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Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how long on average it took for a local authority to become an approved developer in the latest period for which figures are available. 
John Healey: Under the local authority new build programme it has taken on average eight weeks for a local authority to become a pre-qualified partner. The pre-qualified partner status allows an organisation to bid for investment funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
The first bid round for the programme opened for four weeks, closing on 31 July 2009. I launched a second bid round on 28 September 2009. From the opening of the bid round local authorities were invited to complete their pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) and the agency commits to giving the local authority a decision on assessment within eight weeks of receipt.
Mr. Ian Austin: Figures showing total local authority new build completions by local authority to 2007-08 were released in Live Table 253 on the CLG website in October 2008. These include total house building completions by tenure, including local authority completions:
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to chapter 2, paragraph 52, of Building Britain's Future, Cm 7654, when he expects construction to start on the council built and owned social rental homes; and what the proposed locations of the new homes are. 
John Healey: 49 local authorities have now made successful applications to the Homes and Communities Agency for grant funding to build new council homes. Construction is expected on the first sites before the end of this year. A table giving the locations and numbers of the new homes has been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ian Austin: Local authorities manage their debt as a whole and no separate record is kept of debts taken out for Housing Revenue Account (HRA) purposes. The calculations for local authorities' annual HRA subsidy entitlements use a notional measure of HRA debt known as the Subsidy Capital Financing Requirement (SCFR). The SCFR calculates the HRA's share of debt financing costs, or if it is assumed there is no debt, interest earned on investments.
Barking and Dagenham
(1) As in the Housing Revenue Account subsidy determination 2009-10
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to revise the guidance provided by his Department to tenants on large-scale voluntary transfer ballots following the introduction of self-financing of housing revenue accounts. 
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council tenants there have been in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Ian Austin: Information is available on the number of dwellings rather than tenants. Local authorities in England report information for numbers of local authority owned (council) dwellings as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) returns. This information is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 116:
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on newspaper advertising carried in each newspaper in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what IT systems have been in development for use within his Department in the last five years; what the reason for the development of each system was; how much has been spent on the development of each system; and which systems have been subsequently (a) implemented, (b) terminated prior to implementation and (c) terminated following implementation. 
IT Systems developed specifically for use in Communities and Local Government in the last
five years are set out in the following table. None of such systems were terminated prior to implementation.
|System||Reason for development||Development cost (£000)||Implemented||Terminated following implementation|
The Data Interchange Hub was developed to provide a secure online repository for government organisations, local authorities and inspectorates to deposit and/or access national indicator data from a single location.
Floor Targets Interactive is a website that allows users to find and analyse data which is used to measure the performance of different places with respect to key government targets called Floor Targets. This site is intended to service both users in government and academia, and the wider public audience.
A new system of recording details of incidents attended by FRS. The web-based Incident Recording System (IRS) is a great advance as it replaces paper form reporting, thus delivering substantial efficiencies in data capture. The system also results in richer, timelier and higher quality data, which will improve the evidence base for policy and on the ground service by the FRS.
|(1) Costs for enhancement.|
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties owned by the Department were liable for payment of (a) business rates and (b) empty property rates in each of the last five years; and what the bill for each was in each such year. 
|Fire Experimental Unit, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire|
|Business rates||Empty rates|
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff took paternity leave from his Department in each of the last five years; and what the average length of such leave has been. 
Barbara Follett: The Department for Communities and Local Government provides fathers or the mother's husband/civil partner/partner (including unmarried couples and same sex partners) with 10 days paid Maternity Support Leave for each child born. This leave is approved and recorded by individual line managers but no central record is maintained. As a consequence there would be a disproportionate cost in collecting and reporting this information.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 25 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2008-09, HC 449, for what reasons the salary ranges relating to Director-General (a) Mike Falvey and (b) Joe Montgomery were increased by £20,000 in 2008-09. 
Mr. Malik [holding answer 9 September 2009]: In the Department's Resource Accounts, the salaries paid to Board members are identified in bands of £5,000. Details are provided for the period covered by the Resource Accounts and for the previous financial year.
In the financial year 2008-09, the salary paid to Director-General Joe Montgomery increased as a result of payment of a non-consolidated sum, under the annual pay arrangements for senior civil servants, together with repositioning of his base salary to reflect an increase in responsibility. With these increases, the total paid in salary to Joe Montgomery in 2008-09 exceeded the previous threshold for the band in which his income had been reported in 2007-08.
The salary paid to Director-General Mike Falvey increased as a result of payment of a non-consolidated sum that formed part of the contractual arrangements
agreed at the time of his appointment. With this increase, the total paid in salary to Mike Falvey in 2008-09 exceeded the previous threshold for the band in which his income had been reported in 2007-08.
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