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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment the London Regional Resilience Forum has made of the effect of an influenza pandemic on the operation of a fire and rescue service in London. 
Mr. Khan: The London Regional Resilience Forum is responsible for strategic, multi-agency planning and for ensuring that London as a whole is fully prepared to deal with the consequences of an influenza pandemic on public health and the continuity of essential services in London. It is the statutory responsibility of individual Category 1 responders themselves, including the London fire brigade, to ensure that they are prepared and have business continuity processes in place to manage the effects of an influenza pandemic.
|Firefighters entering and leaving the fire and rescue service, England, 2007-08|
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on the design of new uniforms for fire and rescue services; and what public consultation it carried out on the design. 
Mr. Khan: A nationally available contract for the provision of uniforms, personal protective equipment and other clothing was awarded by Firebuy Ltd., as the national procurement body for the English fire and rescue service, to Bristol Uniforms Ltd. in 2007. The design of the new uniforms was undertaken by this supplier. Firefighers and union representatives were consulted on the design as part of the garment trials in 2006, to which Communities and Local Government contributed £190,000. The views of the general public were also considered through surveys conducted in 2007. Firebuy have subsequently participated in presentations on the new uniform to fire and rescue authorities.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether papers related to the Firebuy project are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
Mr. Khan: Firebuy Ltd., as an executive non-departmental public body of Communities and Local Government, is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. It has produced a publication scheme in accordance with the FOI Act.
The Places Handbook has been developed as a tool to help Government Office (GO) staff and their partners support the delivery of Government policy. It is an online Handbook that provides quick and easy
access to a range of analytical and delivery tools and techniques, as well as links to appropriate data sources. As the Places Handbook is an online facility I have been advised that it is not suitable for placing in the Library. Instead, I am providing the email link to the Places Handbook which is accessed by the public via the internet:
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes the East Midlands Regional Plan proposes to make to green belt designation and protection in the region. 
Mr. Khan: The East Midlands Regional Plan, published on 12 March 2009, makes no specific changes to green belt designation in the east midlands. However, the Three Cities Sub-Regional Strategy Policy 2 (Sub-Regional Priorities for Green Belt Areas) states that:
The principle of the Nottingham-Derby and Burton-Swadlincote green belts will be retained. However a comprehensive review of the most sustainable locations for growth within the Nottingham Core HMA and Hucknall will be required urgently to consider how to accommodate future growth requirements over at least the next 25 years. As this may include considering locations within the green belt, when implementing this review through their local development documents, local planning authorities will have regard to:
the level of growth proposed in Regional Plan Policy 13a and in Three Cities SRS Policy 3 identifying the locations for future development;
sustainable development principles;
the principles and purposes of including land in Green Belt set out in PPG2; and
where changes to the Green Belt are proposed, the retention of existing, or creation of new, defensible boundaries based on natural features or other barriers such as major roads.
This review will need to be done as part of the evidence base underpinning the next RSS review.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget for administrative costs of the Homes and Communities Agency is in each of the next three years. 
Margaret Beckett: The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) inherited running costs budgets of £86 million per annum from its predecessor bodies. Obviously with the publication of the Operational Efficiency Programme on 21 April, my Department in conjunction with its arms length bodies, is currently reviewing the scope for making further operational efficiency savings in the current spending period. Budgets for 2011-12 fall in the next spending period and decisions have yet to be made.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1111-12W, on Homes and Communities Agency: finance, how much each local authority will receive from the £50 million to enable local authorities to deliver new social housing; and how many homes she expects to be delivered through that funding. 
Margaret Beckett: The allocation of grant funding is dependent on the bids submitted by local authorities. Likewise the number of homes delivered will depend on the details of the bids submitted, for example whether they are flats or houses.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency spent on producing its Affordable Housing Survey publication; and how many copies were produced. 
Margaret Beckett: The Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor body, the Housing Corporation, spent £160,000 on producing its Affordable Housing Survey. There were no hard copies produced of the report; it is freely and publicly available on the Homes and Communities website at:
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authority tenants were in receipt of housing benefit in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Estimates of the proportions of registered social landlord and local authority tenants in receipt of housing benefit from 2002-03 to 2006-07 are provided in the following table. These estimates are based on data from the Survey of English Housing.
|Social sector households in receipt of housing benefit, England, 2002-03 to 2006-07|
|Local authority||Registered social landlord( 1)||All social renters (percentage)||Total number of social renters (Thousand)|
|(1) Sometimes referred to as Housing Associations.|
Communities and Local Government, Survey of English Housing
Survey based estimates of the separate numbers of local authority and registered social landlord tenants are not considered robust as a significant number of registered social landlord tenants wrongly report that they are local authority tenants, typically when ownership has transferred due to a large-scale voluntary transfer.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the written ministerial statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, columns 24-26WS, on home buying and selling, who the members of the working group on home condition reports are; and what declaration of political activity each has made. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £600 million announced for housing in the Budget 2009 is additional to that announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations are participating in the Social HomeBuy scheme; and how many properties were sold by each participating organisation in each of the last three years. 
Margaret Beckett: A table has been deposited in the Library showing how many (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations are currently taking part in the Social HomeBuy scheme; and number of sales by each participating organisation per year from 2006-07 to 2008-09.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2009, Official Report, columns 886-7W, on housing: low incomes, what budget has been established for the (a) the National Affordable Housing Programme, (b) Decent Homes, (c) the Community Infrastructure Fund, (d) support for the Department for Work and Pensions programme of Support for Mortgage Interest and (e) other housing and regeneration programmes in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11. 
|to nearest £ million( 1)|
|(1) Figures are provisional and may be subject to amendment through the financial year|
In addition, £108/£152/£147 million resource (near cash) has been made available for other housing and regeneration programmes. These figures do not include additional funding to support the housing market announced in the Budget on 22 April 2009:
|to nearest £ million|
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