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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the referendum results were for the two questions asked in the north east regional assembly referendum in each local authority area in the north east. 
Yvette Cooper: The full results of the two questions asked in the referendum on the establishment of an elected regional assembly in the north east are available on the Electoral Commission website http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/election- data/index.cfm?epage =q&frmElectionID=4.
|Nuneaton and Bedworth||1,149.000||1,180.000|
|Shrewsbury and Atcham||849.000||850.000|
|Telford and Wrekin||1,141.600||1,067.000|
Yvette Cooper: The time scale for the revision and adoption of a Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) is outlined under PPS11 as being approximately two years and six months to three years (between 30 to 35 months).
Please note that the above data should not be used for the purpose of calculating year-on-year changes. This is because the data are not comparable year-on-year due to changes in the funding and function of services.
Yvette Cooper: The most recent estimate, as at June 2004, showed there were 508 people sleeping rough in England on any single night. Street counts showed four rough sleepers in Peterborough and three in Cambridge. Other local authorities in Cambridgeshire had not conducted recent street counts. East Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire estimated rough sleeper levels of between 010 and Fenland did not submit an estimate.
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has been carefully considering the responses to the consultation document on satellite dishes and other antennas in the context of the Government's plans for the rollout of digital television and broadband internet services. We will be announcing the outcome of the review in the autumn.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which registered social landlords (RSLs) who have taken over council housing stock have subsequently been (a) taken over by and (b) merged with other RSLs; and how many homes have been affected in each case. 
Yvette Cooper: On 18 May 2005 the First Secretary of State gave his consent under section 133 of the Housing Act 1988, after consulting the Housing Corporation, to the transfer of 2,553 dwellings from Hart Housing Association Ltd. to Oakfern Housing Association Ltd., both of which are members of Sentinel Housing Group Ltd. Residents of Hart Housing Association Ltd. and Oakfern Housing Association Ltd. were consulted about the proposals prior to consent being given.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities in England since May 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; which authorities have yet to advise his Office of their intentions; and how many homes they own in each case. 
Alan Simpson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much spending has been allocated to improving heating and insulation standards in social housing in each year since 2000, by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords; and if he will express this spending as a percentage of all social landlord expenditure on remedial work to the housing stock. 
Yvette Cooper: Data are only available for local authorities and are set out in the following table. The figures show what local authorities have spent/plan to spend on improving heating and insulation.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost for each member of the social housing task force was in the last year for which figures are available; what contribution (a) councils considering transfer and (b) the private sector makes to its costs; and what assessment he has made of the effects on the private sector of the task force. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how he proposes to allow tenants of housing associations to buy a share in the property; and whether this right will be extended to tenants of private landlords. 
Yvette Cooper: The Government's proposals for a new Social HomeBuy scheme for social tenants were set out in the consultation document HomeBuyExpanding the Opportunity to Own". Copies of the document are available from the Library of the House. The consultation period closed on 24 June 2005 and we are currently considering the responses.
Yvette Cooper: None. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister consulted on the arrangements for gap funding prior to their introduction. On introduction there were no qualifying performance requirements for registered social landlords to receive gap funding.
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