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. 
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.
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. 
Caroline Flint: The case for the Canvey regeneration area has been subject to Her Majestys Treasurys 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.
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. 
Caroline Flint: As set out in the consultation document Eco-townsLiving 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.
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. 
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; 
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. 
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. 
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:
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. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people were employed in each parliamentary constituency in Wales in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, each constituency being ranked in order of percentage change in the number employed. 
The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows estimates of the total number of employed, for Welsh parliamentary constituencies. Estimates are obtained for the 12 month period ending in February 1997 from the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS). For the 12 month period ending March 2007 estimates have been provided from the Annual Population Survey (APS).
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in a small geographical area, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
|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
Annual Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey