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Local Authorities: Housing

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to local authorities on their strategic roles in housing in changing market conditions. [201413]

Mr. Iain Wright: As part of their statutory responsibilities we expect local authorities to provide advice and assistance to households threatened with homelessness. We are providing homelessness grant to all councils in England totalling £150 million over the next three years.

All local authorities should be supporting their local money advice agencies to advise people on how they can avoid getting into unnecessary debt. Local authorities will negotiate with individual lenders on a case by case basis where repossession is threatened. We are also working with local authorities to ensure that Court Desk sendees are available to people facing repossession action so that they have legal representation on the day. These areas of work are covered in “Preventing Homelessness: A Strategy Health Check” which we published in September 2006 as a toolkit for local authorities, and continue to use in our work to support local authorities in implementing their local homelessness strategies.

We aim to publish guidance to local authorities about the local authority strategic housing role later in the year, encouraging local authorities to assess and plan for the current and future housing needs of the local population across all tenures. This guidance will supplement the capacity building support that we have funded the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) to provide to help local authorities deliver their strategic housing role.

Local Authorities: Manpower

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the number of people employed by each local authority who have a learning disability. [206508]

John Healey: Information on the number of people employed by each local authority who have a learning disability is not held centrally.

Regional Planning and Development: Canvey Island

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the economic impact of the Canvey Island Seafront Improvement scheme. [204600]

Caroline Flint: The case for the Canvey regeneration area has been subject to Her Majesty’s Treasury’s Green Book appraisal. A number of studies provided evidence to support the improvements, which are part of a wider programme for regenerating Castle Point within the Thames Gateway.


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Regional Planning and Development: Eco-Towns

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the homes provided in eco-town developments are to be included in the local authority's allocation under the regional spatial strategies. [202651]

Caroline Flint: As set out in the consultation document “Eco-towns—Living a greener future” we expect eco-towns to contribute significantly to help to meet those revised targets for additional housing and we want to assure local authorities, which include an eco-town in their future housing plans that it will, of course, count towards those future housing targets, which in most places are likely to be more stretching. The Housing Green Paper made clear that the housing numbers in existing and in some cases emerging plans were not high enough to address the pressing problem of long-term housing need and affordability. We are therefore aiming to complete a further set of Regional Spatial Strategy partial reviews by 2011 that will include revised housing numbers for local planning authorities that are consistent with our national aim to deliver 240,000 homes per year by 2016.

Duchy of Lancaster

Admiralty House

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1692W, on Admiralty House: official residences, what payments have been made from the public purse in respect of damage to the Admiralty House residences since 2001. [205395]

Phil Hope: The Cabinet Office is not aware of any such damage

Departmental Equality

Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether the Cabinet Office met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008; [204701]

(2) whether the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons met the Civil Service diversity targets by April 2008, as set out in the Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007, page 51. [205113]

Edward Miliband: The office of the Leader of the House of Commons forms an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

The latest published statistics against overall civil service targets were at October 2007. The statistics can be viewed on the civil service website at:

and copies have been placed in the Library of the House for the reference of Members. The final measurement against the targets will be published in autumn 2008.

The Cabinet Office's progress against these targets will be published in its departmental annual report.


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Departmental ICT

Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to his staff were reported (i) lost, (ii) missing and (iii) stolen in each year since 2001. [184346]

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of his Department's personal digital assistants were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those items was. [185279]

Phil Hope: Cabinet Office central records show the numbers of mobile phones, personal digital assistants and laptop computers issued to staff and reported lost, missing and stolen in each year since 2001 are as follows:

Mobile phones PDAs Laptops

2001

0

0

1

2002

2

0

0

2003

3

0

9

2004

1

1

6

2005

1

2

1

2006

8

0

0

2007

6

1

3


The value of the personal digital assistants lost and stolen is £1,186.06.

Employment: Wales

Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed in each parliamentary constituency in Wales in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, ranked in order of percentage change in the number employed. [205301]

Phil Hope: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 May 2008:


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Table 1: number of people employed age 16+ in Welsh parliamentary constituencies 1997 and 2007
12 months ending
February 1997 (T housand) March 2007 ( T housand) Percentage change between 1997 and 2007

Caernarfon

24

33

38

Delyn

26

33

31

Ynys-Mon

23

30

29

Clwyd West

26

34

29

Vale of Clwyd

23

29

27

Vale of Glamorgan

37

45

21

Wrexham

28

34

21

Swansea West

25

30

22

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

28

34

20

Aberavon

22

26

19

Clwyd South

30

35

18

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

25

29

17

Islwyn

25

29

16

Caerphilly

33

38

16

Llanelli

27

31

14

Bridgend

33

37

14

Newport East

32

36

13

Swansea East

31

35

13

Cardiff North

39

44

11

Preseli Pembrokeshire

30

33

10

Cynon Valley

22

25

11

Rhondda

26

29

9

Ceredigion

31

33

9

Pontypridd

40

43

8

Gower

32

35

7

Blaenau Gwent

26

28

7

Newport West

34

37

6

Brecon and Radnorshire

30

32

6

Monmouth

36

38

6

Montgomeryshire

28

29

6

Cardiff West

35

36

2

Conwy

28

28

0

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

29

29

-2

Alyn and Deeside

42

41

-2

Cardiff Central

35

34

-2

Cardiff South and Penarth

37

36

-3

Neath

32

30

-6

Torfaen

38

36

-6

Ogmore

34

28

-20

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy

20

15

-22

Source:
Annual Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey

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