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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to enable voluntary and private sector providers to deliver Pathways to Work services at a sub-regional level. 
Caroline Flint: Pathways to Work is currently being delivered to 40 per cent. of the country by Jobcentre Plus. We have invited private, voluntary and public sector providers to bid for contracts to deliver Pathways to Work in the remaining 60 per cent. of the country. Contract areas will be based on Jobcentre Plus Districts rather than regions. This is being tendered in two waves with the first 15 districts going live in December 2007 and the remaining 16 districts in April 2008.
Mr. Touhig: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average payment will be under the Financial Assistance Scheme for a member of the Abingdon Carpets pension scheme; 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Abingdon Carpets pension scheme qualified for Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) on 25 October 2005. Five members of the scheme are currently in receipt of FAS initial payments, these are currently set at 60 per cent. of the expected core pension, but will rise to 80 per cent. once the scheme fully winds up.
Under the changes to the FAS announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Statement on 21 March 2007, all qualifying members of a qualifying pension scheme stand to receive 80 per cent. of their expected core pension (subject to the cap)
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. The constituency used for the state pension data is that used for the Westminster Parliament.
DWP Information Directorate, Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.
Mr. Dhanda: The Department for Communities and Local Government does not carry out assessments on the level of anti-Semitism in the UK. However, hate crime of this nature is a matter the police take seriously. There is good cooperation between the Community Security Trust and police forces in areas with a significant Jewish community.
Mr. Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses are planned to be built (a) in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and (b) in Newcastle upon Tyne North constituency in each of the next five years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Plans for new housing will be developed in the context of sub-regional housing strategies. The Housing Green Paper will set out ways to increase the supply of affordable housing, with a bigger role for local authorities.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of council houses were classified as non-decent (a) in 2004 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available; and how many and what proportion of the total stock of council houses are awaiting repair. 
Mr. Iain Wright: In 2004 the English Housing Condition Survey estimated there were 800,000 non-decent council homes representing 35 per cent. of the total council stock. Latest figures from the survey for 2005 estimate a reduction to 730,000 non-decent homes, 34 per cent. of total stock.
The survey also indicates that, among those non-decent homes, 185,000 failed its repair criterion, representing 8 per cent. of total council stock in 2004. For 2005 the figures are 150,000 failing the repair criterion, representing 7 per cent. of total council stock.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for the council tax collection rates of (a) Manchester, (b) Salford and (c) Hackney councils in 2006-07. 
John Healey: The collection and enforcement of council tax is a matter for individual billing authorities. Communities and Local Government has made no assessment of the reasons for 2006-07 collection rates in Manchester, Salford or Hackney. Across England, in-year collection of council tax rose for the seventh successive year in 2006-07, to 96.9 per cent. of the total collectable.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities pursue council tax arrears using petitions for bankruptcy; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue guidance to local authorities on the pursuance of council tax arrears using petitions for bankruptcy; and if she will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/613) provide billing authorities with a range of powers to enforce payment of council tax from those who refuse to pay. It is up to each billing authority to consider how best to use these powers in the interests of all their taxpayers who do pay their bills. The Department has no plans to issue guidance on using petitions for bankruptcy.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the right hon. Member for Hull East met (a) directors,
representatives or lawyers acting for and (b) employees of (i) Berkeley Group Holdings plc, (ii) St. George plc, (iii) Berkeley Homes plc, (iv) St. James Group Ltd, (v) Berkeley First Ltd, (vi) Berkeley Commercial Development Ltd and (vii) Berkeley Strategic Land Ltd in a ministerial capacity since June 1997; and whether any officials in her Department held such meetings. 
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many ministerial red boxes her Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what tendering process was used in selecting them. 
|Number of ministerial red boxes||Total cost (£)|
Mr. Iain Wright: Based on our most recent sample survey of staff we estimate that 93 per cent. of staff working at London headquarters use public transport for the main part of their journey to work. The Department makes provision for those who wish to cycle to work but limited car parking is only provided for those with medically certified requirements. Loans are available for either season ticket or cycle purchase to encourage the use of these modes of transport.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications for housing developments in London on brownfield sites were rejected by the Planning Inspectorate in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The Planning Inspectorate does not record information centrally relating specifically to planning applications on brownfield sites being rejected. It cannot be retrieved without disproportionate cost.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average age of (a) males and (b) females, when they move out of the parental home; and what the average age of first time buyers in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England was in each year since 1997. 
Based on the Survey of English Housing for 2005-06, the average age of males when leaving the parental home in England was estimated at 25 years. The average age for females in England was estimated at 22 years.
|Median age of first time buyer: UK|
| Source: CML.|
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 77W, on Floods: Milton Keynes, (1) why Milton Keynes Unitary Authority did not receive a payment from the Flood Recovery Grant Scheme; 
John Healey: As announced by the Prime Minister on 7 July, the £10 million Flood Recovery Grant Scheme was established to support the work being undertaken by local authorities in helping their communities to recover from the exceptional and widespread flooding which had occurred.
Our particular intention was that authorities should use it to help those in greatest and most immediate need, and on that basis we developed a methodology which balanced fairness with moving rapidly to announcing allocations. Informed by a brief and useful consultation with local government, I allocated grant on the basis of the relative numbers of households affected by flooding in lower-tier local authority areas. This was explained in the letters sent by officials notifying chief executives that grant had been allocated to their authorities. The allocations confirmed on both 13 and 20 July were based on the best available such information held at the time of decision.
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