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Health Care: East Anglia

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on future healthcare provision in the Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough growth corridor; and if she will make a statement. [105535]

Yvette Cooper: It is for the health authorities to work with local partners, including local delivery vehicles, to plan for future healthcare provision in the growth areas, and to ensure that new developments promote healthy communities. For example, in January 2006, the health forum of Cambridgeshire Horizons, the local delivery vehicle for the sub-region, published “Population Growth and Capacity Planning for Health and Social Care”, which assessed the population consequences of planned housing development in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the implications for health and social care.

Government are providing extra resources to support health services in the growth areas, and the Department has worked closely with the Department of Health to ensure that core health funding takes account of planned housing growth. For example, the Department of Health has already included a growth areas adjustment to primary care trust revenue funding.

Housing

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of projected additional housing demand she attributes to (a) larger families, (b) longer life expectancy and (c) migration. [105279]


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Yvette Cooper: The Department’s household projections for England are used to estimate future housing requirements. In the most recent 2003 based household projections it was estimated that there would be an average 209,000 additional households per annum between 2003 and 2026.

Of the 209,000 additional households per annum:

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to review key worker shared ownership housing schemes managed by housing associations. [105294]

Yvette Cooper: We reviewed our shared ownership and key worker schemes last year as part of a wider consultation—‘HomeBuy - Expanding the Opportunity to Own’—on proposals to provide simpler, fairer home ownership opportunities for more people. Our new ‘HomeBuy’ scheme was launched in April this year. Further work is underway as a result of the shared equity task force to help more people into shared ownership and ensure resources are targeted most effectively.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average household income and (b) average private sector rent for self-contained accommodation was in each higher tier local authority area over the latest three year period for which figures are available; and what the ratio of those two factors is for each local authority, listed in descending order. [105667]

Yvette Cooper: Average household incomes by local authority are not available. As an alternative, average employee earnings by local authority are available from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, an Office for National Statistics survey.

The tables that can be accessed via the following links include average gross weekly pay for full time employees in 2004, 2005 and 2006 disaggregated by place of employee residence. The links for each of the three years are:

Reliable data for average private sector rents for self-contained accommodation are not available at local authority level. Consequently, ratios of income to private rent cannot be provided either.


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Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has made an assessment of the cost of payments to Registered Social Landlords Board members in each of the last five years. [107919]

Yvette Cooper: No such assessment has been made. In 2004, the Housing Corporation issued a determination under schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1996 permitting payments to registered social landlord (RSL) board members of less than £20,000. The annual regulatory and statistical return collected by the Housing Corporation includes a question on whether RSLs make any payments to board members. It does not collect information about the amounts paid. The number of RSLs that made payments to their board members in each year are as follows:

Number of RSLs making payments to board members

2004

94

2005

172

2006

131


These data are only available for RSLs that complete a long RSR form. RSLs with fewer than 250 units are not required to complete a long RSR.

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what bonuses were paid to the (a) chief executives and (b) directors of the 10 largest registered social landlords in each of the last five years. [107944]

Yvette Cooper: The Housing Corporation does not require registered social landlords to disclose the details of bonuses paid to their chief executives and directors, although some do so as a matter of good practice. We are therefore unable to provide this information.

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many registered social landlords are achieving Government targets. [107948]

Yvette Cooper: The Government do not set targets for registered social landlords (RSLs), which are independent organisations, registered with and regulated by the Housing Corporation. All RSLs must comply with the Housing Corporation's regulatory code and statutory guidance which set out its requirements in the areas of governance, management and financial viability. For all associations with more than 250 units the Corporation produces an annual assessment which rates performance in these areas, plus where relevant in the area of development.

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of households on housing waiting lists in (a) each English region and (b) each London local authority were from black and ethnic minority communities in 2005. [108037]


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Yvette Cooper: Information on the ethnic breakdown of households on the waiting list for social housing is not held centrally.

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with local authorities on planned new social housing in Coventry. [108414]

Yvette Cooper: There have been no specific discussions between the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and local authorities in relation to plans for new social housing in Coventry.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projections she has made of the number of additional households there will be in each region in the period 2003 to 2026; how many of these additional households she expects to be as a result of migration in each region; and what assessment she has made of the impact of migration on housing demand and infrastructure on London and the South East. [108820]

Yvette Cooper: The estimated number of additional households in England and each region between 2003 and 2026 were published in the statistical release of 14 March 2006:

An estimate of the projected household growth attributable to migration is only available for England as a whole. This shows 65,000 (31 per cent.) out of the 209,000 additional households per annum are attributable to migration.

Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many unoccupied homes there were in (a) Somerset and (b) England in each month of each of the last five years. [109004]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 13 December 2006]: There is no monthly information on vacancies available centrally.

The following numbers of vacant dwellings were reported by districts in Somerset and for the whole of England in the last five years:

Snapshot date Somerset England

2001

1 April

n/a

753,100

2002

1 November

5,946

758,100

2003

3 November

6,136

743,800

2004

1 November

6,268

714,000

2005

10 October

6,915

723,200

n/a = Figure not available
Source:
Council Tax Base (CTB1) returns for 2002-2005 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix for 2001.

Somerset is defined as the districts of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton and West Somerset.

These figures include empty homes for sale and houses which have been unoccupied for a very short period.


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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of net migration on (a) housing demand in England over the last five years and (b) future housing demand in England. [102565]

Yvette Cooper: The Department for Communities and Local Government’s 2003 based household projections for England, estimate that out of 209,000 additional households per year between 2003 and 2026, about 65,000 per year (31 per cent.) is attributable to net migration into England.

Sexual Orientation Regulations

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made with the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations; and if she will make a statement. [109043]

Meg Munn: The Government will publish a response to the consultation after the Christmas recess in good time for the laying of the regulations to come into force next April, alongside Part 2 of the Equality Act outlawing discrimination on grounds of religion or belief in the provision of goods and services.

Since the close of consultation in June of this year the Government have been looking closely at the nearly 3,000 responses and discussing the detailed issues with interested parties.

Thames Gateway Development

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will commission research on the impact of overhead power lines on development in the Thames Gateway in line with the recommendations of the Thames Gateway evidence review published by her Department in November. [105533]

Yvette Cooper: The impact of overhead power lines on development in the Thames Gateway is a matter that needs to be considered site by site, in accordance with planning policies. This is the approach already being taken by local authorities in the Gateway.

Northern Ireland

Areas of Special Scientific Interest

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why the designation of areas of special scientific interest in Northern Ireland has been delayed; and if he will make a statement. [108003]

David Cairns: The delay in the programme for designating areas of special scientific interest (ASSIs) has resulted from the prioritisation of the work to identify, designate and protect special areas of conservation and special protection areas to comply with the requirements of European directives.

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the budget of the
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Environment and Heritage Service will be set aside to meet the costs of areas of special scientific interest designations in Northern Ireland in the next financial year. [108150]

David Cairns: The projected spend by Environment and Heritage Service on areas of special scientific interest designations in 2007-08 is £3,329,000. This figure includes the anticipated spend on management agreements, ASSI-related research and the salary costs of the staff involved in the survey, designation, management and protection of ASSIs.

In total this figure equates to 5.68 per cent. of the EHS budget beginning 1 April 2007.

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the budget of the Environment and Heritage Service was set aside to meet the costs of designated areas of special scientific interest in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement. [108175]

David Cairns: The total costs associated with the designation and management of areas of special scientific interest for each of the last six years would include a proportion of staff costs, expenditure on ASSI-related research and the costs of management agreements and associated works. Only the latter can be calculated with any degree of accuracy.

Expressed as actual costs and as a percentage of the EHS budget, the costs of ASSI management agreements for the last six years are as follows:

Expenditure (£) Percentage of the EHS budget

2001-02

140,000

0.42

2002-03

110,000

0.28

2003-04

220,000

0.43

2004-05

350,000

0.62

2005-06

350,000

0.61


Figures for this financial year will not be finalised until April but should again show a small increase in expenditure for the 12-month period to 31 March 2007.


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