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Mrs. Calton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has (a) to increase the supply of affordable housing in areas of shortage and (b) to make changes to reduce the loss of housing stock through the Right to Buy. 
Mr. McNulty: In his statement to the House about sustainable communities on 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 438, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister promised to return to the House with a comprehensive long-term programme of action to tackle a number of housing and planning issues in order to deliver a step change in the Government's policies for building successful, thriving and inclusive communities in all regions. The statement, which will be made shortly, will set out how the additional funding announced in the 2002 spending review will be used and what it will buy over the three years up to 200506. It will cover the provision of affordable housing in areas of shortage.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is concerned about some aspects of the way in which the Right to Buy is operating, and about exploitation of the rules, and is looking at ways of addressing this.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless people, broken down by local authority, have been placed in hotel annexes of self-contained accommodation where meals were not provided in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Mrs. Roche: Information distinguishing the number of households accommodated in self-contained hotel annexes has only been collected since March 2002 (previously, local authorities recorded such accommodation either as bed and breakfast or as private sector accommodation). These annexes are not necessarily directly attached to a hotel, and meals may or may not be provided, but the household has exclusive use of all facilities.
Information on households in such accommodation confirmed, or not reported, by local authorities in England at the end of each quarter since March 2002 is presented in the table; authorities not listed reported nil returns.
|30 March||30 June||30 September|
|Barking and Dagenham||1||0||0|
|City of London||13||12||12|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||0||(16)||0|
|Epsom and Ewell||0||0||1|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||(16)||0||0|
|Kensington and Chelsea||0||294||349|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||0||(16)||(16)|
|Richmond upon Thames||1||21||18|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||1||0||0|
(16) Not reported
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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which of the top 44 authorities have indicated that they anticipate meeting the commitment that no homeless family with children will live in bed and breakfast accommodation by March 2003, as stated in Issue No 5 of the Bed and Breakfast Unit Newsletter. 
Mrs. Roche: The Government have made a clear commitment that by March 2004 no local authority should place a homeless family with children in Bed and Breakfast accommodation other than in an emergency, and even then for no more than six weeks. In April 44 of the highest using B&B authorities were required to produce bed and breakfast action plans detailing how they would meet the commitment by March 2004. Some authorities set out ambitious plans to meet the commitment a year early in March 2003, 10 currently appear on target to do so:
Mr. Love: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what evaluation has been undertaken of the implementation by local housing authorities of the Homelessness Act 2002 and associated statutory instruments; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. Roche: The Homelessness (Priority Need for Accommodation) (England) Order 2002 (si 2002/2051), made under the Housing Act 1996, and the main homelessness provisions of the Homelessness Act 2002 came into force on 31 July 2002. The Homelessness Directorate within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is monitoring implementation of the new provisions, including local housing authorities' progress in carrying out a homelessness review in their district and preparing a homelessness strategy for adoption and publication by 30 July 2003. In addition, local housing authorities have been asked to submit a statement to the directorate indicating how they propose to spend their share of #10 million, allocated by the directorate in 200203, to assist with the cost of implementing the Homelessness Priority Need Order. The provisions of the 2002 Act which amend part 6 of the Housing Act 1996 (allocation of housing) will not come into force until 31 January 2003.
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