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Government office regions (GOR) differ from standard statistical regions (SSR) in the following respects:
1. South East GOR = South East SSR less Beds, Herts and Essex
2. East GOR = East Anglia SSR plus Beds, Herts and Essex
3. North East GOR = North SSR less Cumbria
4. North West GOR = North West SSR plus Cumbria
All other GORs are exactly the same as the SSRs of the same name.
ONS Labour Force Survey
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 26 January 2007]: The key worker living programme is focused on helping key workers in London, the east and the south-east of England regions with funding coming from those regions allocations. In 2005, the South West Regional Housing Board declined the opportunity to specifically allocate resources to key worker schemes in 2006-07 or 2007-08. The South West Regional Housing Board did however recommend that key public sector workers providing essential public services should be one of their priority groups for low cost home ownership assistance through the 2006-07 to 2007-08 national affordable housing programme.
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will announce which bids for the sixth round of arms length management organisations have been successful. 
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department is having with EU-based manufacturers of construction materials on the plans to introduce zero carbon housing. 
Angela E. Smith: We are in discussion with the Construction Products Association, who represents EU-based manufacturers among other organisations, about the consultation proposals to move towards zero carbon homes by 2016.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the cost implications for the house building industry of the proposal to introduce zero carbon housing. 
Angela E. Smith: A partial regulatory impact assessment has been published alongside the proposal in Building a Greener Future to move towards zero carbon homes by 2016. This assessment shows that the costs of delivering a 25 per cent. improvement in energy/carbon levels is around 2-3 per cent., or around £3,000 per dwelling, on the basis of current technologies. As we move on to lower energy/carbon housing in the future, the costs are inevitably more uncertain as they will depend on the technologies delivered by the market, and cost reductions achieved through economies of scale and over time.
Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she is having with UK manufacturers of construction materials in preparation for the introduction of zero carbon homes by 2017. 
Angela E. Smith: We are in discussion with the Construction Products Association, which represents UK manufacturers amongst other organisations, about the consultation proposals to move towards zero carbon homes by 2016.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure housebuilding programmes take into account the needs of older people. 
English Partnerships is considering the case for a community land trust pilot scheme on a
former hospital site at Cashes Green, Stroud. Evidence from this and other developing community land trusts will demonstrate whether they can be applied more widely.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes English Partnerships expects to be built east of the M1 motorway within the bounds of Milton Keynes Unitary Authority by 2031, broken down by estimated year of completion and location. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 29 January 2007]: The level of housing to be provided will be established by the South East Regional Spatial Strategy and the relevant local development frameworks. The South East Regional Strategy is currently undergoing an Examination in Public.
English Partnerships works in partnership with the relevant local authority to deliver schemes in accordance with local development frameworks. The only current English Partnerships project in the Milton Keynes Unitary Authority Area to the east of the Ml is on Renny Lodge, a former hospital site in Newport Pagnall where construction of 68 homes are under way.
Local authorities (LAs) in England report the numbers 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.
Not everyone on the waiting list is necessarily in urgent housing need. The waiting list includes those who consider social housing as their preferred or one of a number of housing options, and those who decide to get onto the waiting list ladder before they need or want to move houseparticularly where the priority system is heavily based on waiting time.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much local authorities have spent on (a) creating and (b) maintaining the National Land and Property Gazeteer in the last two years; 
Angela E. Smith: The National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) is the responsibility of the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA). Any questions regarding it, such as cost of creation, maintenance or its licensing arrangements should therefore be directed to the IDeA.
Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have officially indicated their intention to explore seeking unitary status following the publication of the Local Government White Paper. 
Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the statement that I made to the House on 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 7WS, for the list of local authorities that have submitted proposals for unitary status in response to the invitation that we issued on 26 October 2006.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the total additional rental income each local authority will receive up to 2011 on the basis of rent outstanding. 
Mr. Woolas: Local authorities are responsible for setting their own rents and typically do so after the annual Housing Revenue Account Subsidy Determination has been issued each December; consequently we cannot predict their individual decisions, which will be taken according to local factors, existing stock levels and status and the data available to them in each annual determination and so do not estimate what actual rents may total between now and 2011.
Yvette Cooper: The Milton Keynes prospectus, commonly known as the tariff is a planning obligation, under the Town and Country Planning Act and covers part of Milton Keynes. The final agreement has not been signed by all concerned parties, but a site specific planning obligation, which feeds into the tariff has been completed. The tariff has raised £39,493,897 from the following sources:
Government forward funding of infrastructure before development takes place, via English Partnerships - £30,402,236
Private sector planning obligation "in-kind" contributions - £8,170,000
Planning obligation funding - £921,661.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects have been funded by resources raised by the Milton Keynes tariff to date, broken down by (a) project and (b) value. 
Yvette Cooper: The Milton Keynes prospectus, commonly known as the tariff is a planning obligation, under of the Town and Country Planning Act. The final agreement has not been signed by all concerned parties. The Milton Keynes Partnership Committee's Business Plan (2006) does set out the range of projects and schemes that the tariff is intended to fund. The following projects have been approved to receive the funding:
Transport Improvement Abbey Hill (A5) Preliminary Work - £175,000
Transport Improvement H7 Bridge Preliminary Work - £221,000
Transport Improvement A421 dualling (partial) - £6,690,000 of in-kind private sector contributions
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