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Local authorities (LAs) in England report the number of households on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. Where the local authority maintains a common waiting list with registered social landlords (RSLs) in their district, the list will also include households placed on the list by RSLs. The Department for Communities and Local Government does not collect information on households on individual RSL waiting lists.

Not everyone on the waiting list is necessarily in urgent housing need. The waiting list includes those who consider social housing as their preferred option or one of a number of housing options, and those who decide to get on to the waiting list ladder before they need or want to move house—particularly where the priority system is heavily based on waiting time.

Christine Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many right-to-buy sales in (a) the North West of England and (b) Chester there have been in each year since 1980. [106528]

Yvette Cooper: The number of right-to-buy sales can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website at:

Information on individual years is available from 1998-99 only.

Christine Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has made available under the hostels improvement programme in (a) the North West and (b) Chester in each year since 2004-05. [106529]

Yvette Cooper: The Hostels Capital Improvement Programme has allocated funding to the North West as follows:

£
North West Chester

2004-05

109,000

2005-06

3,189,000

110,000

2006-07

3,390,000

2007-08

1,283,000

Total

7,971,000

110,000


Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the
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(a) average price of a home and (b) average household income was in each higher tier local authority area in each of the last three years; and what the ratio of those two factors is for each local authority listed in descending order during that period. [106657]

Yvette Cooper: The average (median) price of a home in England and Wales by local authority level is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government website at:

The average (median) weekly earnings in the UK by local authority area is available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website at:

Earnings data are collected by ONS in April each year. To maintain comparability with earnings, when calculating the ratio of median house prices to median earnings house price data from the first half of the year are used.

Figures for median house prices, median earnings and the ratio between the two for England are presented in a table that has been placed in the Library.

Housing (Oxfordshire)

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of homes sold in (a) Wantage constituency and (b) Oxfordshire in each year since 1997 were sold to first time buyers. [105927]


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Yvette Cooper: The total number of homes sold to first time buyers is not collected. Although data on all house sales in England and Wales are collected by the Land Registry there is no information collected on buyers.

Information on mortgages to first time buyers and former owner occupiers for house purchases in the UK is collected by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). This includes the total number of loans to first time buyers and the percentage of loans to first time buyers. This information is published on their website at:

Information on mortgage sales at county or constituency level is not available.

IT Projects

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which information technology projects are being undertaken by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies; what the (i) start date, (ii) original planned completion date, (iii) expected completion date, (iv) originally planned costs and (v) estimated planned costs are of each; and if she will make a statement. [101586]

Angela E. Smith [holding answer 23 November 2006]: IT projects undertaken by the Department for Communities and Local Government and its agencies are as follows:


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(a) Communities and Local Government (including regional coordination unit and Government offices in the regions)
Project Start date Original planned completion date Expected completion date Originally planned costs (£000) Estimated planned costs (£000)

FiReControl (regional fire control centres)(1)

2004

2009

2011

120,000

190,000

FireLink(2)

June 2002

December 2007

March 2009

350,000

350,000

Fire Incident Recording System

January 2006

December 2006

June 2007

1,300

2,100

LogasNet Enhancements

February 2006

January 2007

January 2007

700

700

National Register of Social Housing

November 2004

September 2006

December 2006

3,000

2,400

Places Database and State of the Cities

November 2005

June 2006

November 2006

800

1,100

Transactional ERDF and State Aids

March 2005

February 2006

December 2006

1,300

2,900

Web Rationalisation

December 2005

June 2008

December 2008

3,200

3,200

ITSOP(3)

February 2005

October 2006

June 2007

6,526

7,724

DCLG Corporate Web Hosting

June 2006

March 2007

March 2007

578

661

Replacement Infrastructure for Peoplesoft HR System

November 2006

May 2007

May 2007

537

537

STEP UP—Upgrade to the departmental finance system

September 2006

March 2007

March 2007

346

346

eSourcing FASD (Zanzibar)

June 2006

November 2006

November 2006

218

218

Human Resources Database, further development

April 2006

March 2007

March 2007

320

320

Online Performance Management System, further development

April 2006

March 2007

March 2007

149

149

(1) The FiReControl project is principally a business change project with an IT component.
(2) Firelink is a radio communications system project for the Fire and Rescue Service across Great Britain, with an element of IT.
(3) ITSOP includes the outsourcing of IT services, the provision of a new desktop system, and the deployment of an electronic document and records management system to key users.

(b) Agencies of the Department
Project Start date Original planned completion date Expected completion date Originally planned costs (£000) Estimated planned costs (£000)

Planning Inspectorate

Fabasoft version 6 upgrade

June 2006

December 2006

February 2007

375

375

Fire Service College

FRS Managed Learning Environment

January 2006

April 2007

June 2007

5,500

5,500


QEII Conference Centre

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre is not undertaking any information technology projects.

All figures include VAT where applicable.

Local Government Finance

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the results of bids for places on Round Six of the Arm’s Length Management Organisation Programme will be announced. [106664]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 30 November 2006]:I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on6 November 2006, Official Report, columns 881-82W.

Local Government Restructuring

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what effect on subsequent local government financial settlements the rejection of unitary authority status in a referendum will have in the area concerned. [105922]

Mr. Woolas: The local government finance settlement for each year will reflect the authoritiesin existence for the period of the settlement. A referendum will not be required to ratify or approve a move to unitary local government.

Ministerial Travel

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what cost was incurred by the Deputy Prime Minister’s (a) private office and (b) ministerial private office for taxi fares in 2005-06. [103933]

Angela E. Smith: In the financial year 2005-06 the Deputy Prime Minister’s private office spent £5,475 on taxi fares.

Planning

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of enforcement notices were followed by successful retrospective planning applications in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. [106259]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is notheld centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of retrospective planning applications were approved in England in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. [106260]

Yvette Cooper: The Department for Communities and Local Government does not record statistics on the number of retrospective planning applications received or approved by local authorities. However, a one-off survey carried out in 1999 showed that just over 3 per cent. of all applications to district planning authorities and county councils for planning permission were applied for retrospectively. The success rate for retrospective applications was 85 per cent. as against 88 per cent. overall.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals against (a) retrospective local planning applications and (b) local planning applications have been received by each local authority in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement. [106321]

Yvette Cooper: The following summary table shows the number of planning appeals received in England (a) against retrospective planning applications and (b) in total in each of the last six years. Data on appeals received for retrospective applications are basedon the appellant’s description of the nature of the development and therefore have limitations. Tables giving detailed breakdowns of the numbers for each local planning authority for each year have today been placed in the Library of the House.


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