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Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been refused permission to leave the United Kingdom to attend the World cup football matches in view of their possible involvement with violence. 
Mr. McNulty: There are 29 local authorities on the 200102 housing stock transfer programme. A total of 227,228 votes have been cast in tenants' ballots, with 132,567 voting for and 94,661 voting against transfer. 24 authorities hope to transfer as part of the 200203 programme. There has been one tenants' ballot so far, in which 3,038 tenants voted, with 1,721 voting for and 1,317 voting against transfer.
Bob Spink: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on eradicating bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless people; if this will exclude the use of hotel accommodation; and when full implementation will be achieved. 
Mr. McNulty: In March this year the then Secretary of State announced a £35 million programme to ensure that by March 2004 no homeless family with children is in a bed and breakfast hotel for more than six weeks. High using local authorities have submitted action plans showing how they will reduce numbers and length of stay for homeless families with children, including the applications resources to support them. These are currently under consideration and it is expected that announcements will be made shortly.
Bob Spink: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will give special financial assistance to Castle Point borough council to meet its statutory responsibility for statutory homelessness in the borough; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: In responding to the March 2002 report "More than a roof", the Government announced that they would allocate £125 million in 200203 to tackle homelessness. The Government have already provided local authorities with an additional £8 million per annum in Revenue Support Grant to help them meet their new statutory obligations under the Homelessness Act 2002.
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All housing authorities will also receive a share of an additional £10 million in 200203 to enable them to deliver our proposed Order to extend the priority need groups under part VII of the Housing Act 1996.
On 14 March 2002, authorities were invited to submit proposals to the new Homelessness Directorate in my Department for funding for local homelessness strategies. These are being considered at the moment.
In December 2001 the e-Minister and e-envoy published the second Annual UK Online report detailing progress made towards meeting this objective. This report is available on the office of the e-envoy's websitehttp://www.e-envoy.gov.uk.
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he is making in implementing recommendations of the Park Homes working party which do not require legislation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The Government have, in the last two years, issued good practice guidance to local authorities on harassment and illegal eviction, and site licensing. Research is planned to review the model standards on which site licences are based, and consultation on this is likely.
We are closely consulting with bodies representing home owners and park owners on such matters as amending the industry's voluntary written statement to clarify and improve the terms of agreements between home owners and park owners.
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to change the regime of permitted development rights in so far as they affect the activities of the Land Access and Recreation Forum; and if he will make a statement; 
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Mr. McNulty: The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) published research on 12 September 2001 on the impact of provisions relating to the temporary use of land, including land used for motorsports and game and clay pigeon shooting. It addressed matters such as impact on local amenity and the environment, for example in terms of litter, noise and relationships with other land uses in the area.
On 24 January 2002 DTLR issued a consultation paper on possible options for change to the current temporary use provisions. The paper put forward six options for change as well as inviting proposals for alternative options. The closing date for responses was 24 April 2002. Responses are currently being analysed. The views of all those who responded will be considered before any decisions are made on the future of the temporary use provisions.
Mr. Raynsford: The statute requires that copies of the register of members interests be kept available at an office of the authority for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable hours, and that the authority must publicise the address at which the register is kept and inform the Standards Board for England that such copies are available. Informal advice on conduct issues, including on where additional copies of the register may be kept by parish councils, is given in the new ethical framework bulletins, which until April were published by the Department and are now the responsibility of the Standards Board.
Mr. McNulty: As indicated when the deal agreed between English Partnerships and Meridian Delta Ltd. and Anshutz Entertainment Group was announced on 29 May, the expected value of the deal to English Partnerships is up to £550 million cash, over the whole period of the deal up to 2025, or around £240 million net present value, assuming the full scheme is developed.
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