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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies have provided her Department with confidential advice, as referred to in the management statement, in each of the last three years. 
Margaret Beckett: The predecessor bodies for the Homes and Communities Agency were English Partnerships, the investment arm of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities. A range of departmental programmes also transferred to the Agency from Communities and Local Government.
The only reference to the provision of confidential advice in a Framework Document or management statement of the Homes and Communities Agency or one of its predecessor bodies is found in the management statement of the Housing Corporation.
However, given the volume of correspondence between the Housing Corporation and Communities and Local Government, specific pieces of advice that were given in confidence in accordance with the management statement over the last three years cannot be identified without disproportionate cost and effort.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Homes and Communities Agency's total expenditure was in 2008-09; and what its estimated outturn had been for that year. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what end year flexibility entitlements were taken up by her Department in relation to (a) the Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor bodies, (b) the Tenant Services authority and (c) other housing programmes in each of the last five years. 
Margaret Beckett: The information requested is set out in the following table. It is not possible to distinguish between the end year flexibility (EYF) entitlements taken up by the Department in relation to the Homes and Communities Agency and the Tenant Services Authority predecessor bodies. Information about EYF in 2004-05 could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Margaret Beckett: The following table sets out the number of Open Market HomeBuy equity loan redemptions (both full and partial), and the number of shared owners increasing their equity shares in their homes, for each of the last three years for which figures are available. No breakdown is available between equity loan redemptions and redemptions by shared owners.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was allocated to each region from the national Affordable Housing programme in each of the last three years; 
Margaret Beckett: The following table shows the expenditure in each region through the Homes and Communities Agency's Affordable Housing programme for 2006-07, 2007-08 and provisional figures for 2008-09.
The following table shows indicative allocations for 2009-10 and 2010-11 for each region. Some of the programme is held centrally such as the Growth Support (Affordable Housing) Fund, mortgage rescue and HomeBuy Direct.
|Homes and Communities Agency Affordable Housing programme indicative regional allocations|
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1542W, on the HomeBuy scheme, how many properties initially marketed as a HomeBuy Direct property have since been withdrawn from the scheme. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in the last five years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Information on new affordable homes built by constituency is not available. The following table shows the number of new affordable homes built in Ribble Valley local authority, Lancashire, and England between 2003-04 and 2007-08.
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Affordable housing figures are collated from the Homes and Communities Agency Investment Management System (IMS); and Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) returns and P2 house building returns submitted to CLG by local authorities and the National House-Building Council (NHBC).
Not all affordable housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. An additional 10,170 affordable homes were acquired in England in 2007-08; these are not included in the table above.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households are expected to receive assistance from the mortgage rescue scheme's (a) shared equity programme and (b) Government mortgage to rent programme (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of the total number of housing repossessions in the next year. 
Margaret Beckett: The £200 million Government mortgage rescue scheme has been operational across the country since 1 January 2009. The scheme aims to support up to 6,000 vulnerable households in England at risk of repossession over the next two years. The scheme consists of two options, Government Mortgage to Rent and Shared Equity. The Government have not made any estimates of the number of households they expect to benefit from each of the two options of the scheme, neither do they make projections of the total number of housing repossessions. The mortgage rescue scheme is demand-led, with the number of vulnerable households benefiting from each of the scheme's options dependent on the circumstances of eligible households approaching their local authority for assistance.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the mortgage rescue scheme's (a) shared equity programme and (b) Government mortgage to rent programme will become operational. 
Margaret Beckett: The Government's mortgage rescue scheme was officially launched on 16 January, following successful fast tracking by around 80 local authorities in December 2008. The scheme comprises both a shared equity and a Government Mortgage to Rent option, which are dependent on an eligible household's financial circumstances and an assessment of the long-term sustainability of the rescue.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for assistance under the mortgage rescue scheme have been (a) received and (b) approved in each local authority area; and how much has been spent under the scheme in each local authority area. 
Margaret Beckett: As part of the monitoring arrangements for the Government mortgage rescue scheme, headline data will be published on a monthly basis on the Department's website starting this month. We will be publishing headline data for January, February and March 2009 on 30 April 2009, as pre-announced on the UK National Statistics publication hub, after which local authority breakdowns can be made available. The date of this publication has been delayed from 21 April 2009 owing to unforeseen issues with data quality and validation.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Government Office for the South East to make a final decision on the South East Plan; and if she will make a statement. 
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