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Ms Keeble: The number of council dwellings built has been falling for many years. Of the 354 local authorities, only 48 reported completing any council dwellings since April 1997. These are given in the following table. These figures are based on monthly numbers reported by local authorities and have not been adjusted for incomplete returns. Figures for the number of dwellings completed each year are published in the Department's Local Housing Statistics.
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|Local authority||Council dwellings built|
|Reigate and Banstead||2|
Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what safeguards have been put in place to ensure that tenants in supported housing, whose support costs are met in full by housing benefits, will continue to have these costs met in full from April 2003 under the provisions of Supporting People. 
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empty homes there were in (a) rural areas by region and (b) England by region in each of the last 10 years. 
Ms Keeble [holding answer 16 May 2002]: The number of local authority (LA) and registered social landlord (RSL) empty homes in (a) rural areas by region and (b) England by region in each of the last ten years are set out in the following tables:
|Yorkshire and Humberside||1,100||1,400||1,100||1,000||800||600||600||600||700||600|
|East of England||1,300||1,500||1,500||1,500||1,500||1,600||1,200||1,300||1,700||1,200|
(29) Figures for 1993 are unusually high due to many dwellings bought by RSLs towards the end of the financial year (199293) under the Housing Market Package.
|Yorkshire and Humberside||17,500||17,800||16,600||15,300||14,200||11,800||10,000||10,100||9,900||9,200|
|East of England||5,600||5,900||5,900||5,600||6,000||5,800||5,300||5,400||6,500||4,800|
(30) Figures for 1993 are unusually high due to many dwellings bought by RSLs towards the end of the financial year (199293) under the Housing Market Package.
Figures rounded to the nearest 100
For Table 1 and Table 2: DTLR's annual Housing Investment Programme (HIP) returns and the Housing Corporation's annual HAR 10 and Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR)
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the local housing authorities who have transferred their council house stock to date to alternative landlords and give in each case (a) the grant from Government to write off debt, (b) the total cost to the local authority in professional fees, (c) other relevant costs of the transfer and (d) the capital receipt. 
Ms Keeble: I have placed in the Libraries of the House lists which show all large scale voluntary transfers completed to date. The details include the four Government one-off payments in transfers where the capital receipt was insufficient to pay off the authority's housing debt, the set up cost for transfer and the capital receipt. Costs to local authorities for professional fees are not held centrally.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what has been included in the Single Capital Pot for road, bridge and street lighting maintenance as part of this year's LTP settlement. 
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was £545 million made up of indicative amounts of £189 million for principal roads, £243 million for non- principal roads, and £113 million for bridges. There was no indicative allocation for street lighting. In addition £10 million was allocated for major maintenance schemes greater than £5 million: this sum is not included in the Single Capital Pot.
It is for local authorities to decide how much capital resource from the Single Capital Pot they will spend on highway maintenance in the light of their priorities for this and the other services they provide.
Ms Keeble: A decision on whether to include an indicative amount for street lighting in the LTP highway maintenance settlement for 200304 has not yet been taken. It would depend upon the total resources available and the progress made in other areas of maintenance. The first targets in the 10 Year Plan for Transport are to stop carriageway deterioration by 2004 and to complete bridge strengthening to carry 40 tonne lorries where necessary.
Provision for street lighting replacement is already made within the Highways Maintenance Standard Spending Assessment for Revenue Support Grant. Local authorities are also free to fund street lighting replacement from the Single Capital Pot which has been introduced in 200203.
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