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national total and (b) totals broken down by Government Office region for the investment required to (i) meet the Decent Homes Standard for council tenants' homes and (ii) clear the backlog of housing investment in council tenants' homes, broken down into (A) repairs and (B) improvements. 
Mr. McNulty: We estimate that at April 2001 there was a backlog of capital works in the council housing sector totalling about #20 billion at 2002 prices #10.5 billion for repairs and #9.5 billion for improvements. About #16.5 billion of this relates to works within the decent home standard and #3.5 billion for works outside the standard (eg environment improvements, security works etc).
These estimates are based on the 1996 English House Condition Survey, rolled forward to give a 2001 position. Regional estimates of the total backlog, based on applying the regional distribution from local authority Housing Revenue Account Business Plans to this national total, are given in the table.
|GO Region||Estimated Backlog at 2001 (2002 Prices)|
|Cost (#mn)||% of Total|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||2,700||14%|
|East of England||1,100||5%|
Components may not sum to total due to rounding
The 2001 English House Condition Survey will provide more up-to-date estimates early in the New Year.
Mr. Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will set out for each year from 199798, and including estimates for 200203, (a) the totals of set-aside housing receipts and (b) the totals of housing basic credits approvals, broken down by Government Office region; 
|Yorkshire & Humber||107,662||84,721||76,174||57,732||64,675|
The estimated national total for 200203 is #2.5bn. No estimates are made of the figure by Government Office region.
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plus the allowance (#199 million in recent years) made for capital funded from authorities' useable receipts) was:
|Yorkshire & Humber||77,015||70,826||201,255||117,701||109,207||77,516|
|East of England||61,066||55,381||142,372||82,762||79,803||56,144|
Ann Winterton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Congleton constituency registering their response to his Department's review of revenue grant distribution; when he expects to announce his decision following his Department's consultation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the objectors to sites SA 22 and 23 in the Shropshire Waste Plan produced by Shropshire County Council; and if he will place copies of the objections in the Library. 
Mr. McNulty: There were 97 objectors to Policy SA 22 and 90 objectors to Policy SA 23 of the Deposit Draft of the Shropshire Waste Local Plan 20022014. It is the responsibility of Shropshire County Council to consider these objections and to take the plan through all its stages. Information on the objectors and the details of each objection are not held in Government. Shropshire County Council intend to place all the objections to this Waste Local Plan on their website, www.shropshire-cc.gov.uk. In the meantime, they can be viewed by prior appointment at the Community and Environment Department, Shropshire County Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury (Telephone: 01743 252595).
Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the steps which he is taking to promote building integrated renewables, with special reference to solar thermal and solar photovoltaics in new housing developments through the planning process. 
Mr. McNulty: We will be issuing a draft Planning Policy Statement note on Renewable Energy and Planning for consultation at the turn of the year. This updated PPS revises PPG22. It will include guidance on including integrated renewables in developments such as housing. Also, through our planning policies for housing we encourage local authorities to adopt policies which promote the energy efficiency of new housing where possible.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2002, Official Report, column 283W, on the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme, if he will commission research into (a) the capacity of seaside and country areas in South East England for an expansion of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme and (b) the likely popularity and take up of the Scheme. 
Mr. McNulty: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is leading in the procurement of a new service to improve mobility, especially labour mobility for social housing tenants, throughout the UK. As part of the procurement of this service (currently going under the working name HEMSHousing and Employment Mobility Services) the operation and extent of the Seaside and Country Homes scheme is being reviewed. We expect to award the HEMS contract in March 2003 and for delivery of the new service to begin in July 2003.
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|County||Location||Bung.||Flat||Total by County|
|Burnham on Crouch||40|
|Clacton on Sea||39|
|Holland on Sea||18|
|Walton on the Naze||68||556|
|Lee on Solent||40|
|Isle of Wight||Cowes||17|
|Westgate on Sea||22||484|
|Weston Super Mare||41|
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