2.0162
Camden25.49866
Croydon3.00105
Ealing8.16614
Enfield2.83240
Greenwich4.10360
Hackney4.73688
Hammersmith and Fulham3.75831
Haringey7.77845
Harrow2.75187
Havering3.93154
Uxbridge/Hillingdon4.03266
Hounslow7.05367
Islington5.70714
Kensington and Chelsea13.17669
Lambeth11.64950
Lewisham3.99629
Merton4.93318
Newham5.51797
Redbridge2.01197
Richmond6.41429
Southwark2.12414
Sutton1.56105
Tower Hamlets8.44439
Waltham7.45721
Wandsworth5.521,314
Westminster7.74536
London7.5615,853
English counties
Avon5.78578
Bedfordshire2.77212
Berkshire4.96407
Buckinghamshire5.53207
Cambridgeshire10.27400
Cheshire4.58543
Cleveland1.6381
Cornwall7.2913
Cumbria2.2591
Derbyshire2.59120
Devon3.83179
Dorset4.08226
Durham3.7175
East Sussex5.83169
Essex5.59378
Gloucestershire10.50308
Greater Manchester3.061,570
Hampshire6.65724
Hereford and Worcestershire2.97204
Hertfordshire6.28568
Humberside3.34273
Isle of Wight7.6213
Kent4.35618
Lancashire2.12271
Leicestershire2.28485
Lincolnshire2.12107
Merseyside4.352,434
Norfolk6.26522
Northumberland1.79143
Northamptonshire4.28212
North Yorkshire3.37376
Nottingham3.00246
Oxfordshire13.32193
Shrewsbury3.8930
Somerset7.3493
South Yorkshire1.85256
Staffordshire4.32100
Suffolk2.97243
Surrey5.00534
Tyne and Wear2.49850
Warwickshire3.41533
West Midlands2.38532
West Sussex3.90441
West Yorkshire2.23964
Wiltshire5.87289
English regions
London7.5615,853
North East2.421,149
North West and Merseyside3.804,909
Yorkshire and Humberside2.571,869
East Midlands2.811,170
West Midlands3.031,399
Eastern6.192,323
South East5.663,306
South West6.321,686
England5.8633,664

Note:

That the unavailability of data from February to April 1999 is because of processing problems directly associated with the introduction of the Order. These problems continued to affect some rent officer areas after April 1999. Consequently the number of cases for each region may be an under-estimate of the total number of fair rent cases determined by the rent officer in that region during the period May to December.

Source:

Provisional rent officer determinations for May-December 1999


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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what was the average weekly registered fair rent paid by regulated private tenants during the period that the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 was in force in (a) England and (b) by regions where (i) the rent was capped under the Order and (ii) the rent was not capped under the Order. [113337]

Mr. Mullin: Provisional figures for England are given in the table.

Average weekly registered fair rent paid by regulated private tenants during May-December 1999 where the rent was (i) capped and (ii) not capped under the Order

Rent capped Rent not capped
£ per weekNumber of cases£ per weekNumber of cases
London
Barking53.562760.774
Barnet79.1263878.4588
Bexley58.7422663.7528
Brent61.6281059.8460
Bromley71.7333585.2327
City of London67.4762n/a0
Camden77.67866104.1180
Croydon77.3610580.86155
Ealing64.6061476.86134
Enfield60.5924061.54110
Greenwich67.6636079.027
Hackney58.6268865.4770
Hammersmith and Fulham68.2383177.3052
Haringey65.6384572.4970
Harrow70.4618775.4337
Havering63.2315480.776
Uxbridge/Hillingdon67.2126674.9527
Hounslow74.6536781.2014
Islington66.3071484.5557
Kensington and Chelsea71.06669141.61239
Lambeth59.5995058.94101
Lewisham53.7262956.6175
Merton80.0831880.7934
Newham56.3079751.2443
Redbridge50.0619757.2766
Richmond75.4242984.9423
Southwark60.8141466.91123
Sutton63.3410567.6273
Tower Hamlets67.2143943.0010
Waltham50.5372152.84121
Wandsworth76.321,31488.8537
Westminster77.02536127.7882
London66.5615,85381.212,053
English counties
Avon66.2257871.7580
Bedfordshire54.8121254.9865
Berkshire72.6440782.7082
Buckinghamshire57.2020761.4729
Cambridgeshire52.5940054.6880
Cheshire37.1054350.3787
Cleveland53.528144.78133
Cornwall48.571360.04168
Cumbria40.199140.65136
Derbyshire43.1612044.85424
Devon60.8317964.36260
Dorset64.0122664.89379
Durham46.537543.80111
East Sussex72.0916975.62386
Essex61.6937860.18631
Gloucestershire57.9430876.5180
Greater Manchester42.811,57040.79432
Hampshire64.8872471.32360
Hereford and Worcestershire51.3620451.59167
Hertfordshire76.1056873.36181
Humberside47.4627344.73357
Isle of Wight50.831358.1963
Kent71.2261868.22557
Lancashire45.5027146.99115
Leicestershire47.9348551.73292
Lincolnshire45.4410745.15159
Merseyside44.602,43446.52754
Norfolk49.7152252.86227
Northumberland46.0114343.35163
Northamptonshire53.5221250.5958
North Yorkshire53.8137656.45161
Nottingham48.8224652.64546
Oxfordshire74.2819386.6955
Shropshire50.493050.6559
Somerset56.669361.9980
South Yorkshire40.6525638.94628
Staffordshire41.7210043.11391
Suffolk49.5924351.15200
Surrey83.3853496.1772
Tyne and Wear43.2285039.55255
Warwickshire49.7053351.2576
West Midlands46.0953249.131,073
West Sussex69.4044180.17191
West Yorkshire42.8296447.16663
Wiltshire64.6428972.7046
English regions
London66.5615,85381.212,053
North East44.511,14942.25662
North West and Merseyside43.174,90944.631,524
Yorkshire and Humberside45.411,86944.661,809
East Midlands48.411,17049.341,479
West Midlands48.021,39948.171,766
Eastern59.062,32358.831,384
South East70.993,30673.591,795
South West62.911,68665.491,093
England59.5533,66457.9913,565

Note:

The unavailability of data from February to April 1999 is because of processing problems directly associated with the introduction of the Order. These problems continued to affect some rent officer areas after April 1999. Consequently the number of cases for each region may be an under-estimate of the total number of fair rent cases determined by the rent officer in that region during the period May to December.

Source:

Provisional rent officer determinations for May-December 1999.


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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what was the average weekly registered fair rent paid by regulated private tenants (a) in England and (b) by each region in (i) 1994-95, (ii) 1995-96, (iii) 1996-97, (iv) 1997-98 and (v) 1998-99. [113336]

Mr. Mullin: The available figures for England are given in the table.

Average weekly registered fair rent paid by regulated private tenants in England, 1994-95 to 1998-99

1994-951995-961996-971997-981998-99
London
Barking and Dagenham
£41.4043.3647.4751.7954.11
Number of cases86910210293
Barnet
£55.6459.9771.7473.5281.49
Number of cases797472326758613
Bexley
£32.9954.2354.9054.4361.03
Number of cases4111,321959298261
Brent
£40.0942.7149.3954.9661.54
Number of cases871460337718470
Bromley
£49.5253.5957.4963.5269.44
Number of cases656702592635523
City
£--60.58134.62----
Number of cases--21----
Camden
£64.8876.1182.4889.57101.58
Number of cases1,252941624897768
Croydon
£54.8662.7266.9872.8274.73
Number of cases847895699712558
Ealing
£53.1954.0360.8565.7874.07
Number of cases1,028734521788572
Enfield
£43.3447.5750.2153.9358.76
Number of cases831548683515582
Greenwich
£46.4256.1256.9661.0166.63
Number of cases4071,571577500218
Hackney
£42.3449.6350.8556.4559.34
Number of cases640474529491362
Hammersmith and Fulham
£54.8757.5763.9669.7079.93
Number of cases1,2021,207991953799
Haringey
£48.0355.2357.1263.0969.07
Number of cases673806520514565
Harrow
£48.1652.0560.9064.0577.69
Number of cases451623364496180
Havering
£53.6146.9750.3357.1559.53
Number of cases230259260317239
Hillingdon
£47.6653.2858.0665.3966.92
Number of cases658543437494554
Hounslow
£49.6754.4460.2866.2273.06
Number of cases319437388284273
Islington
£47.4654.1659.0665.1070.90
Number of cases491104325268340
Kensington and Chelsea
£74.4093.6491.3197.77120.60
Number of cases1,2347961,116715702
Kingston
£52.4958.5564.66----
Number of cases411494254----
Lambeth
£46.9249.1354.7657.5864.09
Number of cases1,1928871,036862819
Lewisham
£40.0447.9748.6151.1356.84
Number of cases1,051628447639588
Merton
£51.1060.1365.1669.6575.81
Number of cases564529293468424
Newham
£32.1934.6839.7441.7646.98
Number of cases900926774741625
Redbridge
£38.9240.8944.3246.4150.36
Number of cases418437464319323
Richmond on Thames
£57.3463.4770.5575.3684.35
Number of cases6598997311,112774
Southwark
£49.3047.1651.8955.1358.63
Number of cases997923660786614
Sutton
£45.4351.0055.0261.1663.54
Number of cases305380267310213
Tower Hamlets
£41.9645.7047.3149.7655.90
Number of cases210178259111244
Waltham Forest
£34.9036.1139.9642.9046.62
Number of cases1,1451,3551,1731,155973
Wandsworth
£54.0155.6064.4968.5177.56
Number of cases1,5171,3141,1201,257902
Westminster
£90.5092.72106.69109.09112.32
Number of cases2,0682,2601,8201,7401,683
London
£53.0657.9663.3867.7574.87
Number of cases24,44324,17419,64919,95516,854
English counties
Avon
£47.3753.8056.9261.7465.46
Number of cases730736549568542
Bedfordshire
£37.0836.4446.2246.9451.99
Number of cases586351326351158
Berkshire
£51.1958.2463.8370.3174.77
Number of cases801970611689485
Buckinghamshire
£40.5446.9050.7955.3363.18
Number of cases455586351515317
Cambridgeshire
£41.8041.3247.0248.0661.42
Number of cases599522510338339
Cheshire
£25.2527.4532.4836.0242.40
Number of cases8711,184805959661
Cleveland
£31.8035.5438.9939.7842.00
Number of cases444370249545189
Cornwall
£53.8355.7156.7558.8359.89
Number of cases554466439326338
Cumbria
£32.1330.8533.1836.7438.44
Number of cases540673526573452
Derbyshire
£34.7935.0639.2440.7343.71
Number of cases2,0631,8881,4811,4741,1900
Devon
£48.0050.9554.5856.6759.94
Number of cases1,348874773945688
Dorset
£46.6550.8954.0159.1363.14
Number of cases1,3981,0601,212966819
Durham
£31.4932.7935.9738.6142.62
Number of cases347338276265183 71.56
East Sussex
£58.4263.5965.5869.79
Number of cases2,2052,1261,6361,6941,251
Essex
£45.0048.4953.2555.6659.37
Number of cases2,2072,0281,8121,7081,579
Gloucestershire
£46.3749.2654.5958.1062.26
Number of cases534458389454354
Greater Manchester
£29.1929.9534.7336.2239.48
Number of cases3,4443,3382,3402,5342,067
Hampshire
£49.2553.2459.2662.2165.73
Number of cases2,1641,7178781,6291,672
Hereford and Worcester
£39.3040.1044.2147.1449.52
Number of cases780515416616539
Hertfordshire
£49.0559.7160.8467.1670.67
Number of cases1,4021,0601,076863793
Humberside
£34.7137.2239.1041.2942.85
Number of cases1,8621,7371,2171,336964
Isle of Wight
£43.6047.7749.8655.5654.61
Number of cases211626113595
Kent
£53.0457.2460.7564.1868.12
Number of cases3,0742,5062,4902,3061,942
Lancashire
£32.2533.9637.3740.6142.94
Number of cases965840664632536
Leicestershire
£36.5639.9442.9645.7247.51
Number of cases1,5691,2271,2101,002973
Lincolnshire
£33.8536.6738.3141.5842.16
Number of cases581512432467403
Merseyside
£25.7626.4233.9038.3542.56
Number of cases5,2394,4773,9623,0602,916
Norfolk
£39.8241.9444.1847.4649.68
Number of cases1,2231,1689571,057877
Northumberland
£31.1932.7737.7638.9342.84
Number of cases530552370592384
Northampton
£37.1140.4043.0445.5450.02
Number of cases440301350264281
North Yorkshire
£41.4942.0746.9650.8453.53
Number of cases1,056946860824754
Nottinghamshire
£40.1942.8046.7648.6350.83
Number of cases1,8691,6231,6311,4151,206
Oxfordshire
£59.0260.4368.9774.4981.70
Number of cases588552524565443
Shropshire
£--44.9945.5646.9650.39
Number of cases--49253365266
Somerset
£44.2545.6051.9053.8259.17
Number of cases570340197373288
South Yorkshire
£30.0731.1333.1034.9437.06
Number of cases2,8431,6971,9821,9851,674
Staffordshire
£31.1534.1438.8339.0641.05
Number of cases1,2161,0651,040866870
Suffolk
£37.1339.3443.0744.5848.70
Number of cases1,2001,039970877925
Surrey
£62.5467.2374.1382.3487.30
Number of cases1,5961,4751,4291,0831,099
Tyne and Wear
£29.7231.0835.2437.0640.41
Number of cases1,9301,7621,5511,5881,166
Warwickshire
£33.4436.7343.1645.5848.62
Number of cases664423134636449
West Midlands
£37.0437.8842.1445.7047.23
Number of cases4,7163,5932,8043,2202,587
West Sussex
£54.4661.9464.5770.4274.32
Number of cases1,232935826757639
West Yorkshire
£33.5636.1238.0540.8443.16
Number of cases3,3542,7402,5712,3062,018
Wiltshire
£49.4049.5554.8357.5563.25
Number of cases516444452411158
English regions
London
£53.0657.9663.3867.7574.87
Number of cases24,44324,17419,64919,95516,854
North East
£30.4332.1336.0938.0741.26
Number of cases3,2513,0222,4462,9901,922
North West and Merseyside
£27.6728.5434.2337.4341.33
Number of cases11,05910,5128,2977,7586,632
Yorkshire and Humberside
£33.6235.9937.9240.4042.66
Number of cases9,1157,1206,6306,4515,410
East Midlands
£25.8326.9131.3231.6034.19
Number of cases6,5225,5515,1044,6224,053
West Midlands
£35.9837.3541.8044.9246.66
Number of cases7,3765,6454,6475,7034,711
Eastern
£42.6946.3450.4452.9557.25
Number of cases7,2176,1685,6515,1944,671
South East
£54.2559.2464.2667.9272.11
Number of cases12,32610,9298,8069,3767,943
South West
£47.7551.1954.8658.1362.05
Number of cases5,6504,3784,0114,0433,187
England
£43.2746.9851.3854.8659.48
Number of cases86,95977,49965,24166,08955,383

Source:

Rent Officer Statistics


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