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Fire Services

Peter Viggers: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what factors relating specifically to fire control led the Government to decide that the south east regional government area is the most appropriate area to be controlled from a single fire control centre. [47995]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The report The Future of Fire and Rescue Control Rooms in England and Wales: Update 2003" by consultants Mott McDonald concluded that a regional approach is the optimal way of delivering fire and rescue control services. Government office for the regions boundaries have been chosen because they help maximise benefits and simplify issues such as funding, ownership and accountability. A further benefit is that the regional resilience teams, with whom the control centres will work, follow the same boundaries.

John Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures have been taken by his Department to incorporate the proposed housing expansion and
 
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development within the Buckingham constituency into the new Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority budget. [47759]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Local Government Finance Settlement for 2006–07 and 2007–08 that was laid before the House by my hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government on 31 January 2006 took account of projected population growth in each authority's area. This grant combined with council tax, specific grants and reserves determine the annual budget of an authority.

However, the population projections do not take into account events that have not yet occurred, such as population change as a result of proposed housing expansion, as these are affected by future policy changes or local decisions. There is no additional specific grant available to fire and rescue authorities relating to housing expansion.

Gershon Efficiency Submissions

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will deposit in the Library a copy of the Gershon efficiency submission from each (a) local, (b) police and (c) fire authority in England. [47144]

Mr. Woolas: Annual Efficiency Statements from each local authority are already in the public domain on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/index.asp?id=l134484. The 43 territorial police forces in England and Wales publish information about their efficiency plans in their annual policing plans. All English fire and rescue authorities have provided Annual Efficiency Statements but the figures are provisional and currently subject to revision. These will also be published on the ODPM website in due course.

Housing

Lynne Jones: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) council tenancies, (b) registered social landlord tenancies and (c) private landlord tenancies there were in (i) England, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) Birmingham in each of the last 20 years. [42222]

Yvette Cooper: Information is not collected centrally on the number of tenancies although estimates for social tenancies can be made using stock figures. The number of private tenancies can only be estimated from housing surveys and is not available at local authority level.

Stock figures by local authority district and region are published for the local authority sector for 1994 to 2005 and the registered social landlord sector for 1997 to 2005 on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website in tables 116 and 115 respectively. Figures are also given for England and for the Government Office Regions. The links for these tables are at:


 
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The number of private sector tenancies can be estimated from housing surveys and the estimates for West Midlands and England are tabled as follows. Due to the size of these surveys it is not possible to obtain reliable estimates at local authority level.
West MidlandsEngland (thousand)
1984(25)1381,920
1988(25)1271,702
1991(25)1421,824
1992(26)1381,724
1993(26)1401,833
1994(26)1501,869
1995(26)1721,939
1996(26)(27)1671,995
1997(26)1642,053
1998(26)1592,063
1999(26)1531,998
2000(26)1572,017
2001(26)1672,035
2002(26)1642,112
2003(26)1732,212
2004(26)1852,226
2005(26)1762,385







 
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2 1992 to 2005: ONS Labour Force Survey 3 1996 figures adjusted because of change in methodology

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many hectares of (a) greenfield and (b) brownfield land have been developed in each London borough in each year since 1997; how many new homes have been built in each development; and if he will make a statement; [42635]

(2) what percentage of new housing development in each London borough has been on brownfield land in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [42949]

Yvette Cooper: The available estimates are from Land Use Change Statistics, shown in the following tables. Amounts of land changing to residential uses are shown up to 2003. Estimates of percentages of dwellings on previously-developed land are also shown for 2004 on a provisional basis. Numbers of new dwellings built on all individual developments could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Total numbers of dwellings built in each London borough are published in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Housing Statistics.
(a) Land changing to residential use from greenfield land: 1997–2003: London
Hectares

1997199819992000200120022003Total 1997–2003
City of London00000000
Barking and Dagenham152101110
Barnet30102218
Bexley850018022
Brent005623016
Bromley122213112
Camden00000001
Croydon43000008
Ealing01200306
Enfield112330010
Greenwich251241015
Hackney10200003
Hammersmith and Fulham00000001
Haringey00010001
Harrow00001012
Havering10041049
Hillingdon00114016
Hounslow02201308
Islington10000001
Kensington and Chelsea00000101
Kingston upon Thames03001005
Lambeth40000015
Lewisham20000003
Merton00110003
Newham314122214
Redbridge10161009
Richmond upon Thames01100002
Southwark10000023
Sutton012610010
Tower Hamlets41100107
Waltham Forest01040006
Wandsworth00000000
Westminster01000001
London39332838252813206



Note:
0 means less than 0.5 hectares




 
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(b) Land changing to residential use from brownfield land: 1997–2003: London
Hectares

1997199819992000200120022003Total 1997–2003
City of London00010002
Barking and Dagenham51131173443
Barnet881151851672
Bexley3435510737
Brent4545541036
Bromley106121218211393
Camden632222017
Croydon9974119857
Ealing224233521
Enfield610811227468
Greenwich612121121111588
Hackney11646551046
Hammersmith and Fulham721121016
Haringey522324523
Harrow5143244435
Havering3415114231
Hillingdon118191053459
Hounslow14462710447
Islington633325325
Kensington and Chelsea13110107
Kingston upon Thames9109662243
Lambeth5751166142
Lewisham1034854640
Merton653227127
Newham1175928750
Redbridge7578810450
Richmond upon Thames1555836346
Southwark171249791270
Sutton87384121052
Tower Hamlets161614101241184
Waltham Forest17131511847
Wandsworth9157612241
Westminster872645234
London2612251772012121851871,447



Note:
0 means less than 0.5 hectares



Percentage of dwellings built on previously-developed land(25): 1997–2004 London
Percentage

19971998199920002001200220032004Average 1997–2004
City of London100100100100100100
Barking and Dagenham926862939671869281
Barnet701009510092769410090
Bexley304310010084549710063
Brent951004745735510010071
Bromley948084869388949489
Camden98100100100851008110097
Croydon707497929797998387
Ealing91796894100481003673
Enfield8295828188979510088
Greenwich756992868592999586
Hackney92100701001009610010094
Hammersmith and Fulham969687100961008010095
Haringey100951008310010010010097
Harrow1009910010086928610095
Havering77948556961004010081
Hillingdon981009595561008910091
Hounslow9766789891769210086
Islington90 .9797978310010010095
Kensington and Chelsea10093100931006210010090
Kingston upon Thames977610098901008010090
Lambeth5410010099951006910089
Lewis ham851009510010095969994
Merton97100685710010010010091
Newham7694569145828310078
Redbridge8892925886991009485
Richmond upon Thames999091979997998896
Southwark9398100100100100899996
Sutton998362598910010010085
Tower Hamlets819297100978810010093
Waltham Forest100961005510086956289
Wandsworth100100100100100100100100100
Westminster1009210010010010010010098
London878786848987939488


(25) Excluding conversions


 
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