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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library preliminary (a) analysis, (b) studies and (c) estimates conducted before the announcement of the revaluation postponement by (i) his Office and (ii) the Valuation Office Agency on the distribution and number of gainers and losers from the council tax revaluation in England. 
Investing £1.4 million over three years to develop a new national domestic violence helpline (0808 2000 247) supported by UKRefugesonline an internet based UK wide database of domestic violence services.
Providing £200,000 in 200506 for the development of minimum service standards for the Women's Aid network of domestic violence services, a programme of accredited training and support the regional network of women's refuges.
Introducing a substantially revised domestic violence Best Value Performance Indicator from 1 April 2005, the purpose of which is to assess overall provision and effectiveness of local authority services designed to help victims of domestic violence.
Establishing the Supporting People programme from 1 April 2003, providing a more strategic basis for funding and commissioning housing related support services for victims of domestic violence. A consultation seeking views on the future direction of the programme will be launched shortly and will be a vehicle for improving services for those fleeing domestic violence.
Yvette Cooper: The energy efficiency provisions in Part L of the Building Regulations apply whenever buildings, including community buildings, are constructed, altered, extended or subjected to a material change of use. In September the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced further improvements to these energy efficiency requirements that will come into effect next April.
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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government have made to targets for reducing the number of (a) accidental fire-related deaths in the home and (b) deliberate fires since 1997. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government made changes to the Service Level Agreement Targets covering the period 199899 to 2010 when we introduced a Public Service Agreement (PSA) Target for the Fire and Rescue Service in April 2005.
To reduce the incidence of accidental fire-related deaths in the home by 20 per cent. averaged over the five-year period to March 2004 compared with the average recorded in the five year period to March 1999,"
Yvette Cooper: The draft regulations specifying the contents of the home information pack were published for public comment on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website on 31 October. The proposed required documents are listed in Regulation 8
Yvette Cooper: The intention of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is to introduce home information packs early in 2007, and we are discussing with our key stakeholders how best this can be achieved.
Yvette Cooper: The Housing Corporation is currently considering bids from registered social landlords and others to support the increased provision of both social rented and low cost home ownership products over 200608. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister expects (subject to satisfactory bids coming forward) that some £424 million of grant will be allocated to bids in rural areas. The results of the bidding round will be announced in early 2006.
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister intends to publish by the end of this year a draft new Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) for consultation. Final PPS3 will be published as soon as practicable after the consultation period has closed.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) studio and one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d) four-bed units of social housing there were in each London local authority in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2005. 
For 1980 and 1990, information on registered social landlord housing stock or local authority stock by size for each London borough is not held centrally. The information for 2000 and 2005 for those properties for which a breakdown is available is given as follows.
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|One bedroom and bedsits||Two bedrooms||Three or more bedrooms|
|Barking and Dagenham||6,364||10,666||8,383|
|City of London||1,154||687||466|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||10,227||7,597||5,931|
|Kensington and Chelsea||8,998||5,819||3,551|
|Kingston upon Thames||2,531||2,230||1,669|
|Bedsit||One bedroom||Two bedrooms||Three bedrooms||Four or more bedrooms|
|Barking and Dagenham||476||5,047||9,496||7,237||288|
|City of London||429||600||612||407||19|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||1,102||8,531||7,638||4,575||1,338|
|Kensington and Chelsea||2,084||5,976||5,757||2,894||657|
|Kingston upon Thames||489||1,846||2,312||1,522||145|
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households (a) made a homelessness application and (b) were accepted as homeless in each London local authority in (i) 1990, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 200405. 
The available information is given in the following table. This presents information reported by each London borough on the number of households about whom a decision regarding their homelessness application was made, and the number of these accepted
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which were accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and consequently owed a main homelessness duty.
The duty owed by the local authority is to secure suitable accommodation. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available. As an alternative to the provision of temporary accommodation some authorities arrange for households to remain in their current accommodation (homeless at home), until a settled solution becomes available.
|1990||2000||April 2004 to March 2005|
|Total||of which||Total||of which||Total||of which|
|Barking and Dagenham||477||146||389||278||1,593||775|
|City of London||26||15||26||24||44||31|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||(58)||(58)||1,600||973||1,284||653|
|Kensington and Chelsea||(58)||(58)||1,195||612||1,267||589|
|Kingston upon Thames||985||328||1,065||400||(58)||(58)|
|Richmond upon Thames||(58)||(58)||594||321||488||279|
Yvette Cooper: Information about local authorities' activities under homelessness legislation, including the number of households in temporary accommodation in each local authority and London borough as at the end of September, will be available from the Statistical Release on statutory homelessness for the third quarter of 2005 to be published on 12 December.
Results for the second quarter of 2005, including the number of households in temporary accommodation as at the end of June, were presented in Supplementary Tables to Statistical Release published on 12 September. Information as reported by London boroughs is in the following table:
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|Barking and Dagenham||488|
|City of London||31|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||1,791|
|Kensington and Chelsea||1,238|
|Kingston upon Thames||735|
|Richmond upon Thames||439|
|All London boroughs(60)||62,640|
Mr. Hands: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Notting Hill Housing Trust as a provider of affordable housing over the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Housing Corporation assesses the performance of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) against the Regulatory Code and publishes its findings in the Housing Corporation Assessment (HCA). The Audit Commission inspects and reports on an RSL's service delivery. The most recent HCA for Notting Hill Housing Group was published in May 2005 and confirms satisfactory performance in all areas. The Audit Commission published the report of its May 2005 inspection of service delivery at Notting Hill Housing Trust in August 2005, and concluded that the Trust provided a fair service that has excellent prospects for improvement.
|Data as at:||North East Lincolnshire||North Lincolnshire|
|1 November 2000||2,890||3,361|
|1 November 2001||3,001||3,020|
|16 October 2002||2,628||2,522|
|16 October 2003||2,689||2,143|
|11 October 2004||2,727||2,035|
The data are as reported on CTB1 and CTB1S forms submitted by billing authorities to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister each year. The figure includes both long-term and short-term empty properties.
EcoHomes is a commercially available environmental assessment system so it is not appropriate to specify that all new houses be built to this system. However, Government agencies are the main users of the EcoHomes system. The Housing Corporation currently require all publicly funded social
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housing to be designed to meet the 'Good' standard. The English Partnerships Millennium Communities and Design for Manufacture Programmes specify the 'Very Good' standard. Statutory requirements for all new house construction are set out in the Building Regulations and we have announced improvements to minimum energy efficiency requirements that will come into effect next April.
Yvette Cooper: The East of England Plan, which is currently being tested through an Examination in Public, will determine how many homes should be built in Hertfordshire taking into account the availability of previously developed land.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 760W to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field), on housing, what assessment he has made of the impact of the right-to-buy on the number of households on Bolton's housing waiting list. 
Local authorities in England report the numbers 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.
Yvette Cooper: The Milton Keynes and South Midlands (MKSM) Sub-Regional Strategy states that Milton Keynes should accommodate an additional 44,900 dwellings over the period 200121, of which 30 per cent. should be affordable. This follows the recommendations of the independent Panel which conducted a Public Examination into the Strategy.
Yvette Cooper: The release of vacant space over shops and commercial premises has a part to play in meeting housing supply demands and in reviving town centre living. There are however a number of barriers preventing much of this potential from being realised, including the complex ownership patterns in high street property. We are considering a number of ways in which these barriers might be overcome, and we will announce how we intend to take this forward in due course.
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