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|County||Average council tax requirement (£)|
|(1) Counties responsible for funding the fire service for their county area; in the remaining counties the fire service is the responsibility of a separate authority and is funded by a separate council tax precept that is not included in these figures.|
The data are calculated from the council tax requirement as stated on the authorities' Budget Requirement form for 2008-09 submitted to Communities and Local Government divided by the mid-2007 population estimates.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 19 January 2009, Official Report, column 1072W, on councillors: Arun, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Code of Data Matching Practice. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households there are in the UK; and how many are classified as (a) retired, (b) non-retired and (c) non-retired with children. 
The housing finance review is currently considering future arrangements and options for financing council housing. The Government want to see everyone in a decent home at affordable rents and at an affordable cost. An equality impact assessment will be considered as part of the review process.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effects of the bringing forward of capital spending announced in the pre-Budget report 2008 on the (a) Decent Homes programme, (b) provision of social rented housing and (c) numbers of repairs to council house stock; and what progress has been made against the objective of assisting key regeneration and housing infrastructure projects. 
Mr. Iain Wright: In the pre-Budget report (PBR) we announced additional brought forward expenditure to sustain and accelerate the Decent Homes programme in 2009-10. Significant elements of this will support expenditure above existing national budgets provided to schemes previously identified by partners in the arms length management organisation and transfer programmes. Additional brought forward capital, up to a maximum total value of £100 million, will be available to ALMOs in 2009-10 and the HCA has written to ALMO chief executives on the process for accessing this.
We also announced that £175 million would be brought forward from 2010-11 for major repairs to council housing stock. CLG has written separately to councils and ALMO chief executives on the process for accessing this resource. CLG and the HCA are currently reviewing bids for funding so no assessment of the effects of the bringing forward of capital spending can be made yet.
The PBR also brought funds of £150 million from 2010-11 into 2009-10 within the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing Programme (AHP). These funds will be utilised next year in the delivery of social rented homes within the overall AHP.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to pages 9-10 of her Departments publication of January 2009, Annex to the Planning Bill Impact Assessment: Royal Assent, for what reasons the expected remuneration of the chairman of the Infrastructure Planning Commission will be significantly higher than the £150,000 a year originally estimated; and whether the salaries of the deputy chairs will be similarly increased. 
reflects the need to recruit a person of sufficient calibre to carry out this challenging role. Recruitment for the IPCs Deputy Chairs, remaining commissioners and CEO will be carried out during 2009. We envisage advertising these roles on ranges broadly consistent with the estimates given the original Impact Assessment. This change falls within the assumed error margin, and the overall assumptions originally made about the cost and size of the IPC and its Secretariat remain valid, and are the best current estimate of size and cost.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions park homes site licences have been revoked as a result of breaches of the provisions of the Mobile Homes Act 1983 on the part of the site owner in the last 10 years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: A site licence may only be revoked if there have been two or more breaches of conditions in the licence. Section 5 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 specifies the types of conditions that a local authority can attach to a site licence. That power does not extend to attaching a condition relating to the compliance by the licence holder with the provisions in the Mobile Homes Act 1983. Therefore, no local authority in England would be able to revoke a licence because of a breach of that Act.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what restrictions are placed on the owners of park home sites on their exclusive supply of bottled gas to site occupants; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress her Department has made on proposals contained in the consultation paper, A New Approach for Resolving Disputes and to Proceedings Relating to Park Homes under the Mobile Homes Act 1983. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to revise the booklet, Mobile Homes: A Guide for Residents and Site Owners, published by her Department in 2000. 
Pitch fees and other charges;
Selling a park home;
Qualifying residents' associations; and
Residents' rights and obligations.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the number of home repossessions which have not taken place as a result of support provided by the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme; 
Margaret Beckett: We expect the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme to be open for business with the first lenders in April now that the Banking Act 2009, which is the legislative vehicle we have used to enable us to do this, has gained Royal Assent (on 12 February). The draft Master Guarantee is currently with lenders. We will publish a full impact assessment when the Master Guarantee Deed has been finalised.
Mr. Iain Wright: The financial target for the year ended 31 March 2008 was derived from the three-year target for 2004-05 to 2007-08 set down in the Ordnance Survey Framework Document 2004. This target was to achieve no less than 5.5 per cent. per annum return on capital employed (ROCE), averaged over a three-year period, with the return defined as surplus on ordinary activities before interest and dividends.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the ministerial correction of 29 January 2009, Official Report, columns 3-6MC, on Ordnance Survey: visits abroad, what the purpose was of each foreign visit listed. 
Mr. Iain Wright: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1436W. The table showing the countries and cities visited by Ordnance Survey in the time period specified along with the purpose for each visit, which was deposited in the Library in response to that question, includes all of the destinations identified in the ministerial correction of 29 January 2009.
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