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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2006, Official Report, column 1313W, on former council properties, if she will collect the information requested on properties formerly owned by local authorities. 
Yvette Cooper: There are no plans to collect information centrally about the numbers of properties that were once owned by local authorities and are now privately let. Individual local authorities may keep details of the addresses of properties they once owned, but they will not know which of these properties are now privately rented.
John Hemming: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the local authorities which have applied under the Freedom of Information Act for information from his Department in 2006; and what information they have applied for. 
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Communities and Local Government (including the Government offices for the regions) have received the following requests for information from local authorities in 2006. All requests, including those by organisations, are made by named individuals. We are unable to determine whether the request has been made by an individual or on behalf of the local authority as a whole.
Amount provided as part of rate support grant to Dover DC for: (a) setting up systems and training 2003-04 and 2004-05 in both monetary terms and as percentage of annual rate support grant; and (b) in 2004-05 as set up in fees in respect of the Gambling Act 2005
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) role is of and (b) recent activity was of the Geographic Information Panel; and if she will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: The Geographic Information Panel was established in April 2005. Its role is to focus on medium to long-term issues, encourage more effective, extensive and systematic use of geographic information and submit regular short reports to Ministers.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what input (a) her Department and (b) its (i) agencies and (ii) non-departmental public bodies had into the Hampton review and its report Reducing administrative burdens: effective inspection and enforcement. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government Departments will have access to the Home Condition Report Register; and to what extent it is her policy to make it available for inspection under (a) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and (b) the Data Protection Act 1998. 
Yvette Cooper: The only people who will have access to any registers of home condition reports will be buyers and sellers, their advisers and mortgage lenders and those monitoring the performance and quality of the reports. Any secondary legislation will be framed accordingly. There will be no access for other Government Departments, although it is intended that the Department for Communities and Local Government will have access solely for the purpose of monitoring and auditing the work of certification schemes, and that of the register operator.
Information held on a register will be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act on the basis that the Housing Act 2004 prohibits disclosure from the register except in accordance with
the regulations. A home condition report properly compiled will not contain personal data within the meaning of the Data Protection Act. There are no proposals to make the register available for inspection under either the Freedom of Information Act or the Data Protection Act.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2006, Official Report, on the Register of Home Condition Reports, if she will place in the Library a copy of the documentation, including the technical requirements, that has been prepared for those expressing an interest in providing the register. 
Yvette Cooper: The Home Condition Report Register procurement is being carried out as a negotiated procedure under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, and it is expected that the contents of the documentation will change through the period of negotiation. Once negotiations and procurement have been completed I will arrange to place the final versions of the documentation in the Library.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) other central Government Departments, (b) the Office for National Statistics and (c) her Department will have access to data in the Register of Home Condition Reports for purposes other than those related to the management and maintenance of the register. 
Yvette Cooper: Access to the Register of Home Condition Reports will be confined to buyers and sellers, their advisers and mortgage lenders and those monitoring the performance and quality of the reports. The secondary legislation will be framed accordingly.
There are no plans to allow access to other Government Departments or the Office for National Statistics. We expect the Department to have access for the purposes of monitoring and auditing the work of certification schemes, and that of the register operator.
Yvette Cooper: The cost of lodgement charged to certification schemes is part of ongoing discussions with Landmark Solutions (the preferred Home Condition Report Register operator). Additional charges by the certification schemes to cover administrative quality assurance costs are also under discussion.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what maximum length of time a home condition report (a) is permitted to be and (b) will be stored in the Register of Home Condition Reports, assuming there is no new marketing of the property. 
Yvette Cooper: There will be no maximum period for which an HCR is considered valid. Home condition reports will be stored in the Home Condition Report Register for 15 years from the date of lodgement.
Angela E. Smith: My Department does not collect information for each local authority on these details. The 2004 English House Condition Survey provides the following figures for England: there were 15,042 dwellings (70 per cent. of all dwellings) of cavity wall construction, of which 5,835 (39 per cent. of all dwellings with cavity walls) were insulated.
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who will bear the costs to (a) home owners, (b) estate agents and (c) the controller of the trials of running the home information pack trials. 
Participation in the area trials is voluntary. The Department is in discussion with industry regarding the appropriate support for the trials, although we intend this support to be focused on encouraging consumers to take-up home information packs (HIPs)
and to be designed to help us see the effects of HIPs on chains of transactions. These trials will be independently verified. A further announcement will be made shortly on the selected contractor who will conduct the independent research.
Trials will take place in Bath, Cambridge, Southampton, Northampton, Newcastle and Huddersfield. The results in these areas will be compared with those in the baseline research conducted during the summer.
Michael Gove: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps have been taken to ensure independent monitoring of the dry runs of home information packs to guarantee that any assessment of their success is made by those with no financial interest in the production of packs. 
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether homeowners in shared equity schemes will be required to obtain separate home information packs for their share of a property when it is sold. 
Yvette Cooper: A person selling a shared equity or shared ownership property on the open market will need to provide a home information pack, including an energy performance certificate. In most shared equity schemes the purchaser owns 100 per cent. of the property. The equity loan is covered by a charge on the property which is repaid to the registered social landlord when the property is sold. Sellers of such properties are usually responsible for the legal fees and other associated selling costs now and that will continue to be the case when home information packs are introduced on 1 June 2007.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to exempt (a) key worker housing, (b) other shared equity housing and (c) low-cost housing from the requirement to obtain a home information pack when a property is sold. 
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