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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 203W, on home information packs, which elements of the pack are liable to VAT. 
The contents of the pack will be specified in Regulations to be made later this year. The answer given to the hon. Member on 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 203W, reflected our intention to include a home condition report and drainage and water search in the pack. Both of these elements are liable to VAT. Local searches provided by a local authority are not liable to VAT.
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The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister allocates homelessness grants to local authorities and voluntary sector agencies. A significant proportion of homelessness grants to local authorities is in turn used by those authorities to fund voluntary sector homelessness services that contribute to local strategies to tackle homelessness. A number of voluntary sector agencies allocated homelessness grants since 1997 are likely to have been faith-based but ODPM's records do not categorise them in this way.
Emily Thornberry: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what (a) revenue grant and (b) capital grant payments were made by the Homelessness Directorate in support of local homelessness strategies in each local authority in London in 200405; 
Yvette Cooper: Homelessness grants from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister supplement other sources of Government funding that help to tackle homelessness, including housing capital investment, supporting people and revenue support grant.
The following table provides details of homelessness revenue and capital grant payments made by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 200405 to each local authority in London. Some of this funding may have been passed on by these authorities to voluntary sector agencies to pay for homelessness services.
Some funding was provided direct to voluntary sector agencies from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The following table also shows the total value of these grants in London. Most of the voluntary sector homelessness services funded direct by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister operate across more than one local authority area.
|Barking and Dagenham||28,000.00|||
|City of London||515,000.00|||
|Greater London Authority||40,000.00|||
|Hammersmith and Fulham||1,500,000.00||470,000.00|
|Kensington and Chelsea||943,000.00|||
|Kingston upon Thames||90,000.00|||
|Total grants to authorities||22,085,000.00||10,777,000.00|
|Voluntary sector organisations|
|Not split by authority||9,658,188.00||1,493,550.00|
|Total grants to voluntary sector|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) total and (b) administration expenditure of the Housing Corporation was in each year since 199697; and what the estimates are for (i) 200506 and (ii) 200607. 
|Admin spend||Total spend|
The administration figures include expenditure on staff costs and capital. The total includes all administration costs along with all programmes, both capital and revenue operated by the Housing Corporation for each year provided.
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the
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transfer of leisure facilities from local authorities to newly-formed charitable trusts on their access to capital for refurbishment; 
Specific information on the transfer of ownership of leisure centres from local authorities to newly-formed charitable trusts is not centrally collated. However, information from the Leisure Data Base Company suggests that approximately one-fifth of public leisure facilities in England are provided through trusts.
My Department recognises the importance of this issue in ensuring the continued sustainability of publicly provided sports facilities. The Audit Commission is currently undertaking a study into the different types of management arrangements available to local authorities for running these services and how they approach the task of choosing the option best suited to local needs. This is expected to include a consideration of the potential implications of each of these options, including for charitable trusts.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses in (a) England and (b) Tamworth constituency (i) have been brought up to the decent homes standard and (ii) remain to be brought up to that standard. 
1 English House Condition Survey 2 Business Plan Annual Monitoring returns
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local authority housing stock in (a) England, (b) London and (c) each London borough has been sold under the right to buy scheme in each year since 1980. 
Yvette Cooper: The number of right to buy (RTB) sales in England, London and each London borough are shown on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/pub/373/Table4StatisticsonRighttoBuyandothercouncilhouse sales Excel242Kb_id1156373.xls. http://www.odpm.gov.uk/pub/371/SalesoflocalauthoritystockinEnglandregional grossedtotalsExcel43Kb_id1156371.xls.
The proportion of local authority stock that has been sold through the right to buy scheme is the number of RTB sales in each financial year divided by the local authority stock at the beginning of that same period. Information is only available for years shown. Regional and national figures have been grossed to compensate for missing data.
|Barking and Dagenham||1.54||3.08||(25)||(25)||2.60||3.01||2.05|
|City of London||10.74||15.73||10.25||8.21||8.42||13.07||9.52|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||1.18||1.59||2.49||1.52||(25)||1.73||1.56|
|Kensington and Chelsea||1.26||1.98||1.47||0.59||0.60||1.08||0.68|
|Kingston upon Thames||1.03||1.86||0.98||0.62||1.37||1.37||0.72|
|Richmond upon Thames||1.35||3.34||(25)||(26)||(25)||(25)||(26)|
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