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East-west Transport Links

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2001, Official Report, column 892W, on east-west transport links, if the London to South Midlands multi-modal study is considering east-west rail links between Cambridge and Bedford, and Bedford and Milton Keynes. [10065]

Mr. Jamieson: The London to South Midlands multi-modal study will concentrate on three north to south transport corridors (M1/WCML, A1/MML/ECML, M11/WAnglia) but will also look at east-west movements in the study area. The east-west rail link will be considered in this context.

Empty Homes (East Sussex)

Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many empty homes there are in east Sussex broken down by sector. [10398]

Ms Keeble: The numbers of vacant local authority and Registered Social Landlords' dwellings in each local authority area in east Sussex on 1 April 2000 (the latest available data) are set out in the table alongside the local authorities' estimates of private and other public sector dwellings.

Number of vacant residential dwellings in East Sussex on 1 April 2000, by local authority and tenure

(1)Local authority(2)RSL(1)Other public(1)PrivateTotal
Brighton and Hove19681282,1782,483
East Sussex total3213863510,16510,907

(1) Housing Investment Programme (HIP) 2000: Operation Information returns.

(2) Annual Regulatory and Statistical Returns (RSR 1).


1. RSL—Registered Social Landlord.

2. Other public—includes Government Departments and public sector agencies (eg health authorities).

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Rail Maintenance

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many wheeltappers were employed by the railway industry in (a) 1990 and (b) 2000. [10379]

Mr. Jamieson: We do not hold this information.

European Single Sky Agreement

Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what criteria were assessed when deciding to sign the European Single Sky Agreement; and if he will make a statement. [11068]

Mr. Jamieson: The European Commission presented its legislative proposals on the European Single Sky to the Transport Council on 16 October.

The Government are considering their response to these proposals, but have not signed any agreement.

Social Tenants

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what way (a) new and (b) existing social tenants will have greater choice over their housing in the choice-based lettings pilot scheme. [10166]

Ms Keeble: The 27 local authority-led pilots were chosen to test different choice-based approaches to lettings, operating in a variety of circumstances.

Nearly all the schemes are designed to give greater choice to new and existing tenants by moving away from bureaucratic, points-based, allocation schemes to schemes where applicants select directly from available vacancies.

There is a strong emphasis on partnership working between the pilot authorities and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) operating in their area; and in some cases the intention is to bring private landlords on board as well, to offer as wide a choice as possible to new and existing tenants. Some of the pilots involve a consortium of authorities and RSLs working together. Some include links between areas of high and low demand. These schemes offer the opportunity to test the potential for promoting mobility across local authority boundaries,

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increasing choice for tenants and new applicants, and enabling better use to be made of the national housing stock.

We expect all the pilot schemes to ensure that the needs of vulnerable households are considered and addressed during the development of the pilot, to ensure that they are not disadvantaged under the new scheme. This will include the provision of information and advice to help people make appropriate and informed choices—as well as practical support to help them make the move.

Housing Construction Programmes

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new housing construction programmes since 1997 have built houses on (a) brownfield sites and (b) greenfield sites. [10165]

Ms Keeble: Information on the proportion of new homes built on previously developed land in England is available from the Department's land use change statistics. Between 1997 and 2000, 57 per cent. of new dwellings were built on previously developed land (including new dwellings provided from the conversion of existing buildings, which account for three percentage points).

Key Worker Housing Grant Scheme

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 19 October 2001, Official Report, column 1367–68W, what the successful bids from (a) local authorities and (b) other bodies under the key worker housing grant scheme involving (i) NHS staff and (ii) social services staff were; and what the amounts were. [11024]

Ms Keeble: The allocation of £230 million Starter Home Initiative funding to 95 schemes was announced on 6 September. This will help around 4,000 nurses and other essential health workers, 2,800 teachers, 900 police, and 300 other key workers including social workers.

The successful bids and the total amount of funding allocated to each bid are shown in the table. The table also indicates which schemes include assistance to health staff and social services staff (see notes to the table).

Area covered by successful bid Successful biddersTotal amount of SHI funding allocated £ million
All London boroughs(3),(4)Keys to the Capital Consortium: Tower Homes, Metropolitan Home Ownership, Notting Hill Home Ownership, Boleyn and Forest Housing95.818
All London boroughsKeys to the Capital Consortium: Tower Homes, Metropolitan Home Ownership, Notting Hill Home Ownership (NHHO), Boleyn and Forest Housing15.312
Hackney(3)Unitary Ltd.1.033
Newham(3),(4)St. George plc (NHHO will manage the scheme)1.400
Hammersmith and Fulham(3)Bush Housing Association0.983
Hammersmith and Fulham(3),(4)St. George plc (NHHO will manage the scheme)1.050
North/West London(3)Peabody Trust3.106
WandsworthWandsworth council (NHHO will manage the scheme)1.380
Brent(3),(4)Northcote Housing Association1.821
Brent(3)Sutherland HA1.139
Ealing(4)Northcote HA1.658
Harrow(3)Northcote HA1.631
Hillingdon NHHO0.168
Hillingdon(3)Airways Housing Group0.180
Hillingdon(3)Northcote HA2.348
Hounslow(3),(4)Northcote HA1.120
Richmond-upon-Thames(3) Bush HA0.965
Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea(3)London Cyrenians Housing0.246
Ealing and HillingdonTaywood Homes Ltd. (scheme will be managed by Genesis Housing Group)0.958
South London(3) Moat HA8.051
Sutton(3) Tower Homes0.345
Lambeth(3) Tower Homes2.520
South East
Bracknell Forest(3),(4)NHHO0.841
Reading(3) Western Challenge0.266
Reading(3),(4)Northcote HA5.052
Slough(3),(4)Northcote HA2.374
West Berkshire(3)Airways Housing Group0.563
Windsor and Maidenhead(3),(4)Maidenhead and District HA1.054
Wokingham(3),(4)Thames Valley HA2.288
Aylesbury ValeNHHO0.444
Chiltern, South Buckinghamshire, Wycombe, Aylesbury(3) Chiltern Hundreds HA6.988
Milton Keynes(3)Midsummer HA0.700
Oxford(3),(4)Pan Oxford Healthcare Partnership (Northcote HA will manage the scheme)1.865
Oxford Northcote HA0.966
Oxfordshire(3),(4)Beacon HA1.666
South Oxfordshire(3)Soha Housing1.499
South Oxfordshire(3) Sovereign HA0.545
Vale of the White Horse(3)Sovereign HA0.436
West Oxfordshire(3) Sovereign HA0.574
Basingstoke(3)Oakfern Housing0.693
Basingstoke(3) Sovereign HA0.754
East HampshireHampshire Voluntary Housing Society0.125
Eastleigh(3) Swaythling HA0.587
Fareham(3)Merlion Housing Group0.875
HampshireHampshire county council (scheme will be managed by Swaythling HA)1.103
Havant Swaythling HA0.381
Rushmoor, Hart(3) Thames Valley HA1.468
Southampton(3),(4)Southampton city council (Swaythling HA will manage the scheme)2.060
Test Valley(3)Swaythling HA0.663
Winchester(3)Hampshire Voluntary Housing Society0.131
Winchester(3)Swaythling HA0.589
Ashford(3)Moat HA0.908
Canterbury(3)Moat HA0.648
Dartford(3)Moat HA0.562
Gravesham(3)Moat HA0.367
Maidstone(3)Hyde HA0.333
Maidstone(3)Town and Country Housing Group0.100
Maidstone(3)Moat HA0.677
Sevenoaks(3)Moat HA1.040
Tonbridge and Malling(3) Moat HA0.876
Tunbridge Wells(3)Town and Country Housing Group0.100
Tunbridge Wells(3)Moat HA0.910
Brighton and Hove(3)Moat HA2.124
Chichester(3),(4) Raglan HA0.116
Crawley(3)Moat HA0.950
East Sussex(3),(4)East Sussex local authorities in conjunction with Moat HA (Moat HA will run the scheme)1.664
Mid Sussex(3)Moat HA0.750
Horsham(3) Moat HA0.781
Epsom and Ewell(3)Mount Green HA0.142
Guildford(3),(4)Guildford borough council0.408
Surrey(3),(4)Thames Valley HA13.472
Mole Valley(3)Mount Green HA0.238
Runnymede(3)Servite Homes0.255
Spelthorne(3)Airways Housing Group0.675
Bedford(3)Bedfordshire Pilgrims HA0.587
Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire(3),(4) Cambridgeshire Employers' Consortium in conjunction with Bedfordshire Pilgrims HA (the HA will manage the scheme)4.826
Hertfordshire(4)Aldwyck HA2.531
HertfordshireRidgehill HA1.495
Welwyn and Hatfield, Stevenage(3)East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust in conjunction with St. Pancras HA (the HA will manage the scheme)1.390
Watford(3)Beacon HA1.479
Basildon(3)Moat HA0.405
Braintree(3)Moat HA0.427
Chelmsford(3)Boleyn and Forest HA0.469
ChelmsfordTaywood Homes (Taywood will work in partnership with Chelmsford borough council to manage the scheme)0.402
Harlow(3) Moat HA0.752
Maldon(3)Moat HA0.548
South West
Bournemouth(3)Western Challenge HA0.517
Bristol/South Gloucestershire(3)Bristol city council and South Gloucestershire in conjunction with Knightstone and Sovereign HAs1.721
Cheltenham(3) Bromford Housing Group0.401
Christchurch(3)Sovereign HA0.182
Cotswold(3)Cotswold district council0.506
Swindon(3)Swindon borough council (Sarsen HA will manage the scheme)1.150

(3) Schemes include assistance to health staff

(4) Schemes include assistance to social services staff

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