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1. The Thames Gateway is comprised of parts of 16 local authorities.
2. Figures are as reported by the local authorities and the National House-Building Council. Where local authorities submitted no P2 returns for one or more quarters, no figure has been presented in the quarter or annual total as presenting NHBC information only would under-report the true level of house building completions in the local authority.
New build completions from P2 quarterly returns submitted by local authorities and the National House-Building Council to CLG.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities offer assistance to people wishing to establish themselves in business as market traders. 
John Healey: The information requested is not held centrally.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirement there is for a local authority to consult (a) town and parish councils, (b) the Lord Lieutenant, (c) hon. Members and (d) neighbouring local authorities when applying for borough status; what guidance she has issued to local authorities on the matter; and if she will make a statement. 
The Secretary of State has issued no guidance on this matter. Under section 245 of the Local Government Act 1972 a district council may petition Her Majesty the Queen through the Privy Council Office for the grant of a Charter conferring the status of borough. The Privy Council Office seeks the views and recommendation of the Secretary of State as Privy Counsellor with policy responsibility for local government matters. The only statutory requirement which a local authority has to meet in order to present a petition is that the district council must resolve by a two thirds majority of its members in favour of a petition before one can be presented. It is a matter for the district
council to decide on whether they consult with parish and town councils, Lord Lieutenants or neighbouring local authorities.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1274W, on multiple occupation, which key stakeholders have been consulted in connection with the Building Research Establishment review of the licensing regime for houses in multiple occupation. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has consulted all local authorities in England. The BRE has also conducted a series of focus groups with local community organisations and residents groups, including local landlords and tenants. These views will be reflected in the final report on a non-attributable basis.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1274W, on multiple occupation: coastal areas, if she will make it her policy to collect data on the take-up rate of mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation in seaside towns. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Communities and Local Government collects data from local authorities in England on the processing of applications for licenses for houses in multiple occupation under the provisions of the 2004 Housing Act. These provide total numbers of applications for, approvals and refusals of licenses. No statistics have been produced specifically for seaside towns but statistics for the local authority areas that approximate to seaside towns are shown in the following table.
It is not possible to calculate take-up rates as there is no source for data on the number of licensable properties at local level.
|HMO licensing in seaside town local authorities 12 November 2008|
|Seaside town||Local authority||Number of applications for HMO licenses||Number of HMO licenses issued||Number of HMO licenses refused|
|(1) Data not yet provided by the local authority|
(2) The local authority area covers two different seaside towns. In these cases no attempt has been made to apportion the HMO licence records between the two. The total records for the local authority are therefore shown against the first of the two seaside towns to appear in the list; there is no figure for the second, shown bold.
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