Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the letters of support for the shortlisted eco-town locations from (a) the Highways Agency, (b) the Environment Agency and (c) Natural England. 
Caroline Flint: The initial identification of issues reflecting comments by these Agencies is summarised for each location in the recently published consultation documentEco-townsLiving a greener future. This summarises the issues facing each shortlisted location and assesses both the benefits of the schemes and the challenges, as communicated to Communities and Local Government by all those agencies with an interest, including those related to transport and the environment. Copies of the consultation document are available in the House Library. Assessment of the issues and challenges for each location by the Agencies and other partners is continuing and will be set out in more detail in a draft Sustainability Appraisal on the locations and a draft policy statement, which we expect to publish for further consultation in July.
Caroline Flint: Neither the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government nor Ministers in her Department have held meetings with representatives of bidders from the shortlisted eco-town bidders. Ministerial meetings will be held with them all in due course.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the role and purpose of the Eco-Towns Challenge Panel is; whether it will provide advice on which eco-towns proposed should be submitted for planning approval; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) how the members of the Eco-Towns Challenge panel were selected; what the basis was of the establishment of the panel; how much it is estimated to cost each year; and what remuneration is paid to its members. 
Caroline Flint: The Eco-Towns Challenge was set up specifically to be a short-term independent panel that would work with bidders to improve their schemes during the first stage of the process for taking eco-towns forward (as set out in Eco-townsLiving a greener future).
Members of the panel were selected for their expertise in matters of environment, sustainability, transport and design. Each member will be paid the Government rate of £350 per day when they are working for the panel. At present three panel meetings have been scheduled in May and June, but we anticipate a further round of meetings.
Caroline Flint: The Eco-towns Challenge was set up to be a short term independent panel that would work with bidders to improve their plans, and declarations of political activities are not required for expert panels of this type. Members of the panel were selected for their expertise in matters of environment, sustainability, transport and design.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department and its agencies have to use the New Towns Act 1981 to establish delivery vehicles for eco-towns. 
the task of infrastructure provision and related investment was of a scale where a statutory body would have significant advantages;
there was a major risk of land assembly and the need for special powers was evident; and
the ability of a statutory body to bring forward development more quickly was a significant factor.
A list of the bids which were not on the shortlist published on 3 April is set out in the consultation document Eco-townsLiving a greener
future. Based on the information received in relation to these bids, the areas in which they are located are set out as follows:
|(1 )A further review of locations is taking place in Rushcliffe and in Leeds city region as set out in the consultation document.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 consultation procedures for eco-towns, what opportunities there will be for members of the public to participate in the consultation process; and what level of detail relating to each proposal will be available at each stage. 
There will be considerable opportunity for public consultation at Stage 2 of the eco-towns consultation procedures, as there is currently during Stage 1. Over the next three months we are consulting on preliminary views on eco-town benefits and the
shortlisted locations, as set out in the consultation document Eco-townsLiving a greener future. Bidders are publicising further details of schemes and holding consultation events, with input from local authorities. The arrangements will vary according to the location and the status of the schemes being developed. My Department will also be commissioning exhibition and consultation events about the eco-towns concept and the proposals in the consultation paper.
Stage 3 of the process, as set out in Eco-townsLiving a greener future, will be the stage at which we publish the final list of locations with potential to be an eco-town and the final Eco-towns Policy Statement. After this it will be for individual schemes on the final shortlist to come forward with planning applications.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy performance certificates (EPCs) have been recorded on the EPC register; and how many home condition reports (HCRs) have been recorded on the HCR register. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) data fields and (b) property attributes are held on the (i) Energy Performance Certificate and (ii) Home Condition Report register. 
Caroline Flint: The data fields and property attributes that are held on the (Domestic) Energy Performance Certificate and Home Condition Report Registers for dwellings, are defined in the document entitled, Technical Standards Enumerated Values. This document forms part of the Certification and Accreditation Scheme Technical Standards and can be found on the Communities and Local Government website: