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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. 
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.
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. 
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:
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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 reported includes the number of households accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority
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.
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 NGlazing, and Part PElectrical Safety.
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.
|Total government investment in housing 2005-06|
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