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Figures for 2009-10 include the additional funding for Prevent announced by the Communities Secretary on 28 August.

In April 2009 the then Secretary of State provided a list of groups that local authorities funded in 2008-09 using Area Based Grant, in support of their work on Prevent. This information was placed in the House Library.

Council Housing: Rents

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of council rent receipts were remitted to the Government for redistribution in each of the last five years; and how much each local authority received in redistributed rents in each such year. [290811]

Mr. Ian Austin: Tables containing this information have been placed in the House Library.


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Departmental Finance

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 11 of his Department's Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, what the reasons are for the increase in the cost of central administration from 2009-10 to 2010-11; and for what reasons the cost of that increase has not been met from annual efficiency savings. [290733]

Mr. Ian Austin: The Department's central administration spending plans (as reported in the 2008-09 Resource Accounts) include the ringfenced administration budget, the Department's own capital expenditure and other current expenditure. It is an increase in the budget for other current expenditure that accounts for the reported increase in budgets between 2009-10 and 2010-11. These costs sit outside of the Department's administration budget, on which it is expected to deliver 5 per cent. annual efficiency savings. Plans for administration spending in 2009-10 and 2010-11 take full account of the efficiency savings required.

Departmental Manpower

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in his Department are employed in a non-party political advisory role on a fixed-term contract for up to 12 months; and how many such staff have been recruited in the last 12 months. [290735]

Mr. Ian Austin: Civil servants provide impartial advice to Ministers whether employed on fixed-term, permanent or other recognised contractual terms. At 31 July 2009, Communities and Local Government employed 59.5 Full Time Equivalent staff on fixed-term contracts.

In the 12 month period to 31 August 2009, our personnel records show that Communities and Local Government made 17 appointments on fixed-term contracts of up to 12 months.

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 July 2009, Official Report, column 656W, on Tony Clements, whether Mr Clements (a) held a previous position in and (b) acted as a consultant to his Department prior to his appointment as a policy adviser in the Department. [290658]

Mr. Ian Austin: Tony Clements has neither held a previous position in the Department nor acted as a consultant to the Department.

Departmental Property

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Crown Estate properties his Department owns; and what the (a) most recent assessed market and (b) book value is of each such property. [290941]


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Mr. Ian Austin: I refer to the Department for Communities and Local Government Resources Accounts 2008-09 (for year ended 31 March 2009) available on the website

As at 31 March 2009 the following properties were revalued professionally in accordance with RICS Valuations Standards, by ATISReal Limited-Chartered Surveyors and International Real Estates Consultants.

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London was valued during March 2009 by ATISReal. The total valuation was reported at £25,000,000 but with a value of £21,500,000 in the Department's books because of a trading fund outside interest in the property.

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London was valued during March 2009 by ATISReal, at £250,000. Due to the Department's reversionary interest in the property a detailed reinspection was not carried out for the 2009 report.

Fire Experimental Unit Offices and Stores, (on the Fire Service College site) Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire was valued during March 2009 by ATISReal. The total valuation was reported at £1,700,000.

Hanger97, Little Rissington, Gloucestershire was valued during March 2009 by ATISReal Chartered Surveyors. The total valuation was reported at £700,000.

Government Departments: Carbon Emissions

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the annual emissions savings which would be realised if all Government department headquarters buildings were fully to implement the recommendations made in respect of their assessments for energy performance certificates; and if she will make a statement. [290901]

John Healey: We have not made such an estimate. Energy performance certificates (EPCs) are required on sale, rent or construction of all non-domestic properties from October 2008. Prior to this, EPCs were required on sale, rent or construction of non-domestic properties over 10,000 m(2) from April 2008 and over 2,500 m(2) from July 2008. Few Government department headquarter buildings would have required an EPC since their introduction.

Government Office for London: Manpower

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialists and (d) executive support and administration staff are employed by the Government Office for London (GOL); how many such staff are (i) on secondment from each Government department, (ii) employed directly by GOL on permanent contracts and (iii) employed directly by GOL on temporary contracts; and what the planned total salary cost is for each group of such staff in 2009-10. [290943]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The following table sets out permanent, seconded and temporary staff paid for by
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GOL as at August 2009 and the projected salary costs for each group for 2009-10.


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Staff seconded to GOL from departments and other organisations
Staff Department Number of staff Permanent GOL Staff Fixed term appointments and agency staff Total staff Total salary cost (£)

Directors and Deputy Directors (senior managers)

DWP

1

0

0

9

975,236

CLG

3

HO

1

DCSF

2

DFT

2

Specialists

Cabinet Office

1

6

0

8

451,486

CLG

1

All other staff

CLG

9

159

8

183

8,630,033

HO

1

MOJ

2

Defra

1

Other

3

Salary cost (£)

1,774,830

8,138,929

142,995

200

10,056,755


Housing: Barnet

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what bids for housing capital finance by (a) Barnet Council, (b) Barratt Homes and (c) housing associations in respect of housing projects in Barnet have been (i) made, (ii) granted, (iii) refused and (iv) remain to be taken up after being granted to (A) central Government directly, (B) the Housing Corporation and (C) the Homes and Communities Agency for (1) affordable loans for subsidised purchase and (2) social housing for rent; under what schemes each bid was made; and what the (x) sum bid for, (y) number of properties involved and (z) proposed tenure mix was in each case. [290847]

Mr. Ian Austin: The following table shows bids received, approved and rejected through the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) (and prior to 1 December 2008 the Housing Corporation's) Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) in 2008-09 for low cost home ownership and social housing for rent. These bids were made by registered social landlords and other providers for schemes sponsored in Barnet. Bids received from Barrett Homes totalled £0.3 million for eight units in 2008-09 and are included in the low cost home ownership bid figure. Barnet council did not bid for AHP funding from the HCA in 2008-09.

The balance between all bids and the sum of allocations made and bids rejected can be due to withdrawal of scheme, decision pending or scheme being resubmitted.

All bids received 2008-09
HCA affordable housing programme Grant (£ million) Units

Total social rent

116.8

770

Total low cost home ownership

16.4

322

Grand total

134.1

1,353


Allocations made 2008-09
HCA affordable housing programme Grant (£ million) Units

Total social rent

76.0

494

Total low cost home ownership

11.8

235

Grand total

87.8

729


All rejected 2008-09
HCA affordable housing programme Grant (£ million) Units

Total social rent

37.1

249

Total low cost home ownership

2.9

59

Grand total

40.9

569


In addition, Barrett Developments PLC has been short listed for HCA Kickstart programme funding in July 2009 for a development of the 'Stonegrove' project in Edgware, which is now undergoing a process of due diligence before the HCA confirms if it will support each scheme. The shortlist has been published at:

Other programmes within CLG do not provide homes for social rent or affordable loans for subsidised purchase.


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Housing: Valuation

Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings in (a) England and (b) Wales have a conservatory according to records held by the Valuation Office Agency. [290804]

Ms Rosie Winterton: As at 2 September 2009, the number in England was 790,429. Matters in Wales are the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly Government.

LLM Communications

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, columns 1661-2W, on LLM Communications, which Minister in his Department authorised the payment to LLM Communications for services in respect of the Campaign for More and Better Housing. [290659]

John Healey: In 2006 the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, West (Ruth Kelly), granted the Campaign for More and Better Homes £25,000 + VAT to help fund a series of regional housing debates.


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