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Home Information Packs

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish a detailed implementation plan for the introduction of home information packs. [48386]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is discussing the main elements of the implementation plan with stakeholders and expect to share the details with them shortly.

Homelessness

Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 307W, on homelessness, when he expects to publish the code of guidance. [50993]

Yvette Cooper: A revised Homelessness Code of Guidance for Local Authorities" is due to be published in the next few months.

Housing

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of right-to-buy sales in West Lancashire since 1980 were (a) bed-sit, (b) one-bed, (c) two-bed, (d) three-bed and (e) four or more bedrooms. [45133]

Yvette Cooper: Information on the number of bedrooms for properties sold through the right to buy scheme is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding local authority housing in (a) England and (b) Tamworth constituency received in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by source. [48656]

Mr. Woolas: The information requested is not held centrally, and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to ensure that tenants of arm's length management organisations are able to decide their future tenancy arrangements when the current contracts expire; and if he will make a statement. [44464]

Yvette Cooper: Tenants should be fully consulted on all significant changes to the management of their homes, as they were on decisions to set up an arm's length management organisation.
 
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Mr. Truswell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding local authority housing in (a) England and (b) Leeds has received in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by source. [46004]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is currently not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Truswell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase the volume of affordable social housing provided by (a) local authorities, (b) the not-for-profit sector and (c) the private sector. [46005]

Yvette Cooper: The Government set a target of providing 75,000 social rented homes from 2005–06 to 2007–08, that is, an additional 10,000 homes, a 50 per cent. increase on 2004–05.

Of these it is estimated around 3,000 will be provided through local authorities and at least 60,000 through registered social landlords or other developers. The Government have announced in the Barker review to explore new innovative ways for local councils to support more social house building in future.

The Government have already widened the availability of funding through the Housing Corporation's Affordable Housing programme to include non-registered social landlords.

Jeff Ennis: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster have been brought up to the Decent Homes Standard; and how many remain to be brought up to the standard. [46555]

Yvette Cooper: The information is as follows.

(a) Barnsley has reported that their number of non-decent dwellings has decreased from 8,437 in April 2003 to 5,458 in April 2005. Barnsley did not supply the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister with non-decent estimates prior to April 2003.

(b) In 2002 Doncaster reported that their number of non-decent dwellings as of April 2001 was 8,858. Their number of non-decent dwellings in 2005 was reported at 13,324.

This reported increase is due to Doncaster revising their figures after a stock condition survey and a validation of stock condition data in preparation for an option appraisal, and not necessarily a physical increase in their number of non-decent dwellings.

Jeff Ennis: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of council housing stock in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster has been sold under the right to buy scheme since 1980. [46556]

Yvette Cooper: The proportion of council housing stock in Barnsley and Doncaster that has been sold under the right to buy scheme since its introduction in 1980 can be found on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website at:

http://www.odpm.gov.uk/embedded_object.asp?id=l156373
 
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Mr. Hands: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham are waiting to be found suitable accommodation by the local authority while living in accommodation judged unacceptable by social services. [45947]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Leisure Facilities Transfer (West Lancashire)

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of the transfer of leisure facilities in West Lancashire to newly-formed charitable trusts on their access to capital for refurbishment. [51119]

Mr. Caborn: I have been asked to reply.

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.

I will ensure a copy of the study is placed in the House Libraries once it is published.

Local Authority Expenditure

Keith Vaz: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much local authorities have spent on gas in each year between 1997 and 2005. [51148]

Mr. Woolas: Estimates for how much local authorities have spent on gas in each year between 1997 and 2005 have been tabled as follows. From 2002–03 onwards, figures include other (non-electricity) energy costs (eg solid fuel and fuel oil) as well as gas.
£000
1998–99114,439
1999–2000112,727
2000–01121,717
2001–02151,698
2002–03201,290
2003–04187,822
2004–05222,481



Source:
Subjective Analysis Returns (SAR) submitted by local authorities to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.


Figures prior to 1998–99 were not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
 
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The SAR is a sample survey and collects information from 121 authorities in England. The data have been grossed up to provide estimates for England as a whole.

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changes in responsibilities and the method of reporting the information. In particular, the data for 1998–99 to 2002–03 are presented on a non-Financial Reporting Standard 17 (FRS17) basis while the data for 2003–04 and 2004–05 are presented on a FRS17 basis. Hence, figures for different years may not be directly comparable.


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