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(64) what (a) mortality and (b) financial assumptions were made by (i) his Department, (ii) the Homes and Communities Agency and (iii) the Tenant Services Authority in relation to its pension scheme in each of the last three years. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 November 2009, Official Report, column 1124W, on the Homes and Communities Agency: consultants, (1) how much was spent by Homes and Communities Agency on High Profile Events; how much of that was spent on consultancy costs; and if he will make a statement; 
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|(1) Includes event management, travel, marketing, staff salaries and press cuttings costs.|
(2) Includes grants and marketing costs.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by the Homes and Communities Agency Academy on (a) developing, (b) publicising and (c) conducting its online introductory course for place-making; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The development cost associated with the academy's 10 week online workshops were incurred prior to the creation of the Homes and Communities Agency. Publicity costs have amounted to £816. The continued support costs associated with the course are £21,000 to deliver seven workshops since 1 April 2009. The total costs to date are therefore £21,816, which equates to a cost per person of £33.72. The workshops give practitioners and professionals advice, guidance and support from experienced tutors.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what forecasts of housing market trends (a) his Department, (b) the Homes and Communities Agency and (c) the Tenant Services Authority have commissioned; 
(6) how many sites on the Register of Surplus Public Sector Land are classed as suitable for new homes to be built on; and what estimate has been made of the number of new homes which could be built on such sites; 
(9) how many homes were purchased under the National Clearing House scheme in each of the last three years; and how many such homes were subsequently (a) sold, (b) used for affordable rent, (c) purchased under shared ownership and (d) unused. 
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost to landlords of the introduction of direct payment of local housing allowance in (a) 2009-10 and (b) each of the subsequent five years. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities would have to take on historic debt in addition to that already held under the Government's preferred option for housing revenue account reform. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The debt allocated to each council under self-financing would be set at a level which it could support within a sustainable business plan which delivers the extra investment needed while continuing to set social rents in line with national policy.
The amount of housing debt allocated to each council will depend on a range of variables in addition to assumptions on annual management, maintenance and repairs costs. These include rent levels, interest rates, the pricing of risk and the funding of the backlog of
repairs. The work on assessing these issues has not yet been completed so I am not now in a position to estimate the amount of debt each council would hold under the new system. I am however clear that the additional spending on management, maintenance and major repairs which we have committed to fund as part of our reforms mean that all councils would be better off under self-financing than they would be if the current system continued unreformed.
Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the cost-benefit impact assessment of funding for overground oil tanks contained in Proposals for amending the approved document J (combustion appliances and fuel storage systems) of the Buildings Regulations omitted (a) the potential wider costs to the environment and the potential health implications of water and environmental contamination, (b) the benefit to tank manufacturers of selling a high-specification tank as standard and (c) any estimate of the damage caused by non-reported spillages; and if he will commission a further impact assessment study. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The consultation stage impact assessment, which was included in my Department's consultation document on proposals for amending part J of the building regulations, explains in some detail how the potential benefits of bunding all domestic oil tanks has been estimated.
(a) A figure for environmental damage of £10,000 per incident is included in the assessment. This is an indicative estimated average provided by the Environment Agency.
(b) The benefits to manufacturers were not considered to be significant but manufacturers of oil tanks may wish to provide estimates of this in their response to the consultation.
(c) There is no way of reliably assessing the number of unreported incidents, however the sensitivity analysis, included in the impact assessment suggests that only a very high number of unreported incidents would affect the conclusions of the assessment.
The consultation specifically invites comments on the impact assessment and my Officials have already been in discussion with the Oil Firing Technical Association and the Environment Agency to see if the impact assessment can be improved. It is normal practice to revisit an impact assessment once a consultation is complete.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) council houses, (b) social houses for rent, (c) affordable houses for sale and (d) other private houses to be built in the year ending 1 April 2010. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been built in (a) Peterborough constituency, (b) Cambridgeshire and (c) the East of England since 1997. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent assessment is of the effectiveness of his Department's guidelines contained in the (a) Decent Homes Standard and (b) Housing Health and Safety Rating System in respect of fire safety. 
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions (a) he and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have had with the Mayor of London on (i) the HCA's Public Land Initiative and (ii) the Mayor's audit of surplus Greater London Authority (GLA) land; how much of the surplus GLA land falls under the Public Land Initiative; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: In September 2009 I discussed the delivery of affordable housing in London and the Public Land Initiative investment launched as part of the Government's Housing Pledge with the Mayor of London, and I also wrote to the Mayor stressing the important contribution that surplus public sector land can make to increasing the supply of homes across all tenures, and suggested that the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), London Development Agency (LDA) and Transport for London (TfL) should be asked urgently to prepare a joint plan for managing their land assets to support affordable housing delivery in London.
Officials from the HCA are continuing to examine with Greater London Authority (GLA) officials ways
to increase home building, in particular affordable homes, on surplus land belonging to the GLA, including the LDA and TfL.
None of the GLA's surplus land currently falls under the Public Land Initiative. Early this month I wrote to the Mayor of London proposing that he should work with HCA on this specific initiative to support delivery of homes in London.
John Healey: The Housing Kickstart Programme, managed by the Homes and Communities Agency, operates across the whole of England including rural areas, where it has a lower threshold for schemes to enable typically smaller schemes to be considered. In Round one of the Kickstart programme 23 of the 91 projects now approved are in rural areas. These will generate over 1,600 homes with investment of around £37 million.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social housing tenants purchased equity in a home through (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) Rent to HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy, (d) MyChoice HomeBuy, (e) OwnHome, (f) First Time Buyer's Initiative, (g) New Build HomeBuy and (h) Social HomeBuy in each of the last three years. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeowners there were in (a) Vale of Clwyd, (b) each region of England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland in each of the last 20 years. 
|Number of homeowners in UK by region 1996 to 2008|
|Households ( T housand)|
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Office for National Statistics, Labour Force Survey, 1996-2008
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