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Yvette Cooper: An estimated 28 per cent. of council housing stock in Leeds has been sold through the Right to Buy scheme since 1980. Information concerning the type of dwelling is not available. Constituency level data are not held centrally. The numbers of Leeds council dwellings sold each year since 1980 through the Right to Buy scheme, as reported by Leeds are tabulated as follows.
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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 7 December 2005]: Local authorities are required to have strategies in place for ensuring that accommodation and support are available for people who become homeless or are at risk of homelessness. In areas with significant rough sleeping problems there are more detailed plans and arrangements for additional provision in severe weather. Usual practice is that such additional provision should be triggered by a Met Office forecast of zero degrees Celsius or lower for three consecutive nights.
Yvette Cooper: Government policy is to seek to reduce the reliance on the private car by promoting alternative forms of transport, such as public transport, walking and cycling. Planning guidance is given in Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 13 Transport". This says walking is the most important mode of travel at the local level and offers the greatest potential to replace short car trips". Local authorities should consider walking within their local transport plans, which in turn inform local development frameworks (LDF). With reference to town centres, Planning for Town Centres, Guidance on Design and Implementation tools", which accompanies Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 6 Planning for town centres", states that local authorities should seek to improve the quality, convenience and safety of access on foot, by bicycle and public transport. It advises that further guidance is given in Walking and Cycling Action Plan" (DfT, TINF391).
There is no national assessment of the planning implications of the promotion of walking but PPS1 Delivering Sustainable Development" makes it clear that planning authorities should ensure their plans and policies are properly based on analysis and evidence.
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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Department for Regional Development Road Service works on the A26 to conclude; and what the expected final cost is. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding when he expects the Department for Regional Development Roads Service works on the A26 to conclude, and what the expected final cost is. I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service.
Current work on the A26 at Ballynaloob between Ballymena and Ballymoney involves the construction of a 2+1" carriageway to create a safe overtaking opportunity for Ballymoney bound traffic, starting at Dunloy crossroads and continuing for some 1.6 kilometres towards Ballymoney. This is part of our programme to improve overtaking opportunities on single carriageways by widening of stretches to provide two lanes of traffic in one direction and one lane in the other.
It is proposed to open the A26 at Ballynaloob to two-way traffic by 23 December 2005. However, finishing-off works including hedge and tree planting will continue for a few months after Christmas but most of this will be undertaken without the need for a diversion. The total cost for both schemes is expected to be £3.3 million.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding when he expects the dualling of the A6 between Londonderry and Dungiven to (a) commence and (b) be concluded. 38340
Roads Service commissioned consultants in April 2005 to identify a corridor for the future dualling of the A6 between Castledawson and Londonderry. It is envisaged that this study will be completed in spring 2006 when the development of the scheme will move to a more detailed phase (Stage 2 Assessment) and public consultation process.
As announced by the Secretary of State, on 13 December 2005, it is hoped that the scheme will commence on site in the latter half of the Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan 2015 period.
At this preliminary stage of scheme development, it is not possible to predict with any degree of accuracy how long this scheme, given its magnitude, would take to construct. We will advise you of likely construction duration when we are in a better position to assess it with reasonable confidence.
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