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by region in each of the years 199798 to 200001 were (a) introductory tenancies and (b) lettings made to discharge their duties to homeless households under section 193 of the Housing Act 1996. 
|Yorkshire and The Humber|
|East of England|
Homeless households are households in priority need for whom a statutory duty has been accepted by a local authority under homelessness provisions of Housing Acts. Lettings to these households have been expressed as a percentage of lettings to "new" tenants i.e. excluding transfers and exchanges between existing tenants of social landlords.
DTLR Housing Investment Programme returns (annual)
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Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if there has been an increase in (a) air traffic using and (b) night flights in the corridor five miles either side of Detling Beacon in Kent since 11 September. 
Mr. Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will announce his decisions on the first round of local authorities' bids for additional resources to establish arm's-length housing management companies to improve their housing standards. 
Mr. Byers: We have decided that conditional allocations should be made to the following local authorities sufficient to support capital investment through arm's-length companies on housing improvements in 200203 and 200304 up to the sums indicated:
|Local authority||Conditional allocation|
Final allocations will depend on services delivered by the arm's-length company achieving an excellent rating from the Housing Inspectorate. Exceptionally, for round one only, we are prepared to allocate 50 per cent. of conditional allocations where companies are assessed as good and likely to improve. Authorities will also require the Secretary of State's approval under section 27 of the Housing Act 1985, the granting of which will be subject to the criteria set out in my Department's Guidance last April, including criteria on the responsibilities, constitution and staffing of the arm's-length companies.
We have been unable to accept the bid from Kensington and Chelsea because it did not fully separate strategic and operational responsibilities between the council and the proposed company as required by the arm's-length principle.
Authorities to which we have been unable to make conditional allocations in round one are invited to consider applying again. The closing date for applications in round two is the end of February 2002.
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discretionary grants have been awarded for remedial work to reduce the risk from radon emissions in (a) Devon and (b) England and Wales since 1996; and what has been the total cost. 
Ms Keeble [holding answer 27 November 2001]: The Government have made available to all local housing authorities in England and Wales a single capital pot of £705 million this year for housing capital expenditure purposes. Any discretionary grant given by an authority for radon remedial work will be from this source. We do not have reliable centrally collected figures on the number of such discretionary grants for this or earlier years.
Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 423W, on rural public transport, if he will list (a) the local authorities that have received local transport capital funding, (b) the organisations that received central Government funding from the Rural Bus Challenge and (c) the organisations that received support from the Rail Passenger Partnership in 200102. 
Ms Keeble: All local highway authorities in England (outside London) are allocated funding annually for local transport capital investment through the Local Transport Plan process. The allocation of the £1.36 billion capital funding made available for local transport in 200102 was announced in December 2000.
Redcar and Cleveland
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Tyne and Wear
Anglia Service Improvement Package
Brentford Station Improvements
Taff Corridor Rolling Stock
Thornaby Station Facilities
Additional Class 333 trailer vehicles
Clitheroe and Blackburn Rail Services
Swanage Rail Services
Haverfordwest Station Improvements
Burnham-on-Crouch Station Refurbishment
Heart of Wales Rail Services
Hexham-Carlisle Passenger Information
Waterbeach Station Facilities
Redruth Station Refurbishment
Tamar Valley (Winter Sunday Service)
Tees Valley Cycle Spaces
Liskeard Station Refurbishment
Southminster Branch Line
FGE Cycle Spaces
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