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Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Gateshead, East and Washington, West constituency, the effects in Gatehead, East and Washington, West of changes to his Department's policies since 1997. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Along with other Government Departments, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is committed to improving the lives of people across the whole of the UK. For example, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is determined that everyone should have the opportunity to have a decent home, and since 1997 we have reduced the number of non-decent homes nationally by one million.
For example, over the period 200106 Gateshead has received £19.7 million of neighbourhood renewal fund (NRF) resources to help the local authority, in collaboration with the local strategic partnership, improve services in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the area.
Gateshead will get the safer and stronger communities fund cleaner safer greener element worth £2.1 million over the next two years (200607 and 200708). It will also get the neighbourhood element worth £1.6 million.
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More broadly, since 1997 the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has been able to increase the total amount of Government grant given to local authorities by £22.6 billion. This is a 33 per cent. increase in real terms. Gateshead local authority has received an average annual increase in formula grant since 1997 of 4.2 per cent.
The neighbourhood statistics service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at
Yvette Cooper: The Design for Manufacture competition is being run by English Partnerships on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. English Partnerships is currently evaluating bids from developers for Stage 3 of the Competition. Final development proposals and planning applications for each site will determine the mix of housing types, sale prices and community facilities.
Final sales prices will be determined by the developers on a site-by-site basis to accord with local supply and demand. English Partnerships and the ODPM will not determine the sales prices. It is anticipated that there will be a mix of tenure on each site, with some homes being available under shared equity for first time buyers.
Mr. Woolas: Currently, whether a mayoral form of governance is adopted by a local authority is a matter of local choice. The vibrant local leadership discussion document covered the issue of directly-elected mayors and consideration will be given to any responses to that document in due course.
[holding answer 28 October 2005]: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement made on 27 October 2005 about the review of disabled facilities grant, Official Report, column 14WS.
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Mr. Francois: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made, in terms of (a) headcount reductions and (b) cost savings, in achieving the efficiency objectives set for the Department by the Gershon review. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Progress on both headcount reductions in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Central), Government Offices for the Regions and ODPM's executive agencies and on cost savings was reported in the ODPM Departmental Annual Report, 2004. Further progress will be reported in the Autumn Performance Reports, which will include figures for headcount reduction in NDPBs as well as the core Department and at aggregate level in the pre-Budget report.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brent East (Sarah Teather) of 14 October 2005, Official Report, column 613W, on housing as a result of section 106 agreements, if he will break down the figures for each year by local authority. 
Yvette Cooper: A table showing the number of dwellings built as a result of section 106 agreements in each local authority in England, in each year from 200001 to 200304, has been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 20 October 2005, Official Report, column 1140W, on housing, if he will update Table A to include the number of households on the housing register per thousand people in each local authority. 
Local authorities in England report the number of households on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. Local authorities sometimes maintain a common waiting list with the housing association/s in their district. However, information is not held centrally where a housing association maintains a separate waiting list to the local authority.
|Local authority||Region||Number of households in the housing register||As a percentage of total households|
|1||Sheffield||Yorkshire and the Humber||72,604||33|
|2||Bradford||Yorkshire and the Humber||32,046||17|
|3||Leeds||Yorkshire and the Humber||30,699||10|
|17||Rotherham||Yorkshire and the Humber||13,903||13|
|19||Newcastle upon Tyne||North East||13,099||11|
|20||East Riding of Yorkshire||Yorkshire and the Humber||12,163||9|
|22||Doncaster||Yorkshire and the Humber||11,937||10|
According to the latest results from the Survey of English Housing (SEH), some 560,000 households in England (2.7 per cent.) did not meet the
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bedroom standard in 200405. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister estimates that 14,000 households do not meet the statutory overcrowding standards in the Housing Act 1985.
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