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Caroline Flint: The Housing Corporation launched two new HomeBuy products on 1 April including MyChoiceHomeBuy, and funds have been available through the Housing Corporation's Affordable Housing Programme since 1 April. No applications or completions have been made since the scheme was launched, but the new products have generated a lot of interest. Formal applications are not made until someone has found a property. We would expect completions to take place between three to six months as with any house purchase. In the meantime, applications and completions continue from the 2006 to 2008 HomeBuy programme.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of households which will participate in each of the three HomeBuy programmes in 2008-09. 
Caroline Flint: We currently estimate that the total number of households assisted through the Housing Corporations Affordable Housing Programme Open Market HomeBuy scheme in 2008-09 will be 4,600. For New Build HomeBuy, our current estimate of households to be assisted through this scheme is around 17,000 in 2008-09. Both of these estimates are subject to market forces.
We have not set individual targets for Open Market HomeBuy or NewBuild HomeBuy to ensure flexibility within the Housing Corporations Affordable Housing Programme 2008-11. Social HomeBuy is a demand-led product for social tenants and as such no targets are associated with this programme.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the £200 million announced on 14 May 2008 to purchase new properties from house builders is additional housing expenditure or will replace existing Housing Corporation spending on affordable housing. 
Caroline Flint: The £200 million announced on 14 May will be used by the Housing Corporation to fund RSLs and others to purchase new properties from house builders. It is part of the unallocated grant funding for the current financial year from within the Housing Corporations Affordable Housing Programme budget for 2008-11.
We are allowing the Housing Corporation flexibility to take advantage of opportunities offered by the current housing market to fund RSLs and others to buy unsold stock from developers at competitive rates with a view to provision of either social rent or low cost home ownership. This will enable RSLs and others to take advantage of the competitive rates offered by the current market as well as helping developers at a challenging time in the new build market.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) homes have been built and (b) homes have been demolished with Pathfinder support in each housing market renewal Pathfinder area in each year up to 31st March 2008; and how much was spent in each Pathfinder area on such activities in each year. 
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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been (a) acquired, (b) demolished, (c) refurbished and (d) built in each of the housing renewal pathfinder areas since 31 December 2006; and if she will make a statement. 
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