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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers there were in England in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion of these were estimated to be military veterans. 
Mr. Iain Wright: A national estimate of the number of rough sleepers in England is published every September. The estimate is based on the results of local authority street counts in those areas where a known, or suspected, rough sleeping problem has been identified. The following table sets out the national rough sleeping estimate over each of the last 10 years.
We do not hold national data on the proportion of rough sleepers who are military veterans. However, there is specific data for London provided under the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) recording system. In 2006-07, for those rough sleepers in London contacted by services, CHAIN records show around 5 per cent. of rough sleepers had spent time in the armed forces in the past.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints were (a) made to, (b) investigated by, (c) dismissed by and (d) upheld by the Standards Board
for England in each of the last five years; and what sanctions were imposed in each case upheld by the Board. 
The information requested, which has been provided by the Standards Board, is set out in the
following table. The power to impose sanctions rests with either a local authority standards committee or the Adjudication Panel for England, following their consideration of the results of the investigations by either a local authority monitoring officer or one of the Standards Boards ethical standards officers.
|(1) Direction issued by an ESO to a local authority monitoring officer for action falling short of full investigation, for example conciliation or training to be undertaken by the member.|
Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact his proposals for changes in the capital gains tax regime applied to second homes will have on the housing market in rural areas. 
Jane Kennedy: The 2007 pre-Budget report announced a reform of the capital gains tax regime for individuals. The impact on investors will depend on their personal circumstances and economic conditions more generally. The Government continue to monitor such issues.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Polish children living in Poland are in receipt of (a) child tax credits and (b) child benefit; and how much was spent on those payments in the last year for which figures are available. 
[holding answer 17 January 2008]: Further to the answer given on 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 1018W, to the hon. Member
for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond), at the end of September 2007, out of the 16,286 ongoing awards to Polish nationals, child benefit was being paid for around 26,000 children. The other information requested is not available.
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