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Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable new homes have been built in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. 
The following table shows the number of new affordable homes built in South Tyneside local authority, the North East and England for each year from 1997-98. The figures include social rent and intermediate affordable housing new build; they exclude affordable housing acquisitions.
|New build affordable homes in South Tyneside, North East and England|
|South Tyneside||North East||England|
Local authority returns to Communities and Local Government.
Statistics on affordable housing supply (new build and acquisitions) for England were published in the Communities and Local Government Statistics Release of 12 June and accompanying live tables. The web links are show as follows:
Link to Affordable Housing Statistics Release is available at:
Link to Affordable Housing Live Tables are available at:
Mr. Iain Wright: Between 2002 and 2007, 2,974 net affordable homes have been completed in Essex, representing almost 9 per cent. of total net completed dwellings. For the same period, Castle Point delivered 29 net affordable homes (during 2004-05 only) which represents 3 per cent. of their total net completed dwellings.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the target of an additional three million affordable homes to be met; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The Government's proposals are set out in the Green Paper, Homes for the Future: more affordable, more sustainable (CM 7191), copies of which are available in the Library of the House.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to (a) collect information and (b) report on the average allowances paid per member by each (i) county council and (ii) borough council. 
John Healey: We have no plans to collect or report on allowances paid to local authority members, which are matters for each council to decide, having regard to the recommendations of their independent remuneration panel and on which the council is accountable to their local electorate.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will make it her policy to (a) collect information and (b) report on the level of spending on hospitality by each (i) county council and (ii) borough council; 
John Healey: The Government have no plans to collect information or require councils to report on the level of spending on hospitality or on air travel. Local authorities are independent bodies accountable to their electorate and decisions on these matters are a matter for each authority.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 27 February 2008, Official Report, column 1604W, when her Department plans to publish the cross-government action plan on the local impacts of migration. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many premises received small business rate relief in each of the last five years in (a) Castle Point and (b) Essex. 
John Healey: Castle Point borough council reported there were 625 businesses in their area in receipt of small business rate relief as at 31 December 2006, the only year for which this information is currently available.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the planning application for Hunts Grove was called in by her Department; which persons supported call-in; what the cost of this further inquiry was; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The application for development at Hunts Grove was called in by the Secretary of State because she considered that the proposal may conflict with national policies on important matters in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing [PPS3]. She also wished to be sure of the extent to which the proposed development accords with the current and draft Regional Spatial Strategy, the adopted Gloucestershire Structure Plan; and the Stroud Local Plan. A letter sent to Stroud district council explained these reasons more fully. I understand that a copy of this letter was sent to my hon. Friend by my noble Friend Baroness Andrews, but I will ensure that a further copy is provided.
The overall cost of the inquiry is not known. Stroud district council would have provided the venue and borne the cost of their legal and other representatives both before and during the inquiry. In this type of inquiry the Planning Inspector's costs are not recharged to the council but are borne by the Planning Inspectorate which is an agency of the Secretary of State's Department.
Mr. Dhanda: The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government aims to publish proposed changes to the East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (the draft East Midlands Regional Plan) this summer.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any core strategies have been rejected or found unsound by planning inspectors due to insufficient consideration given to planning for (a) green field and (b) green belt development; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Iain Wright: No core strategy development plan document will have been found unsound purely on the basis of the consideration of green field or green belt land for housing because the issue of housing land will have been looked at on a comprehensive basis, taking into account all sources of potential supply.
Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she has assessed the effect of the increase in privately rented accommodation on (a) community relations and (b) neighbour disputes; 
(3) what assessment she has made of trends in the proportion of privately-rented properties owned by absent landlords on former council estates over the last 20 years; and what assessment she has made of the effects of such trends. 
Mr. Iain Wright: This information is not held centrally. However, as part of their strategic housing role, local housing authorities make assessments of the extent, condition and location of the private rented stock in their areas together with the impact on local communities.
Where local housing authorities consider that there is a need to exert more control on the management of the private rented sector in specific neighbourhoods in their area, it is open to them to introduce selective licensing regimes alongside other strategic initiatives and subject to the consent of the Secretary of State. So far, seven such schemes have been introduced by five local authorities. We are aware of several other schemes in preparation. The Department has commissioned an independent review of the private rented sector which may offer a view on the issues raised. It is scheduled to report in October 2008.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of private tenants in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The following table respectively shows the number of private sector dwellings completed in Essex and Castle Point over period 2002-2007. These figures do not indicate the number of private sector tenants over that period, since it is not possible to estimate the number of tenants residing in a property at any one time.
|Private sector (n on RSL) dwelling stock position 2002-07|
No county court caters only for repossession actions relating to properties in the Castle Point constituency. The civil procedure rules state that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. As county courts' jurisdictions are not coterminous with the borough boundaries, any single court's repossession actions are likely to relate to homes in a number of different boroughs.
|Table 1: Mortgage( 1) possession orders( 2,) ( 3) in the county courts( 4) of Essex since 2003|
|(1) Mortgage possession data include all types of lenders whether local authority or private.|
(2) The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.
(3) Includes suspended orders and orders made.
(4) Does not include the small number of possession actions entered in the High Court.
(5) The rollout of the Possession Claim On-Line (PCOL) system in late 2006 has affected the availability of court and county level data on possession orders. It is only possible to provide court level figures for those courts with direct on-site PCOL access for 2007. Upward adjustments have been made for the missing data at HMCS regional level, hence the figures for the South East are provided. Source:
Ministry of Defence
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