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Departments: Official Visits

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within her Department's areas of responsibilities in the last 12 months. [149041]

Mr. Iain Wright: For the 12-month period June 2006 to June 2007 the amount spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government, excluding Government Offices, departmental agencies and NDPBs, was £928,118.

Departments: Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on private finance initiative projects for which her Department has responsibility in each of the last 10 years; and how much is projected to be spent in each of the next three years, broken down by local authority. [151527]

Mr. Iain Wright: This Department sponsors 45 signed local authority projects. The total revenue spent by the local authorities on those projects in the last 10 years and forecast for the next three years is as follows:


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£ million

1998-99

11

1999-2000

16

2000-01

19

2001-02

34

2002-03

42

2003-04

62

2004-05

81

2005-06

86

2006-07

117

2007-08

140

2008-09

152

2009-10

149

2010-11

146


Forecasts of revenue payments for any projects spending revenue in the next three years, but which are not yet signed, is not available.

Information on individual projects is available on the HM Treasury website at:

Departments: Racial Harassment

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which her Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months. [149257]

Mr. Iain Wright: There have been no formal complaints of racial abuse relating to staff in the Department in the last 12 months.

Departments: Standards

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Public Service Agreement targets have been (a) met and (b) not met by her Department. [152539]

Mr. Iain Wright: I refer the hon. Member to the Communities and Local Government Annual Report which was published on 17 May 2007. Departmental performance across the 10 public service agreement targets is set out in detail in chapters 3 to 9.

Disadvantaged: East Riding

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what programmes her Department is sponsoring in the East Riding of Yorkshire area to promote social inclusion. [151895]

Mr. Dhanda: The East Riding of Yorkshire receives funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government through its Local Area Agreement. This Neighbourhood Element funding is part of resources to build safer and stronger communities. It is up to local partners to decide exactly how these funds are spent, and there has been a focus on improving certain neighbourhoods in the coastal town of Bridlington.


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The Department also funds community cohesion activities by small grants distributed through regional Government Offices. The East Riding recently benefited from grants towards the Helping Hands project in Goole which offers support to migrant workers and their families, and towards the Wilberforce Way Walk to commemorate the abolition of slavery and promote community cohesion.

Goole also benefits from regional housing funding for its Advance Goole project to tackle private sector housing issues in part of the town. This aims to create a more mixed and sustainable market to help increase social inclusion.

Empty Property

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) buy-to-let properties and (b) empty buy-to-let properties there are in each local authority area. [149428]

Mr. Iain Wright: This information is not held centrally. Details on mortgage types, such as buy-to-let are held by the mortgage lenders.

Floods: Expenditure

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of the clear up operation to each affected local authority following recent flooding. [151454]

John Healey: It is too early to say what the cost will be to each affected local authority of the clear up operation following recent flooding. Local authorities are continuing to make their own assessments of the impact of the floods and of the work that will be needed for the recovery process and information improves by the day. We remain in close contact with the affected local authorities and continue to monitor the situation carefully as more information becomes available.

Homelessness: Ex-servicemen

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many former UK armed forces service personnel in (a) Leeds, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England are estimated to be homeless. [151446]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 23 July 2007]: The Department does not have a comprehensive estimate of the number of former armed forces service personnel that are homeless, but it does collect information on statutory homelessness from local authorities (which cover some ex-HM forces personnel).

Information about local authorities’ actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level, in respect of households rather than people.

Information reported includes the number of households accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority
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need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty. The duty owed to an accepted household is to secure suitable accommodation.

Based on information supplied by local authorities for 2006-07, around 50 households accepted as owed the main homelessness duty in England were in priority need primarily as a result of being vulnerable through having served in HM forces. Some authorities also report secondary priority need categories (when an household falls in to more than one priority need group), and there were an additional 40 households reported here. In total, this represents 0.1 per cent. of all acceptances in the year.

In the same year, around 200 households accepted as owed the main homelessness duty cited the reason for loss of their last settled home as having left HM forces, representing 0.3 per cent. of acceptances.

A table has been placed in the Library which shows the number of household acceptances who have (i) the primary and (ii) the secondary priority need of being vulnerable through having served in HM forces, and (iii) cited the reason for loss of last settled home as having left HM forces. The data are provided for all local authorities, including Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

It is important to note that many of those households with the HM forces priority need may also have the reason for loss of having left HM forces accommodation, and so there is likely to be some overlap between the two sets of figures.

Housing: Building Regulations

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether building regulations apply to the construction of porches outside a domestic dwelling. [152515]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Building Regulations 2000 do not apply to porches constructed at ground level which are less than 30 square metres in area provided they comply with the relevant parts of Approved Documents Part N—Glazing, and Part P—Electrical Safety.

Housing: Finance

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much housing funding was provided by the Government in each county of England in each year since 1997. [147699]

Mr. Iain Wright: The total housing funding for each county in the year 2005-06 is in the following table. Figures for other years can be obtained only at disproportionate cost owing to the complexity involved in compiling data on a county-wise basis across so many different funding programmes.

Funding for housing comprises both direct investment and supported investment. Direct investment includes housing capital grants, Housing Corporation capital investment, housing market renewal funding, disabled facilities grants, transfer gap funding and Gypsy sites grants. Housing capital grants are not provided direct to counties but to district councils.


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Supported investment includes housing revenue account (HRA) subsidy in the form of major repairs allowance, ALMOs supported borrowing allocations and LAs supported capital expenditure allocations.

Total government investment in housing 2005-06
County Total (£)

Avon

61,059,286

Bedfordshire

24,435,315

Berkshire

45,431,667

Buckinghamshire

49,043,888

Cambridgeshire

37,218,319

Cheshire

46,811,477

Cleveland

25,568,908

Cornwall

29,766,397

Cumbria

24,486,059

Derbyshire

75,691,163

Devon

49,256,868

Dorset

47,636,765

Durham

46,988,587

East Sussex

44,158,644

Essex

143,657,206

Gloucestershire

37,107,148

Greater Manchester

427,493,162

Hampshire

90,572,099

Hereford and Worcester

32,429,370

Hertfordshire

68,952,897

Humberside

57,385,753

Inner London

781,578,439

Isle of Wight

10,472,631

Kent

78,915,070

Lancashire

133,873,129

Leicestershire

63,339,544

Lincolnshire

29,000,383

Merseyside

139,616,618

North Yorkshire

36,252,043

Norfolk

42,314,655

Northamptonshire

47,064,168

Northumberland

33,402,565

Nottinghamshire

84,136,970

Outer London

749,483,158

Oxfordshire

20,736,123

South Yorkshire

281,113,551

Shropshire

33,226,042

Somerset

17,260,609

Staffordshire

167,575,689

Suffolk

18,680,395

Surrey

61,525,233

Tyne and Wear

118,352,732

West Midlands

238,475,063

West Yorkshire

278,699,223

Warwickshire

21,557,294

West Sussex

34,026,191

Wiltshire

21,245,956


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