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London Underground stations have been closed for a part of the day in each of (a) the last 10 years because of staff shortage and (b) the past 12 months. 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 9 April 2001]: This is an operational issue for London Underground (LUL) who have provided me with the following information on station closures owing to staff shortages of all time periods over 15 minutes in duration for the last six years and for year 2000-01 until 3 March 2001.
|Year||Number of closures|
|Period||Number of closures|
LUL operate a 13 period year. The end of period 12 represents 3 March 2001. Information for period 13 has not been processed yet.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) how many accidents there have been on London Underground in each of (a) the last 10 years and (b) the past 12 months including in each instance the number of (i) fatalities, (ii) major injuries and (iii) minor injuries to passengers and staff; 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 9 April 2001]: London Underground (LUL) have provided the following information relating to all accidents. They inform me that to highlight those accidents which are the result of train movements could be done only at disproportionate cost.
London Underground publish information on passenger and employee fatalities and passenger major injuries in their Annual Reports each year. The following table summarises this information for the period requested, although LUL informs me that the figures may differ slightly from the Annual Reports as some revisions have been made to reflect information which was not available at the time of the Reports.
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|Passenger fatality||Employee fatality||Passenger major injury|
The information contained in the following tables covers the additional categories relating to Employee and Passenger injuries. As London Underground's current databases do not extend back prior to 1994, they inform me that to provide information before this date would incur excessive costs.
|Employee major injury||Employee minor injury||Passenger minor injury|
(7) Figures for 2000-01 are only up to end of Quarter 3 (6 January 2001) and are provisional
|Fatality||Major injury||Minor injury|
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serious train incidents there were in the London Underground in each of (a) the past 10 years and (b) the past 12 months; 
Mr. Hill [holding answer 9 April 2001]: This is an operational issue for London Underground (LUL) who inform me that although they record incidents on the Underground system under a range of headings themselves they do not use the term "serious train incidents". The appropriate measure would be LUL's record of train derailments and train collisions.
|Year||Derailments on running line|
|2000-01||Derailments on running line|
Mr. Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) if he will make a statement on his plans in respect of the (a) purpose and (b) timescale of issuing an order under section 16(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1999; 
Mr. Meacher: On 9 April my Department issued for consultation a draft of the Waste (Foot-and-Mouth) Disease (England) Regulations 2001. Following consideration of the responses, the Regulations were made and came into
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force on 13 April. The main purpose of the Regulations is to enable the Secretary of State to issue directions under section 57(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requiring the holders of waste management licences for specified landfill sites to accept and dispose of specified kinds of agricultural waste.
It is necessary to ensure that waste arising from the foot and mouth disease outbreak is disposed of effectively and in ways which protect the environment and human health. The Regulations will ensure that suitable landfill sites can be used where necessary to dispose of specified kinds of animal waste. However, the powers of direction under section 57(1) of the 1990 Act will be used only where the Government consider that their use in relation to each individual site is essential; and to date no such directions have been issued. Unless and until a decision to issue a direction is taken, it is not possible to say how many working days will have elapsed between the termination of the consultation exercise and the implementation of that direction.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what guidance has been given to the police force with regard to the prosecution of drivers who display a flag, other than the EU flag, on vehicle registration plates. 
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Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much central Government spent on (a) housing and (b) social housing in (i) actual terms and (ii) real terms (A) in each year since 1979 and (B) as projected to the end of the current funding review period. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth [holding answer 30 April 2001]: The available information on the Department's allocations, or outturns, for its main programmes of housing capital investment and revenue expenditure since 1979-80 in England is set out in the table, with forecasts for 2002-03 and 2003-04. A revised local authority finance regime was introduced from 1990-91, and so the detail of prior years' figures is not directly comparable. Some of the resources allocated through the Single Regeneration Budget Challenge Fund and City Challenge are applied to housing, but this element is not distinguished in the allocations and is therefore not included.
The tables do not reflect indirect support for housing by central Government through, for example, mortgage interest tax relief and housing related personal benefits such as rent allowances and rate/council tax rebates.
All expenditure by the Housing Corporation, and through Housing Revenue Account subsidy, Estate Action and Estate Renewal Challenge Fund allocations is wholly attributable to social housing. The Department's ACG, CRI and other allocations are not prescribed and authorities are free to apply these resources in support of both social and private housing in accordance with their own strategies and priorities. Private Sector Renewal Support Grant is applied exclusively to private housing, as is the majority of Disabled Facilities Grant expenditure.
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|Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme (ADP)-Gross expenditure||(9)--||(9)--||521||755||734||697|
|LA Basic Block allocations (prior to 1990-91)||2,544||2,186||1,771||1,847||1,769||1,821|
|Total Housing Revenue Account Subsidy||1,274||1,423||908||536||280||2,139|
|Housing Corporation Revenue allocations||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Total (cash prices)||3,819||3,626||3,224||3,484||3,247||4,688|
|Total (real terms at 1999-2000 prices)||10,756||8,641||7,017||7,090||6,320||8,674|
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|Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme (ADP)-Gross expenditure||711||715||752||791||935|
|LA Basic Block allocations (prior to 1990-91)||1,572||1,392||1,262||1,119||874|
|Total Housing Revenue Account Subsidy||2,349||2,566||2,576||2,628||2,879|
|Housing Corporation Revenue allocations||0||1||1||1||53|
|Total (cash prices)||4,666||4,740||4,728||4,751||4,963|
|Total (real terms at 1999-2000 prices)||8,196||8,075||7,648||7,198||7,014|
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|Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme (ADP)-Gross expenditure||1,063||1,586||2,351||1,796||1,484||1,142||1,044|
|LA Housing Annual Capital Guidelines (ACGs)||1,296||1,343||1,290||1,378||1,038||994||943|
|Other allocations (Energy Conservation, Insulation, Homelessness, Private Sector Initiative etc.)||221||187||110||45||70||88||88|
|Capital Receipts Initiative||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--|
|Private Sector Renewal Support Grant||413||413||397||392||308||283||271|
|Disabled Facilities Grant||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--|
|Estate Renewal Challenge Fund||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||30|
|Housing Action Trusts (capital and current spending)||(10)--||10||27||78||92||93||90|
|Total Housing Revenue Account Subsidy||3,661||3,750||3,961||4,126||4,142||4,023||3,926|
|Housing Corporation Revenue allocations inc. SCSHF||66||104||136||146||200||199||217|
|Starter Homes Initiative||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Arms Length Management Companies||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Total (cash prices)||6,894||7,657||8,618||8,318||7,706||7,061||6,811|
|Total (real terms at 1999-2000 prices)||9,037||9,456||10,307||9,691||8,853||7,885||7,369|
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|Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme (ADP)-Gross expenditure||684||607||638||642||767||918||1,214|
|LA Housing Annual Capital Guidelines (ACGs)||628||544||609||2,019||882||793||842|
|Other allocations (Energy Conservation, Insulation, Homelessness, Private Sector Initiative etc.)||51||31||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--|
|Capital Receipts Initiative||174||569||570||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--|
|Private Sector Renewal Support Grant||192||166||165||0||21||(10)--||(10)--|
|Disabled Facilities Grant||56||59||65||72||85||88||89|
|Estate Renewal Challenge Fund||103||146||165||81||(10)--||(10)--||(10)--|
|Housing Action Trusts (capital and current spending)||88||90||83||86||98||123||72|
|Total Housing Revenue Account Subsidy||3,682||3,370||3,104||2,974||4,344||4,107||3,878|
|Housing Corporation Revenue allocations inc. SCSHF||208||149||154||143||158||189||200|
|Starter Homes Initiative||--||--||--||--||50||100||100|
|Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund||--||--||--||--||20||40||60|
|Arms Length Management Companies||--||--||--||--||--||100||200|
|Total (cash prices)||6,022||5,830||5,618||6,086||6,465||6,469||6,660|
|Total (real terms at 1999-2000 prices)||6,336||5,964||5,618||5,981||6,199||6,052||6,078|
(8) All component figures are in cash prices
(9) Denotes figures not available
(10) Not applicable in this period
ADP Gross Expenditure:
Excludes ADP funding of City Challenge, Rough Sleepers Initiative and ERCF. Data prior to 1981-82 is unavailable as corporation expenditure was not cash limited in this period. 1992-93 figures includes £591 million under Housing Market Package. 2000-01 figure is forecast.
LA Housing Annual Capital Guidelines (ACGs):
From 2000-01 the ACG incorporates allocations for private sector renewal and the Capital Receipts Initiative which were previously made separately. The introduction of Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) from 2001-02 caused a switch of resources from LA Housing ACGs into Housing Revenue Account Subsidy. Figures for 2002-03 and 2003-04 exclude the component of housing ACGs covering 'Receipts taken into Account' (RTAs); this amounted to £199 million in 2001-02.
Estate Action--Figures up to 1994-95 represent supplementary credit approval (SCA) and continuation scheme allocations; thereafter, direct grant payment outturns within the Single Regeneration Budget. There is no revenue expenditure attributable to Estate Action.
Capital Receipts Initiative:
Private Sector Renewal Support Grant:
Distributed via Specified Capital Grant Allowances 1990-91 to 1992-93; SCG-dependent SCAs 1993-94 to 1996-97.
Disabled Facilities Grant:
Initial allocations. DFG was included within SCG and SCG-dependent SCAs prior to 1997-98.
Estate Renewal Challenge Fund:
From 2001-02, ERCF baseline expenditure is included in ADP settlements.
Housing Action Trusts:
HATs figures include all revenue expenditure, except for 2002-03 and 2003-04. Figures for 2001-02 are allocations.
Includes the rent rebate subsidy element. Prior to 1990-91 rent rebates were part of the Department of Social Services programmes; outturn figures provided by DSS for the period 1984-85 to 1989-90 include those for Welsh authorities, but comparable data for earlier years are not available. A substantially revised HRA subsidy system was introduced from 1990, which includes MRA from 2001-02 (see note above).
Housing Corporation Revenue Allocations:
Information as published in the Housing Corporation's Annual Accounts; figures for 2001-02 onwards include revenue spend on the Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund.
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Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will publish the allocations of capital housing expenditure for 2001-02 for the Slough unitary authority, broken down into (a) repairs to local authority property, (b) repairs to regulated social landlord property, (c) new local authority build and (d) new regulated social landlord property. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: On 7 December 2000, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions announced the Housing Improvement Programme (HIP) figures. The unitary authority of Slough's allocation figure for the HIP programme 2001-02 totalled £1,872,000. This is made up with the Annual Capital Guideline £1,722,000 and the Disabled Facilities Grant (a specified capital grant) of £150,000. The Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) 2001-02 for the unitary authority of Slough of £4,731,300 was announced on 7 December 2000. The MRA covers repairs to local authority property. Funding towards repairs to regulated social landlord property is minimal. There is no funding for the local authority to build new properties. The Housing Corporation has published the allocation statement for the unitary authority of Slough on 17 April 2001 for new registered social landlord property totalling £2,946,292. This is made up of £2,714,576 for Mixed Funded Rent and £231,716 for Mixed Funded Sale.
Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many people were (a) on the housing waiting list, (b) registered priority homeless and (c) accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation under housing legislation in the unitary authority of Slough at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: As at 1 April 2000 there were 1,931 people on the housing waiting list in the unitary authority of Slough, and there were 249 people registered as priority homeless. As at December 2000, there were 198 people in temporary accommodation of which four are in bed and breakfast accommodation in the unitary authority of Slough.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will place in the Library the local authority audits on the provision of and need for semi-independent housing with support for lone parents below the age of 18 years. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: Information on the provision of and demand for accommodation in their area which could be used for semi-independent housing with support for 16 and 17-year-old lone parents was collected from local authorities in last year's Housing Investment Programme exercise.
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many new places in semi-independent housing have been provided for lone parents under the age of 18 years since (a) May 1997, (b) June 2000 and (c) over the most recent period for which data are available. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: Since April 1997, 388 new units of accommodation have been provided by Registered Social Landlords with funding from the Corporation's Annual Development Programme (ADP). In last year's ADP (April 2000--March 2001), funding for 128 new units of accommodation was approved. This year's ADP includes 205 new units of accommodation for lone parents under the age of 18 years. In addition under the Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund, funding has been approved for 134 new units of accommodation for teenage parents, as well as floating support for 275 existing units of accommodation. This does not include accommodation funded by charities, or other similar bodies.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many lone parents under the age of 18 years (a) have lone tenancy of a council property, (b) claim Housing Benefit on the basis that they live alone, (c) live in semi-independent housing, (d) live with other family members and (e) have other accommodation arrangements. 
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