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2005-06

£

Opinion polling

361,340.00

Focus groups

0

Other market research

0

Surveys Commissioned and the purpose of each:
Northern Ireland Information Service Poll—to gauge public view on the political process.
Commissioned questions for NI Omnibus survey—to obtain public perception of Public Prosecution Service which in turn assists in the development of policy.
NI Crime Survey—to ascertain people's experience and perceptions of crime in NI.
NI Omnibus Survey—Organised Crime Module—to ascertain people's experience and perceptions of Organised Crime.
NI Omnibus Survey—Recovery of Assets Module—to ascertain people's awareness of Assets Recovery Agency and perceptions of its effectiveness.
NI Omnibus Survey—Confidence in the Criminal Justice System Module—to assess people's confidence of the Criminal Justice System.
NI Omnibus Survey—Confidence in Police Module—to assess people's confidence of the police.
NI Omnibus Survey—Sexual Violence Module—perceptions and assessment of sexual violence in NI.

2006-07

£

Opinion polling

399,328.00

Focus groups

0

Other market research

0

Surveys Commissioned and the purpose of each:
Northern Ireland Information Service Poll—to gauge public view on the political process.
Commissioned questions for NI Omnibus survey—to obtain public perception of Public Prosecution Service which in turn assists in the development of policy.
NI Crime Survey—to ascertain people's experience and perceptions of crime in NI.
NI Omnibus Survey—Organised Crime Module—to ascertain people's experience and perceptions of Organised Crime.
NI Omnibus Survey—Recovery of Assets Module—to ascertain people's awareness of Assets Recovery Agency and perceptions of its effectiveness.
Compensation Agency Applicants' Attitudes Survey.
Public Attitudes towards Sex Offenders.

2007-08

£

Opinion polling

397,145.00

Focus groups

1,828.37

Other market research

0

Surveys Commis sioned and the purpose of each:
Northern Ireland Information Service Poll—to gauge public view on the political process.
Commissioned questions for NI Omnibus survey—to obtain public perception of Public Prosecution Service which in turn assists in the development of policy.
NI Crime Survey—to ascertain people's experience and perceptions of crime in NI.
NI Omnibus Survey—Organised Crime Module—to ascertain people's experience and perceptions of Organised Crime.
NI Omnibus Survey—Recovery of Assets Module—to ascertain people's awareness of Assets Recovery Agency and perceptions of its effectiveness.
NI Omnibus Survey—Youth Justice Agency module—to ascertain people's awareness of the Youth Justice Agency and perceptions of its effectiveness

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2008-09

£

Opinion polling

46,069.29

Focus groups

0

Other market research

0

Surveys Commissioned and the purpose of each:
Northern Ireland Information Service Poll—to gauge public view on the political process.
Commissioned questions for NI Omnibus survey—to obtain public perception of Public Prosecution Service which in turn assists in the development of policy.
Customer Satisfaction Survey—to analyse the performance of the Compensation Agency.

Communities and Local Government

Buncefield

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has made an assessment of the implications of the Major Incident Investigation Board report on Buncefield for land use planning policy. [266658]

Mr. Iain Wright: As indicated in the written statement made by Lord McKenzie on 13 November 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column WS55, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) will lead Government consideration of the Major Incident Investigation Board report (MIIB), “Recommendations on land use planning and the control of societal risk around major hazard sites”, published on 15 July last year. She will respond substantively on behalf of the Government in due course.

Communities and Local Government (CLG) have appointed consultants to investigate and explain the operation of the legislation controlling the planning application and hazardous substances consent processes, and to consider the scope for rationalisation and possible integration of these regimes. This project will inform the Government's response to the MIIB report, in particular recommendation one, which calls for a cross-government and wide-ranging review of the land use planning system around major hazard sites in Britain.

In undertaking this project, CLG will work closely with the Health and Safety Executive, the devolved administrations, representatives of local authorities, and industry. The research will take six months to complete.

Community Relations

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz), of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 947W, on community relations: extremism, what projects (a) were implemented in 2007-08 and (b) will have been implemented in 2008-09 to support institutions or individuals vulnerable to radicalisation under the Prevent strand of Project Contest. [263168]

Mr. Coaker: I have been asked to reply.

The following projects were implemented to support institutions or individuals vulnerable to radicalisation in 2007-08:


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The following projects are being or will have been implemented to support institutions or individuals vulnerable to radicalisation in 2008-09:

Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 974W, on waste management: South East, what guidance the Waste Improvement Network has given to local authorities on the collection of household waste. [262694]

Jane Kennedy: I have been asked to reply.

The Waste Improvement Network (WIN) has been developed by the Improvement and Efficiency South East (IESE) to bring together waste management information and to support local authorities in procurement and decision making. IESE is one of nine Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) which support local government efficiency and improvement.

WIN does not provide direct advice. It provides information, including case studies and reports on activity in and experiences of councils around the country. This helps to ensure councils are up to date on what other councils are doing and able to learn from one another's experiences.

Homes and Communities Agency: Finance

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds were (a) allocated to and (b) drawn down by the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessors in each of the last five years expressed in (i) cash terms and (ii) 2008-09 prices. [265081]

Margaret Beckett: I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 19 January 2009, Official Report, columns 1076-77W, on the 2008-09 budget for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The predecessor bodies for the HCA were English Partnerships (consisting of the Urban Regeneration Agency and the Commission for New Towns), the (investment arm of the) Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the Agency.

The funds allocated to Departmental programmes, to English Partnerships (via the Urban Regeneration Agency), the Housing Corporation and the Academy since 2005-06, can be found in the main supply and supplementary estimates. Information on departmental programme spending over the last five years has been published in departmental annual reports. The last five years' spending figures for English Partnerships and the Corporation
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can be found in their published annual report and accounts each year; spending by the academy was consolidated within the annual report and accounts of its parent organisation, Yorkshire Forward. Government uses the GDP deflator to allow for the effects of changes in prices. This can be found on HM Treasury's website at:

Housing Associations: Finance

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations she has received from housing associations on their financial position in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. [266485]

Mr. Iain Wright: The information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Housing Stock

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the net change in local authority housing stock was in each year since 1997; [265078]

(2) how many homes from local authority housing stock were disposed of in each year since 1997. [265079]

Mr. Iain Wright: Information on the amount of local authority owned housing stock is collected from local authorities on the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) return. This information is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 116:

The annual net changes in local authority housing stocks in each year since 1 April 1997 are shown in the following table.

Net change in local authority housing stock: England, 1997 to 2008

Net change

1997-98

-91,000

1998-99

-132,000

1999-2000

-166,000

2000-01

-200,000

2001-02

-106,000

2002-03

-249,000

2003-04

-122,000

2004-05

-169,000

2005-06

-78,000

2006-07

-100,000

2007-08

-117,000

Notes:
1. Net change is measured between the figure for housing stock at 1 April each year.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand.
Source:
Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA)

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Information on disposals of local authority stock can be estimated from information on Right to Buy, other local authority sales, large-scale voluntary transfers and small scale transfers to registered social landlords, and demolitions.

Information on all sales of local authority stock (including large-scale voluntary transfers and small scale transfers to registered social landlords, Right to Buy sales and other local authority sales) is collected from local authorities on the Quarterly Housing Monitoring (P1B) return. This information is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 674:

Information on local authority demolitions is reported by local authorities, for the financial year, on the Business Plan Statistical Appendix (BPSA) return.

Disposals of local authority housing stocks in each financial year since 1997-98 are shown in the following table.

Local authority stock disposals: England, 1997 to 2008

Right to Buy sales( 1) Other sales( 1) Transfers to registered social landlords( 1) Demolitions( 1)

1997-98

41,330

750

35,700

8,810

1998-99

40,270

820

76,540

8,720

1999-00

54,250

710

96,760

10,020

2000-01

52,380

630

132,460

13,870

2001-02

51,970

490

35,690

14,500

2002-03

63,390

760

165,980

11,050

2003-04

69,580

410

39,220

8,490

2004-05

49,980

390

101,580

8,450

2005-06

26,660

290

48,440

6,250

2006-07

16,900

500

78,790

4,650

2007-08

11,960

300

94,220

5,100

Notes:
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. Demolition data between 1997-98 and 1999-2000 were collected via the Housing Investment Programme Annual Plan (HIPAP). Between 2001-02 and 2007-08 data were collected via the BPSA. Data from the HIPAP may not be as reliable as data from the BPSA.
Sources:
1. Quarterly Housing Monitoring (PI B) for information on Right to Buy, Other sales and Transfers to Registered Social Landlords.
2. Business Ran Statistical Appendix (BPSA) for information on demolitions.

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