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Mortgages

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) mean and (b) median monthly mortgage payments were (a) for all households and (b) for households at each level of disposable income in (i) England and (ii) each region in England in each of the last five years. [240884]

Mr. Iain Wright: Estimates of the mean monthly mortgage payment for all households taking out a new mortgage for house purchase during the year, in (i) England and (ii) each region in England in each of the last five years are given in the following table.

Estimates for median monthly mortgage payments and data for households at each level of disposable income are not available.

Estimated mean monthly mortgage payments for all households taking out a new mortgage for house purchase during the year
£ per month

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

North East

370

466

535

594

687

North West

420

525

597

659

759

Yorkshire and the Humber

408

509

587

652

744

East Midlands

457

561

629

672

763

West Midlands

472

577

646

715

798

East

603

712

789

855

981

London

832

1,022

1,134

1,251

1,486

South East

693

811

895

981

1,128

South West

551

645

727

806

921

England

563

684

773

851

981

Note:
Assumes repayment mortgage over 25 years.
Sources:
Regulated Mortgage Survey and the Council of Mortgage Lenders

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Ordnance Survey

John Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions have taken place between Ordnance Survey and Google on the use of Ordnance Survey licence data on Google maps; and if she will make a statement. [240501]

Mr. Iain Wright: In recent weeks Ordnance Survey has held a number of discussions with Google‚"Ę UK, including a face to face meeting with a representative of the company, to discuss the terms and conditions under which users of the Google Maps UK applications programming interface (API) may overlay and display their own and third party intellectual property onto the API.

Ordnance Survey is concerned that these terms and conditions require a user to grant Google a

These terms and conditions grant Google these rights over any data or information posted onto the API by a user, including the users' own intellectual property and the intellectual property of any third party whose information they use. This includes any Crown copyright information which a user posts onto the Google Maps API. This grant of rights to Google goes beyond the terms of the user's licence with Ordnance Survey.

As a result of Ordnance Survey's representations, Google has changed the terms and conditions on two occasions within the past month. However each revised version retains the particular clause of concern. Ordnance Survey continues to work with Google to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.

Rents

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) mean and (b) median monthly expenditure on private rent after deduction of housing benefit was of (i) all private rented households and (ii) private rented households at each level of disposable income (A) in England and (B) in each region in England. [240881]

Mr. Iain Wright: The mean and median monthly expenditure on private rents (after deduction of housing benefit) by private renting households is set out in Table 1 for each Government office region and for England. The figures represent an average over the three-year period 2004-05 to 2006-07 and are derived from the Survey of English Housing. Figures based on a period of less than three years would not be sufficiently reliable.


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Table 1: Private rents after deduction of housing benefit by region, 2004-05 to 2006-07
£ per month
Government office region Mean Median

North East

217

216

North West

250

228

Yorkshire and The Humber

237

233

East Midlands

287

297

West Midlands

277

275

Eastern

390

399

London

603

546

South East

409

394

South West

335

309

England

386

325


Table 2 shows the mean and median monthly rents (after deduction of housing benefit) disaggregated by the gross weekly income accruing to the main householder and partner (if any): below £200 per week; £200 to below £500 per week; and £500 per week or more. The figures represent an average over the three-year period 2004-05 to 2006-07 and are derived from the Survey of English Housing. Figures based on a period of less than three years would not be sufficiently reliable.

Table 2: Private rents after deduction of housing benefit by income group and by region, 2004-05 to 2006-07
Gross weekly income Gross weekly income
< £ 200 £ 200- £ 499 £ 500+ < £ 200 £ 200- £ 499 £ 500+
Government office region Mean monthly rent (after housing benefit ) M edian monthly rent (after housing benefit )

North East

110

235

360

38

233

364

North West

131

280

408

69

286

410

Yorkshire and The Humber

124

213

411

65

235

415

East Midlands

144

297

410

97

348

442

West Midlands

149

299

443

98

327

433

Eastern

156

355

547

56

379

550

London

221

444

861

49

387

805

South East

186

349

559

65

344

550

South West

151

296

480

50

299

498

England

159

323

596

61

312

550


The rental figures that were included in the derivation of the figures in Tables 1 and 2 included a number of “zero” rents. These cases arose because the rent for the accommodation was fully covered by the amount of housing benefit received—so the rental expenditure net of housing benefit was zero.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Overseas Students

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Australian nationals were engaged in full-time study at UK universities at the latest date for which figures are available. [240852]

Mr. Lammy: In the 2006/07 academic year there were 1,040 Australian domiciled students enrolled on full-time courses at UK Higher Education Institutions. Comparable figures for the 2007/08 academic year will be available in January 2009.


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Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Overseas Trade: Australia

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the monetary value of trade between the UK and Australia was in each of the last five years. [240850]

Mr. Thomas: The data requested are shown in the following table

£ million

UK exports of goods to Australia UK exports of services to Australia UK imports of goods from Australia UK imports of services from Australia

2003

2289

2023

1789

1476

2004

2455

2297

1868

1391

2005

2580

2713

2100

1869

2006

2488

2778

2107

1809

2007

2610

3205

2241

1780

Source:
UK Balance of Payments Pink Book, 2008 edition

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