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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to review the operation and effectiveness of the home information pack scheme. 
Caroline Flint: We continue to keep the implementation of Home Information Packs (HIPs) under review in light of market conditions. An evaluation of the HIPs programme is currently planned for 2010 by updating The HIPs Baseline Research Report, published in January 2007 and which is available on our website at:
We will keep the timing of this evaluation under review in order that it should take place after the housing market has returned to more normal conditions and to enable the identification of the impacts of HIPs separately from wider housing market effects.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of households presenting as homeless were accepted as such in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each London local authority in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 14 July 2008]: Information about English local housing authorities' actions under the homelessness legislation (part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level.
Under the legislation, authorities must secure suitable accommodation for applicants accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need (or take steps to secure that accommodation does not cease to be available if the applicant is likely to become homeless within 28 days). CLG's quarterly homelessness Statistical Release refers to these duties as the main homelessness duties and relevant applicants are recorded as homeless acceptances.
Two tables have been placed in the Library. Table A shows the number of eligible applicants for whom a decision was taken, and the number and proportion where the applicant was found to be eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty, between 2003-04 and 2007-08, by local authority. Note that the decision figures exclude applications by households not eligible for assistance under the legislation.
Table B shows the same data for each Government office region and for England.
The following table contains extracts from these two tables and shows the proportion of applicants for whom a decision was taken where the outcome was that the applicant was accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty, between 2003-04 and 2007-08, by Government office region and London local authority:
|(1) Data not reported|
CLG P1E data
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