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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made since the completion of the consultation process on the implementation of the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 relating to high hedges; and if he will make a statement. 
In the light of the responses to the consultation the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently revising the guidance for local authorities and the Regulations to bring Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 into force. We intend to issue the guidance to local authorities at the same time as we lay the Regulations before Parliament and expect the complaints system to be fully operational early in 2005.
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Ms Buck: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many shared ownership properties were sold in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea in each year since 1997; and how many of those properties were purchased by someone (a) already in social housing in that area, (b) on the single housing register in that area and (c) a key worker. 
It should be noted that figures on the number of key workers that bought shared ownership properties during the period 199798 to 200304 are not available. This is because the purchaser's occupation was not collected as part of CORE Sales during this period.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless households were in temporary accommodation in Shrewsbury and Atcham (a) in May 1997, (b) in June 2001 and (c) at the latest available figures. 
Keith Hill: Local authorities report their activities under homelessness legislation quarterly, and this includes the number of homeless households in various forms of temporary accommodation as on the last day of the quarter. Information reported by Shrewsbury and Atcham DC is tabled as follows. At the 30 June 2004, 70 per cent. of households were accommodated in stock owned by a Registered Social Landlord; and 29 per cent. were in hostel accommodation. There was only one household in B&B type accommodation.
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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which authorities have decided their stock options appraisal in favour of (a) stock transfer, (b) arm's length management organisation, (c) private finance initiative and (d) stock retention by the council; how many homes each authority has in each case; which authorities have yet to advise his Office of their intentions; and how many homes they own in each case. 
Keith Hill: The tables made available in the Library of the House show what options each of the 233 authorities that owned stock at 1 of April 2004 have chosen in order to meet the decent homes target. Prior to this date 131 had authorities transferred their stock. Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is never a whole stock solution and so authorities that have chosen PFI for part of their stock are listed separately. Some authorities have more than one PFI scheme.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total amount spent over the last two years by councils in (a) consultancy fees, (b) other fees, (c) information, (d) videos and (e) other ways in ballots for large-scale voluntary transfers or arm's length management organisations (ALMOs); what proportion of this sum was accounted for by funding provided to councils by his Department; how much was charged to successful registered social landlords and ALMOs; and how much was lost in unsuccessful ballots. 
Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not collect information on the amount spent by local authorities on activities in preparation for ballots for large scale voluntary transfers or arms length management organisations. It is up to individual authorities to decide how much they will spend on these activities.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the amount of private capital brought into social housing by large-scale voluntary transfers in each of the last four available years. 
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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list local authorities that have transferred their housing stock to a registered social landlord, giving in each case (a) the date of the ballot and (b) the percentage for and against transfer. 
Keith Hill: The details of local authorities who have transferred their housing stock to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), the date of transfer and the percentage of tenants who voted in favour and against has been made available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average amount spent renovating a property in each of the Pathfinder areas in England was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Keith Hill: The information requested is not available. Information about the average dwelling costs for elements of market renewal Pathfinders' programmesincluding refurbishmentwill be collected annually. Data for the year ending 31 March 2005 will be submitted by 15 July.
Tony Cunningham: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to postpone changes to the local government pension scheme until after the consultation for a new scheme to be introduced in April 2008 has been completed. 
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