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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what feasibility study has been carried out into the construction of a new Central line station at Bishopsgate; and what conclusion that study reached. 
Mr. Spellar: This is a matter for London Underground, who advise that no business case could be made for this option. The cost was then estimated at around £50 million. The benefits of a station for users in the Bishopsgate area were largely outweighed by the time penalty which would have resulted for users travelling through.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2001, Official Report, column 20W, on satellite television dishes, if he will make a statement on the process by which he will review planning regulations relating to satellite terminals to determine how current rules could be relaxed to facilitate broadband deployment; and when he plans to announce the result of the review. 
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Ms Keeble: As indicated in our Broadband Strategy, published on 3 December 2001, we shall review planning regulations relating to satellite terminals to determine how current rules could be relaxed to facilitate broadband deployment, while continuing to minimise the environmental and visual impact of residential satellite terminals.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what events (a) he is and (b) other Ministers in his Department are planning to attend as part of the golden jubilee celebrations; and what events his Department is planning to arrange to celebrate the golden jubilee. 
Dr. Whitehead: The Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and other Ministers in his Department will fully support the golden jubilee celebrations, attending official events as invited. The Department has played a full role in supporting the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in making suitable preparations for the golden jubilee programme.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total Government expenditure in each London borough (a) was in each of the past five years and (b) is planned for 200203, broken down into (i) Revenue Support Order Standard spending assessment, (ii) education special projects, (iii) education capital spending, (iv) housing capital spending, (v) Single Regeneration Budget and (vi) crime prevention. 
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the change in annual revenue available for financing investment in Birmingham's council housing if stock transfer goes ahead; and what assumptions he has made in calculating this figure. 
Ms Keeble: This is a matter for Birmingham city council to determine as part of its assessment of investment options. Its 2001 Housing Revenue Account Business Plan suggests that there is a funding shortfall over the 30 year life of the plan of £351 million. The current housing transfer proposal meets the investment needs in full.
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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the (a) location and (b) line where temporary speed restrictions are in force on the railway. 
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what entitlement there is to social housing for British citizens leaving Zimbabwe because of the internal situation in that country. 
Ms Keeble: British citizens returning to the UK from overseas have the same entitlement to local authority housing as citizens already resident provided they are habitually resident in the Common Travel Area (CTA), that is, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Unless resuming a previous period of habitual residence within the CTA, they would need to demonstrate, among other things, that their future centre of interest lay in the UK in order to establish habitual residence. Some local housing authorities currently set additional qualifying criteria.
British citizens returning to the UK from overseas are entitled to apply for social housing held by other registered social landlords (housing associations). They are also eligible to seek assistance from social services authorities under the National Assistance Act 1948 or the Children Act 1989, if necessary.
Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which coach companies have agreed to participate in the national concessionary coach travel scheme for pensioners. 
Ms Keeble: As my hon. Friend will know from my written answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 725W, my Department is currently discussing with representatives of the coach industry implementation of the proposal that concessionary fares for older and disabled passengers should be offered on scheduled long distance coach services in return for those services becoming eligible for fuel duty rebate.
We aim to complete these discussions as soon as possible with the intention, as previously announced, of bringing forward regulations during 200203 to implement this proposal. Until details are finalised, I would not expect any company to confirm participation in these new arrangements. However, my expectation is that the scheme will involve the majority of, if not all, relevant services.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will estimate the (a) lives that would be saved and (b) track worker lives lost over 10 years by the alternative train protection systems under consideration; and if he will give the (i) capital and (ii) running costs of each system. 
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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was (a) the actual and (b) percentage change in the number of council and RSL homes available to let between 199798 and 200001 in each local authority in London. 
Ms Keeble: The number of properties owned by local authorities and registered social landlords which were reported as being vacant and available for letting in each London borough at the start of each year was as follows.
|As at end of year||Change||Change|
|Barking and Dagenham||510||382||-128||-25|
|City of London||14||11||-3||-21|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||287||210||-77||-27|
|Kensington and Chelsea||216||154||-62||-29|
|Kingston upon Thames||80||93||13||16|
|Richmond upon Thames||149||87||-62||-42|
(23) Management vacants are those available for letting immediately, or after completion of only minor repairs.
DTLR annual Housing Investment Programme and Housing Corporation RS returns
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