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Written Answers to Questions

Friday 20 April 2007

Church Commissioners

Church Commissioners: Licensing

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many special licences were granted in each year since 1997. [133131]

Sir Stuart Bell: These figures are not held by the central Church institutions but I understand from the Office for National Statistics that the figures for 1997 to 2004 (the latest year for which figures are available) are as follows:

Total number of Special Licences in England and Wales

1997

1,952

1998

1,878

1999

1,861

2000

1,877

2001

1,805

2002

1,784

2003

1,966

2004

2,226


Churches: Gift Aid

Robert Key: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment he has made of the impact on church income from the gift aid scheme of a reduction in the basic rate of tax following the Budget statement. [132575]

Sir Stuart Bell: We estimate that the reduction in the basic rate of tax will reduce the income of parishes up and down the country by about £7.7 million.

We do, however, welcome the fact that the Chancellor will consult the charitable sector about measures to increase the take-up of Gift Aid. We also welcome his undertaking to consider in the run-up to the Spending Review what other financial help could be given to churches.

Communities and Local Government

Buildings: Greater London

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to revise planning guidance, regulations or circulars on tall buildings in London. [129193]


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Yvette Cooper: There is no Government planning guidance, regulations or circulars specifically on tall buildings in London, though the Mayor of London sets out policies on tall buildings in his London Plan. In addition, the Government are currently consulting on draft directions for 11 protected vistas being proposed by the Mayor in his London Views Management Framework.

Council Housing: Colchester

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people living (a) in Colchester local authority area and (b) outside the Colchester local authority area are on the Colchester housing transfer list; and what the figures were in 1997. [133373]

Yvette Cooper: Information regarding housing transfers is not held centrally. However, local authorities in England report the numbers of households (not people) on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. I refer the hon. Member to my reply given today UIN 133374.

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people living (a) in Colchester local authority area and (b) outside the Colchester local authority area are on the Colchester housing waiting list; and what the figures were in 1997. [133374]

Yvette Cooper: Local authorities in England report the numbers of households (not people) on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. However, the information is not broken down by whether the household is living within or outside the local authority district.

The number of households on Colchester borough council’s housing waiting list, as at 1 April each year, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600. The link for this table is given as follows:

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 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.

Council Housing: Property Transfer

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of those voting in each large scale voluntary transfer ballot voted (a) for and (b) against transfer in each of the last three years. [131052]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is as follows.


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Date tenant ballot closed LA/scheme Valid votes cast Votes in favour Percentage in favour Votes against Percentage against

1 April 2004

Trafford MBC

7,024

5,121

72.91

1,903

27.09

2 April 2004

Manchester CC Woodhouse Park(1)

2,149

1,993

92.7

156

7.3

14 April 2004

Wirral MBC

10,087

7,803

77.36

2,284

22.64

19 April 2004

Wakefield MDC

25,487

18,767

73.6

6,720

26.4

4 May 2004

North East Lincolnshire Council

6,335

4,249

67.26

2,086

32.74

17 May 2004

RB Kingston

3,812

1,421

37

2,391

63

21 June 2004

LB Tower Hamlets Mile End East(1)

651

364

55.9

287

44.1

21 July 2004

LB Lambeth Kennington(1)

507

304

60.08

203

39.92

27 July 2004

LB Islington SURCO(1)

227

125

55.8

102

44.2

28 July 2004

LB Islington Grove(1)

103

75

72.82

28

27.18

2 August 2004

LB Tower Hamlets, Tarling East(1)

48

37

77.1

11

22.92

18 October 2004

LB Tower Hamlets—Crossways(1)

120

108

90

12

10

22 November 2004

Halton BC

4,672

3,646

78.1

1,026

21.9

8 December 2004

Kings Lynn and W Norfolk BC

5,686

4,350

76.5

1,336

23.5

16 December 2004

Preston CC

3,939

3,188

81.4

751

18.61

20 December 2004

Manchester CC Haughton Green(1)

747

707

94.9

40

5.1

20 December 2004

LB Tower Hamlets Leopold and Burdett(1)

255

161

63.4

94

36.6

24 March 2005

LB Lambeth Clapham Park (1)

1,108

654

59.3

454

40.7

29 March 2005

Stafford BC

4,462

2,973

66.8

1,489

33.2

31 March 2005

North Norfolk DC

4,387

2,804

64

1,583

36

1 April 2005

Broxbourne BC

2,748

1,908

69.7

840

30.3

4 April 2005

North Somerset Council

4,992

3,800

76.5

1,192

23.5

4 April 2005

Ellesmere Port and Neston BC

4,210

2,027

48.2

2,183

51.8

8 April 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Island Homes(1)

605

391

65.5

214

34.5

8 April 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Island Gardens Isle of Dogs(1)

355

268

76.6

87

23.4

8 April 2005

LB Tower Hamlets St. Georges(1)

161

105

66.0

56

34

27 April 2005

Manchester CC—Hattersley(1)

1,394

1,290

92.5

104

7.46

27 May 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Sheltered(1)

208

124

60.2

84

39.8

9 June 2005

Hyndburn BC

2,562

2,027

79.2

535

20.8

12 July 2005

LB Islington Ringcross(1)

141

111

78.7

30

21.3

19 July 2005

Sedgefield BC

8,173

3,421

41.9

4,752

58.1

22 July 2005

LB Tower Hamlets—Parkside(1)

820

413

50.4

407

49.6

26 July 2005

Teesdale DC

831

733

88.2

98

11.8

17 August 2005

Macclesfield BC

4,491

2,794

62.2

1,697

37.8

18 August 2005

Sefton Council

9,113

4,089

44.95

5,024

55.05

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets, Mansford(1)

212

135

64.0

77

36

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets, Lincoln(1)

122

52

42.6

70

57.4

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Chicksand West(1)

112

88

78.6

24

21.4

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlet—Wapping(1)

363

154

42.5

209

57.5

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets—Glamis(1)

117

81

69.2

36

30.8

8 November 2005

Rossendale BC

2,795

2,308

82.6

487

17.4

11 November 2005

Aylesbury Vale DC

6,308

4,690

74.4

1,618

25.6

11 November 2005

Sheffield CC Shiregreen(1)

2,304

1,979

85.9

325

14.1

2 December 2005

Manchester CC W Wythenshawe(1)

5,065

4,480

88.7

585

11.3

5 December 2005

Derwentside DC

5,322

4,028

75.7

1,294

24.26

9 December 2005

Waverley BC

4,095

1,926

47.25

2,169

52.75

12 December 2005

West Lancs DC

4,683

1,984

43

2,699

57

13 December 2005

Sefton Council

7,261

5,172

71.4

2,089

28.6

19 December 2005

LB Lambeth Stockwell Park(1)

786

621

79.1

165

20.9

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Longnor Norfolk and Osier(1)

175

80

45.7

95

54.3

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Stepney Green and Clichy(1)

369

138

37.4

231

62.6

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Exmouth(1)

255

199

78.0

56

22

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Cranbrook(1)

195

55

28.2

140

71.8

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Granby Hereford(1)

203

74

36.5

129

63.5

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Barleymow(1)

140

62

44.3

78

55.7

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Lansbury(1)

377

232

61.5

145

38.5

22 February 2006

Mid Devon DC

3,054

744

24.4

2,310

75.6

24 February 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Holland(1)

173

128

74.0

45

26

10 March 2006

Selby DC

3,021

1,055

34.5

1,966

65.5

10 March 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Devons(1)

326

175

53.7

151

46.3

10 March 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Bow Bridge(1)

159

114

72.2

45

27.8

15 March 2006

Pendle BC

2,917

2,453

84.4

464

15.6

27 March 2006

Cannock Chase DC

4,696

2,260

48.1

2,436

51.9

28 March 2006

North Lincolnshire Council

7,960

5,012

63.0

2,948

37

31 March 2006

Waveney DC

4,508

1,458

32.3

3,050

67.7

27 April 2006

South Gloucestershire Council

6,314

4,032

64.0

2,282

36

13 July 2006

Sheffield CC Loxley Wadsley Wisewood(1)

574

437

76.1

137

23.9

28 July 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Collingwood and Horwood(1)

451

224

49.7

227

50.3

8 August 2006

Chorley BC

2,378

1,499

63.1

879

36.9

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Boundary(1)

256

32

12.6

224

87.4

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Locksley(1)

304

105

34.5

199

65.5

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Cleveland(1)

127

53

41.7

74

58.3

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Ocean(1)

666

248

37.3

418

62.7

3 November 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Dinmont(1)

31

29

93.5

2

6.5

3 November 2006

LB Tower Hamlets East India(1)

464

365

78.8

99

21.2

10 November 2006

Watford BC

3,497

1,902

54.5

1,595

45.5

13 November 2006

South Kesteven DC

4,791

1,278

26.8

3,513

73.2

29 November 2006

Salisbury DC

4,810

1,377

28.7

3,433

71.3

1 December 2006

Gravesham BC

4,903

685

14

4,218

86

6 December 2006

North Shropshire DC

1,872

1,481

79.5

391

20.5

7 December 2006

Fenland DC

3,257

1,747

53.9

1,510

46.1

7 December 2006

LB Islington Packington(1)

319

285

89.3

34

10.66

13 December 2006

LB Lewisham Phoenix(1)

2,976

2,023

68.7

953

31.3

14 December 2006

Daventry DC

2,638

2,025

76.8

613

23.2

15 December 2006

Castle Morpeth BC

1,997

1,745

87.4

252

12.6

15 December 2006

Braintree DC

6,910

4,304

62.3

2,606

37.7

15 December 2006

Rochford DC

1,491

1,234

82.8

257

17.2

15 December 2006

Wellingborough BC

3,500

2,616

74.7

884

25.3

18 December 2006

Taunton Deane BC

4,802

1,502

31.3

3,300

68.7

18 December 2006

Sheffield CC Harold Lambert Court(1)

536

416

77.6

120

22.4

18 December 2006

LB Sutton Roundshaw(1)

364

214

58.8

150

41.2

18 December 2006

Sheffield CC Lower Manor(1)

919

808

87.9

111

12.1

18 December 2006

Sheffield CC Wybourn(1)

736

541

73.5

195

26.5

21 December 2006

Tower Hamlets Alfred and Malmesbury(1)

338

167

49.4

171

50.6

2 February 2007

Sheffield CC Hyde Park Walk and Terrace(1)

135

101

74.8

34

25.2

2 February 2007

Sheffield CC Richmond Park, Birklands and Athelstan(1)

428

304

71.0

124

29

20 February 2007

Brighton and Hove CC

8,744

2,014

23

6,730

77

5 March 2007

Manchester CC South(1)

4,943

2,904

58.9

2,039

41.1

15 March 2007

Chester Le Street DC

3,712

2,251

60.6

1,461

39.4

16 March 2007

Wansbeck DC

4,299

3,648

84.9

651

15.1

21 March 2007

Harborough DC

1,800

1,375

76.4

425

23.6

26 March 2007

Mole Valley DC

3,011

2,587

85.9

424

14.1

30 March 2007

Torridge DC

1,551

1,304

84.1

247

15.9

30 March 2007

Liverpool CC Remainder of stock(1)

11,100

8,653

78.0

2,447

22

10 April 2007

Bracknell Forest BC

4,560

3,453

75.7

1,107

24.3

(1) Denotes partial area.

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