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Government region
South-west England
Number (Thousand) Percentage Number (Thousand) Percentage

1992

1,403

74

13,063

68

1993

1,427

72

13,270

68

1994

1,423

73

13,420

69

1995

1,440

74

13,456

69

1996

1,445

74

13,521

69

1997

1,442

73

13,579

69

1998

1,479

74

13,775

69

1999

1,511

74

14,015

70

2000

1,532

75

14,257

71

2001

1,557

75

14,278

70

2002

1,576

75

14,443

70

2003

1,574

74

14,562

71

2004

1,560

74

14,567

71

2005

1,569

74

14,633

71

2006

1,573

73

14,613

70

Note:
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.
Source:
ONS Labour Force Survey

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will allocate specific funds for key worker loans in Dorset. [111544]

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 arm’s length management organisations have been successful. [111780]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 26 January 2007]: We are continuing to consider the Round 6 ALMO bids.

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. [118952]

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.


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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. [118953]

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.

A final regulatory impact assessment, which will set out the expected costs implications, will be published alongside the final policy statement in the summer 2007.

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. [118962]

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.

Housing: Elderly

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. [117902]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 5 February 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 26 January 2007, Official Report, columns 2097-98W.

Housing: Milton Keynes

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses are vacant in Milton Keynes. [112207]

Yvette Cooper: Milton Keynes district council reported a total of 210 vacant council dwellings at 1 April 2006.

These figures are based on all vacancies, including those of less than six months and are as reported by each district as at 1 April 2006 through the Housing Strategy Statistical Return (HSSA).

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans English Partnerships has for developing pilot schemes for community land trusts in Milton Keynes. [112209]

Yvette Cooper: English Partnerships is considering the case for a community land trust pilot scheme on a
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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. [112262]

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.

Housing: Waiting Lists

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the change is in the number of households on council waiting lists for social housing since 1997. [118833]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 5 February 2007]: The number of households on the waiting list for social housing in England, as at 1 April 2006 was 1,634,300 compared with 1,021,700 at 1 April 1997.

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 house—particularly where the priority system is heavily based on waiting time.

Land and Property Gazeteers

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; [116295]

(2) how much local authorities have saved due to efficiencies resulting from their local land and property gazetteers; [116296]

(3) what estimate she has made of the number of separate address datasets maintained across (a) central and (b) local government; [116297]


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(4) whether the National Land and Property Gazeteer is available for central government use; [116298]

(5) what assessment she has made of the savings which might result from the use of a single master address dataset across central and local government. [116299]

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.

We do not specifically collect information on efficiencies resulting from local authorities’ local land and property gazetteers

We have not made an estimate of the number of separate address datasets across central and local government.

The Department has not made an assessment of what savings might result from a single master address dataset.

Local Government

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. [111730]

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.

Local Government Finance

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. [107138]

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.

Communities and Local Government keeps no record of what unpaid, additional, outstanding rent may be owed to local authorities to 2011.

Milton Keynes Tariff

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much
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money has been raised via the Milton Keynes tariff since its inception. [112210]

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:

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. [112211]

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:


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