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Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether eco-towns will count towards a local authority's building targets as set out in regional spatial strategies. 
Caroline Flint: As we have set out in the consultation document, Eco-townsLiving a greener future, at Annex A, paragraph 6 we are expecting eco-towns to contribute significantly to meet revised targets in the emerging regional spatial strategies and have assured local authorities which include an eco-town in their future housing plans that it will count towards current and future housing targets, which in many cases are likely to be more stretching.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities are being instructed to undertake green belt reviews as a consequence of the provisions of each regional spatial strategy. 
Mr. Iain Wright: No local planning authorities have been instructed to undertake green belt reviews. The Governments policy on green belts is set out in planning policy guidance note 2 (PPG2). Green belts have performed an important role in preventing urban sprawl and protecting the countryside for 50 years. It continues to be a matter for local authorities and regional assemblies to look at how the green belt best protects the countryside and guards against inappropriate development.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the meaning is of the phrase adjustment of green belt boundaries, as referred to in the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy Phase Two Revision. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The reference to adjustment of green belt boundaries is unchanged from the published RSS but the draft phase two revision expands on the circumstances where adjustment might be made. This wording represents the West Midlands regional assemblys proposals which will be subject to an examination in public next spring.
Mr. Iain Wright:
The following table shows the number of properties disposed of by RSLs in each year since 1999-2000. The figures are taken from the annual Regulatory Statistical Return showing right to buy (RTB), right to acquire (RTA), Voluntary Purchase Grant (VPG) and later, Social HomeBuy (from 2006) (SHB), disposals
to other RSLs, disposals to the private sector (for example property built for outright sale, market rented property, former social housing sold at auction or on
the open market) and other disposals (for example local authorities, health authorities and organisations like English Partnerships).
|Number of properties disposed of by RSLs since 1999-2000|
1. Data for disposals to other RSLs, to the private sector and other non-social housing before the years 2004-05 was collected in a different form and is not comparable. Therefore they have been omitted.
2. As part of reducing the regulatory burden RSLs in the size range 250 to 999 units were exempted from the return in 2006-07 with regards to disposals to other RSLs, to the private sector and other non-social housing (previously this threshold was less than 250 units).
3. Some of these units may not have been in social housing use at the time of the disposal.
4. Data for 2007-08 is not yet available.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of out-of-borough temporary accommodation placements made by each London local authority in each of the last five years. 
Information collected includes the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty (to secure that suitable accommodation is available). If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.
Information on the numbers of households being housed in various types of temporary accommodation (TA) is reported quarterly by local authorities as at the last day of each quarter. The figures include: those households who have been accepted as owed the main homelessness duty; those for which inquiries are pending; those being accommodated for a limited period because they have been found intentionally homeless and in priority need; those being accommodated pending possible referral to another authority, and those being accommodated pending the outcome of a local authority review or county court appeal.
The following table shows the number of households in temporary accommodation by each London borough as at 31 March, and those of which were housed in another local authority district, from 2003-04 to 2007-08:
|No. in TA||Of which: i n another LA district||No. in TA||Of which: i n another LA district||No. in TA||Of which: i n another LA district||No. in TA||Of which: i n another LA district||No. in TA||Of which: i n another LA district|
|(1) Denotes data not reported.|
CLG P1E data
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