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As a consequence of this rescheduling the London cutover moves forward relative to other regions with the entire network due to be in place by February 2012, under current planning assumptions. We will continue to work closely with the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority to review preparations.

The Home Office is leading work with other Government Departments, the Police and emergency services to develop the Safety and Security plan for the 2012 Games. The DCLG is working closely with the Fire and Rescue Service and other stakeholders on planning and coordination requirements as part of this process.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable will be for her Department’s proposed expenditure analysis review of fire and rescue services. [243024]

Mr. Khan: The Government are currently reviewing the fire and rescue relative needs formula used in the Formula Grant distribution system. Options arising from this review will be consulted upon in summer 2010, with any changes implemented for the next three year settlement (i.e. from 2011-12).

FireBuy

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department plans to continue the revenue funding of FireBuy's strategic procurement role; and if she will make a statement; [242388]

(2) if she will review the governance arrangement in FireBuy as part of her response to the outcomes of the consultation on the National Procurement Strategy; and if she will make a statement. [242755]

Mr. Khan: Views on the future funding, governance and delivery of the national procurement function, currently provided by Firebuy Ltd., were sought as part of the consultation on the National Procurement Strategy for the Fire and Rescue Service 2008-11. Responses to the consultation are currently being considered and we hope to make an announcement by the end of January.

Homelessness: Yorkshire and the Humber

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in local authorities had been accepted as owed a main homelessness duty between 1997-98 and 2007-08 in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) the Vale of York. [241972]

Mr. Iain Wright: Information about English local authorities’ actions under the homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level. Districts within North Yorkshire are Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby. In addition, information is provided for the unitary authority of York. Information is not collected at constituency level, and the Vale of York constituency lies within Hambleton, Harrogate and York.


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Data 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.


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A summary table which includes the total number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty in each year between 1997-98 and 2007-08, for each local authority is available in the Library. An extract showing data for the local authorities within North Yorkshire is given as follows:

Number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty during the year, 1997-98 to 2007-08
Local authority 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Craven

43

27

42

29

23

27

30

Hambleton

26

24

18

50

65

101

103

100

79

76

65

Harrogate

127

155

153

200

225

238

263

313

142

140

135

Richmondshire

39

20

45

62

134

113

131

76

106

Ryedale

24

31

32

26

38

47

51

64

61

38

36

Scarborough

185

218

185

223

237

234

304

293

208

200

157

Selby

94

77

59

62

95

151

144

96

94

76

York

280

282

499

418

409

460

424

414

213

258

‘—’ Denotes data not reported.
Source:
CLG P1E Homelessness returns (quarterly)

Housing: Construction

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the level of new house building in 2009-10 in housing renewal areas; and if she will make a statement. [242723]

Mr. Iain Wright: The projected output for Housing Market Renewal funded new build housing in those areas is approximately 1,500 for 2008-09, the latest year for which estimates are available.

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses have been built in (a) England, (b) the East of England, (c) Cambridgeshire and (d) Peterborough in each of the last 10 years. [242876]

Mr. Iain Wright: The following table shows the number of annual house building completions in each of the last 10 years for England, the East of England, Cambridgeshire county council and Peterborough.

England East of England Cambridgeshire Peterborough

1998-99

140,260

18,950

2,260

1999-2000

141,800

18,770

2,270

2000-01

133,260

16,030

1,970

2001-02

129,870

15,620

2,150

2002-03

137,740

17,840

2,490

511

2003-04

143,960

18,400

2,610

696

2004-05

155,890

19,890

2,750

824

2005-06

163,400

20,250

2,580

884

2006-07

167,680

22,560

3,200

1,211

2007-08

166,990

22,230

3,210

929

Source: New build completions from P2 monthly and quarterly returns submitted by local authorities and the National House-Building Council to CLG.

Figures for Peterborough are as reported by local authorities and the National House-Building Council (NHBC). For 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 Peterborough submitted no P2 returns; no estimates have been presented in these years as presenting NHBC information only would under-report the true level of house building completions in the local authority.

Figures for England, the East of England and Cambridgeshire include estimates for missing LA returns.

Housing: Standards

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy efficiency measures have been installed under the Decent Homes programme in each (a) Government office region, (b) local authority area and (c) constituency in England in each year since the programme's inception. [242513]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department holds figures on capital works to windows (double-glazing), central heating and insulation for all local authority social sector dwellings. This information is collected and published through the annual Local Authority Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA) returns. A set of tables containing information for the last seven years (2000-01 to 2006-07) by local authority and region has been placed in the House Libraries. Data are not collected at a constituency level.

Since 2001, many local authorities have chosen to transfer their entire social stock to registered social landlords through the option of large scale voluntary transfer (LSVT). The table reflects the increasing occurrence of these changes over the seven-year period as data are only collected from authorities which own their own stock or have set up an arm’s length management organisation to manage their stock.

The Tenant Services Authority, the regulator of all housing associations in England, does not hold any information on energy efficiency measures put in place under the Decent Homes programme by housing associations.


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Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date she expects rate demands to be issued to port businesses for rates due from 2005; what the Valuation Office Agency’s latest assessment of rateable values of port businesses is; when she expects rebates to be paid to port owners for rates overpaid since 2005; and what estimate she has made of the overall value of such rebates. [240897]

John Healey: The responsibility for rates bills, issuing demands and rebates lies with the billing authority concerned.


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The following table shows the changes to rateable value in ports that the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and I submitted to the Treasury Committee on 5 November 2008. It is the most up-to-date table currently available.

We cannot estimate the value of rebates as we do not know how much transitional relief each organisation might have received on their rates bills following the 2005 revaluation. Rebates depend upon the amount originally liable, the amount paid after transitional relief, and the amount now liable (with any transitional relief due on that sum).


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