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Right to Buy

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications have been submitted for right to buy for local authority dwellings in each English local authority since 1997. [207991]

Keith Hill: Annual figures on council right to buy applications from 1997–98 to 2000–01 as reported by local authorities are available from the Local Housing Statistics publication series (Tables 3a (1998–99) and 3b (1997–98) from Issue no. 128 (1998–99), Table 3 from Issue no. 129 (1999–2000) and Issue no. 130 (2000–01).

The figures for 1999–2000 to 2002–03 are available from the housing statistics section on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's internet site.

The web link for 1999–2000 to 2001–02 information is hcst?n=1680&l=4 [Housing-Housing Statistics-Publications-Local Housing Statistics-Annual Statistics].

The web link for 2002–03 information is [Housing-Housing Statistics-Live Tables-Social Housing Sales-Table no 648].

Social Housing

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the total number of (a) social housing units for rent and (b) low cost home ownership units that will be built or acquired (i) with Housing Corporation social housing grant, (ii) with transitional local authority social housing grant and (iii) without public subsidy in 2004–05. [204926]

Keith Hill: The following table sets out the forecast number of units to be provided in 2004–05 for rent and low cost home ownership with funding from the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme (ADP), transitional local authority social housing grant (LASHG). It also shows the Department's current estimates of the units which could be provided without public subsidy.
RentLow cost home ownership
Without public subsidy1,2002,600

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Where schemes are joint funded with ADP and transitional LASHG these units are recorded against the ADP line.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what his policy is towards the findings of the Barker Review regarding the number of additional new social housing dwellings that need to be provided each year in the UK; [208388]

(2) if he will set a target for the proportion of new homes to be provided in the Sustainable Communities Plan that will be social housing. [208390]

Keith Hill: My right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor, in their initial response to Kate Barker's report in March 2004, accepted the case for increased investment in social housing and undertook to address this in the 2004 Spending Review.

The funding provided in the Spending Review 2004 is planned, along with efficiency improvements, to produce 75,000 social rented homes and 40,000 homes for essential public sector workers and low cost home ownership over the three years to 2007–08.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not set targets at local level. The Government believe that local authorities are best placed to carry out local housing needs assessments. The Government's policy on planning and affordable housing is clearly set out in planning policy guidance, which provides a strong framework for the provision of affordable housing and requires local authorities to undertake local housing needs assessments and formulate development plan policies to meet the community's needs for housing, including an element of affordable housing on suitable sites.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what systems he is putting in place to monitor the delivery of planned improvements to properties transferred under (a) large scale voluntary transfer, (b) arms length management organisations and (c) private finance initiative schemes. [208392]

Keith Hill: The arms length management organisations (ALMO), large scale voluntary transfer (LSVT) and private finance initiatives (PFI) for housing revenue account (HRA) housing programmes are intended to achieve the Government's decent homes PSA 7 target by December 2010 and to deliver wider improvements to social housing stock and services. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be tracking progress against the decent homes target through local authority, ALMO and registered social landlord (RSL) monitoring returns and the English house condition survey (EHCS).

In addition, each programme has its own monitoring and evaluation system to track annual progress and provide longer-term assessments of the outcomes and value for money of the different programmes. The monitoring and evaluation systems apply to LSVTs from the 2001 programme onwards, all ALMO rounds, and all PFI for housing revenue account schemes. The systems collect a range of data to track progress towards the decent homes target, delivery of promises to tenants, tenant satisfaction, delivery of housing services, and linkages to wider estate and area regeneration. Where
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possible, these systems are based on data that is already collected by individual schemes to reduce the burden of further data collection.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) registered social landlord dwellings and (b) local authority dwellings there were in England in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available. [208649]

Keith Hill: The latest available figures are tabled as follows:
Number of dwellings in England at 31 March

(a) registered social landlord9851,621
(b) local authority3,4012,457

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the amount of local authority housing stock which will be transferred in each of the next five years. [208689]

Keith Hill: All local authorities are required to complete by July 2005 an options appraisal for the delivery of decent homes within their housing stock by 2010. This process will identify the most appropriate route, which may be to pursue a housing transfer. Based on recent trends it is estimated that this may bring forward between 50,000 and 150,000 dwellings transferring annually up to 2007–08. This number should then reduce annually as decent home delivery vehicles are put in place.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the eligibility requirements of local authority tenants for the right to buy; and how the discount is calculated. [208657]

Keith Hill: The information requested has been made available in the Library of the House.

Stolen Property

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the property belonging to his Office that has (a) been stolen and (b) been reported lost in each year since 1997, broken down by type of article. [206366]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Unitary Local Government

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to introduce unitary local government in England. [207915]

Mr. Raynsford: At present there are no plans to reorganise local government in England—the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is however aware of the debate about unitary local government that is going on and will listen carefully to this.
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Local Improvement Finance Trust

11. Mr. Bailey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the recent progress of the NHS local improvement finance trust (LIFT) programme. [208911]

Dr. Ladyman: There are now 51 NHS Local improvement Finance Trusts (LIFT) across the country, with four buildings open to patients in East London and Barnsley. I am pleased to report that the first LIFT building in my hon. Friend's constituency is due to open in February.

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