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As announced last month, EPCs and HEPs will be phased in starting with four bedroom homes and larger propertiesrolling out to other sized properties once sufficient energy inspectors are in place, nationally and regionally to meet demand,
taking into account market conditions and evidence from implementation. This will include the marketed sales of properties that may have been repossessed, assuming they are not covered by any other exceptions.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to prevent home and energy inspectors receiving financial inducements from householders or estate agents. 
Yvette Cooper: HIs and DBAs are required to join approved accreditation schemes before working. All accreditation schemes have codes of conduct and systems in place to avoid conflicts of interest. There is a clear duty for accreditation schemes to ensure that checks including criminal records have been carried out as well as checks such as references. These checks are stronger than those carried out on other groups who have access to peoples homes such as gas inspectors. We consulted the police who were content with this approach.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) timetable is and (b) terms of reference are for the consultation on energy performance certificates; and if she will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Department will carry out a public consultation this summer on what, in the longer term, the maximum age of an Energy Performance Certificate within a Home Information Pack should be when residential property is first marketed for sale. This consultation will be in accordance with Cabinet Office guidance and include an impact assessment to estimate the costs and benefits for a range of validity periods from three months up to 10 years.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 124W, on housing: energy, how many (a) domestic energy assessors and (b) home inspectors have failed their qualification examinations. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 124W, on housing: energy, how many practising (a) domestic energy assessors and (b) home inspectors there are in each region in (i) England and (ii) Wales. 
The most recent data from home inspector certification schemes and domestic energy assessor accreditation schemes show the following information on certifications and accreditations by
region. There are a small number who come from companies with national coverage or who have not provided a valid postcodethese have been categorised as not known.
|Government office region||Accreditations or certifications|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has produced on the requirement for building control permission for the installation of an additional bathroom in a domestic dwelling which does not otherwise require planning permission. 
Angela E. Smith: Part G of the building regulations (hygiene) requires any dwelling to have at least one bathroom with a fixed bath or shower; and the guidance in Approved Document G describes how sanitary conveniences, washing facilities etc. should be constructed and installed, whether located in the required bathroom or elsewhere. Building regulations apply to controlled building works irrespective of whether planning permission is required.
Yvette Cooper: Local authorities in England report the numbers of households (not families) on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. However, information on how many (a) UK citizens and (b) immigrants are on waiting lists for housing is not held centrally.
The number of households on local authority housing waiting lists, 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 and a copy has been place in the Library of the House:
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she received from non-governmental organisations representing planning and environmental concerns on the planning system prior to the publication of the planning white paper, Cm 7120; and what responses she made in each case. 
Yvette Cooper: A number of non-governmental organisations representing planning and environmental interests wrote or e-mailed with their views on the Barker report on Land Use Planning and the Eddington Review of Transport Infrastructure. There was also a wide range of meetings, discussions, and events at which representatives of those organisations presented their views.
The feedback we received from the range of events and representations from these organisations helped inform the development of the proposals which have now been put forward in the white paper Planning for a Sustainable Future (Cm 7120). There is an on-going process of stakeholder engagement in developing proposals for further reform of the planning system. We have invited views on a number of key proposals and other issues in the white paper and issued four consultation papers alongside the white paper on a number of detailed proposals. Formal consultation on these proposals will run until 17 August 2007.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the guidance to local authorities on (a) bidding for and (b) spending the funding from the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund. 
Ruth Kelly: I have placed a copy of the guidance on the funding process ('Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund: Guidance Note for Government Offices and Local Authorities in England', Feb 2007) in the Library of the House.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of key workers living in (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton constituency. 
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the relationship between the number of buy-to-let properties and trends in rent levels in the private rental sector in (a) Luton, (b) Bedfordshire and (c) England. 
Yvette Cooper: Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that the number of outstanding Buy-to-Let mortgages in England has increased from around 120,000 in 2000 to around 850,000 in 2006. Despite this increase, the private rented sector as a whole only increased over this period from about 10 per cent. to 12 per cent. of the total housing stock(1).
(1)( ) Source: CLG Survey of English Housing.
|Table 1( 1)|
|(1) These figures are best viewed graphically.|
In recent years, due to the increase in supply of private rented properties, driven by the growth in Buy-to-Let, private sector rents have not been rising as fast as house prices suggesting that the private rented sector provides a more affordable alternative to owner-occupation. This relationship is displayed in Table 2.
|Table 2( 1)|
|(1) These figures are best viewed graphically.|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether information held by Rightmove from home condition reports and home information packs will be included within the current and historic database that the Valuation Office Agency has access to under its ongoing contract with Rightmove. 
Ruth Kelly: There is no requirement for information from home information packs to be placed on the Rightmove website. Only information that has previously been freely available to the public on Rightmoves website is accessed by the Valuation Office Agency.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to Question 137090, on home inspectors, tabled by the hon. Member for Cotswold on 9 May. 
Annette Brooke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to process tax rebates for senior citizens with annuities through the Leicester and Northampton tax office was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Ed Balls: HMRC receives just under half a million repayment claims after the end of each tax year from customers who are outside PAYE or self assessment and who have had tax deducted from investment income, including retirement annuities. The Department aims to deal with 97 per cent. of repayment claims within 15 days and has exceeded this target during April and May 2007. Average time, or separate information for retirement annuitants or senior citizens, is not available. Recent changes mean that most retirement annuitants will no longer need to make annual claims.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many children under the age of 16 years in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK died from the juvenile form of rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997; 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent questions asking how many children under the age of 16 years in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have died from the juvenile form of rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997 (140826); and how many people have died in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South
Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK from rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997 (140828). I am replying in her absence.
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