The A46 Newark to Widmerpool scheme is a regional project that is part-funded by the national roads programme as part of accelerated expenditure under the fiscal stimulus initiative announced in July 2009. The budget allocation identified in the table above relates only to the contribution to scheme costs from the national budget.

The Birmingham Box Phase 1 and Phase 2 schemes were both identified in the January 2009 policy statement but are to be funded from the HA Network Operations budget.

The A14 Traffic Technology scheme was also identified in the January 2009 policy statement but is to be funded from the Department for Transport Technology Innovation Fund.

There is one further investment commitment planned before the end of financial year 2009-10; however, this remains subject to approval from HM Treasury. The replacement of the Catthorpe Viaduct forms part of the M1 Junction 19 Improvement scheme. An initial investment commitment of up to £25 million is planned with costs apportioned equally between 2010-11 and 2011-12. Any further investment commitment will only be made once the statutory process has been completed for the scheme as a whole.

Roads: Snow and Ice

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps have been taken

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since 4 February 2009 to ensure that local authorities have adequate supplies of road salt. [316822]

Mr. Khan: Winter service, including provisioning adequate salt stocks, is a matter for each individual local highway authority. Salt is available on open markets from a range of sources.

Valuable reviews were conducted last year by the Transport Select Committee “(The Effects of Adverse Weather Conditions on Transport, HC328), the Local Government Association (Weathering the Storm), the UK Roads Liaison Group “(Lessons from the Severe Weather February 2009)” and the Greater London Authority “(Slipping Up?)”. I explained to the House on 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 122WS the action the Government have taken to implement the recommendations in the UK Roads Liaison Group’s report.

The salt cell, which has been established to advise salt suppliers which areas of the nation's road network have the greatest need for salt, has operated from 5 February 2009 to 12 March 2009, and from 6 January 2010 to the present.

Roads: Standards

Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) if he will bring forward proposals to increase the powers of enforcement available to local authorities to ensure that roads and amenity spaces are brought up to an appropriate standard for adoption; [316274]

(2) by what mechanisms local authorities ensure that roads and amenity spaces are brought up to an appropriate standard for adoption. [316275]

Mr. Khan: Under the Highways Act 1980, local highway authorities may adopt streets that they are not currently responsible for maintaining. It is for individual authorities to decide whether they wish to adopt particular streets, taking account of local priorities, but a street may be adopted only if the majority of owners in that street agree. The Act also provides powers, under the private street works code, for a highway authority to bring a street up to the standard required for adoption and to recover the costs from frontagers.

If a developer intends that a street on a new development should become part of the public highway network, it should either provide a deposit or bond to cover the cost of ensuring the street meets the standard for adoption, or enter into an adoption agreement with the local highway authority. Enquiries made by purchasers' solicitors should reveal what arrangements are being made by the developer in relation to adoption of the street.

We have not received representations from local authorities that these long-standing statutory arrangements are insufficient, so we have no current proposals for changes.

Snow and Ice

Bob Spink: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department arising from the severe weather conditions in the period 4 January to 18 January 2010; and if he will make a statement. [313592]

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Chris Mole: The Department for Transport has made no estimate of the costs to it arising from the severe weather conditions in the period between 4 January and 18 January 2010.

During this period, the Department took prompt action to respond to the exceptional circumstances experienced by our transport systems. In particular, the Department activated the Salt Cell on 6 January to provide advice on priorities for deliveries.

All costs incurred as a result of activating the Salt Cell will be met from within the Department's existing resources.

Communities and Local Government

Affordable Housing

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency spent acquiring unsold stock for affordable housing in each month since February 2009; and how many such properties have been purchased. [316181]

John Healey: I refer the hon. Member to the answers he was given by my hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Wright) on 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 220W and on 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1115W.

Information on expenditure on acquisitions for 2009-10 will be available after the end of the financial year.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications were received for the (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy, (d) First Time Buyer's Initiative and (e) Social HomeBuy schemes in each region in each year since 2005. [316253]

John Healey: The following table shows the number of applications received for Open Market HomeBuy for 2006-07 to 2008-09. Information prior to 2006-07 is not held centrally.

Region2006-072007-082008-09

London

5,024

11,364

10,820

South East

9,818

13,307

21,113

East

2,103

4,921

11,701

South West

3,724

7,862

8,866

East Midlands

535

679

1,691

West Midlands

1,007

776

1,259

North West

754

742

1,310

North East

54

156

231

Yorkshire and Humberside

413

793

1,447

Total

23,432

40,600

58,438

Information on applications for the First Time Buyers Initiative is only held at a national level. The following table shows the number of applications for 2006-07 to 2008-09, there were no applications received before then.

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Applications

2006-07

13,992

2007-08

18,282

2008-09

21,281

Information on applications for HomeBuy Direct, New Build HomeBuy and Social HomeBuy is not held centrally. Applications are processed by HomeBuy Agents (appointed housing associations).

Audit Commission

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1261W, on the Audit Commission: procurement, how much the Audit Commission has spent on Roleplay UK in the last 36 months; and on what dates. [315625]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 9 February 2010:

Your Parliamentary Question outlined above has been passed to me to reply.

The Audit Commission has spent £166,179 in the last 36 months with Roleplay UK. A breakdown showing when these payments were made is shown in the table attached.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.

2007
Invoice dateAmount

6 February 2007

1,186.87

7 February 2007

564.00

12 February 2007

744.72

15 February 2007

1,089.94

15 February 2007

554.13

2 March 2007

1,233.16

8 March 2007

1,103.91

8 March 2007

1,202.03

15 March 2007

1,318.47

26 March 2007

439.22

28 March 2007

697.66

28 March 2007

962.92

28 March 2007

640.96

28 March 2007

186.83

28 March 2007

755.47

4 April 2007

24.79

11 April 2007

242.29

11 April 2007

1,138.46

13 April 2007

564.71

13 April 2007

726.39

30 April 2007

969.61

30 April 2007

2,296.66

4 May 2007

574.34

4 May 2007

1,115.94

9 May 2007

1,894.81

18 May 2007

488.57

22 May 2007

1,420.69

1 June 2007

758.82

1 June 2007

723.57

1 June 2007

897.82

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25 June 2007

2,367.63

27 June 2007

496.56

3 July 2007

1,200.03

13 July 2007

724.62

13 July 2007

724.62

13 July 2007

869.62

23 July 2007

1,116.13

27 July 2007

1,316.35

6 September 2007

1,159.61

18 September 2007

1,405.77

24 September 2007

1,157.73

26 September 2007

825.32

26 September 2007

752.94

28 September 2007

2,198.82

28 September 2007

691.84

31 July 2007

567.06

8 October 2007

691.84

12 October 2007

1,185.69

12 October 2007

3,454.39

12 October 2007

2,361.23

19 October 2007

1,889.64

26 October 2007

747.07

26 October 2007

1,652.64

26 October 2007

3,859.02

26 October 2007

288.12

5 November 2007

1,806.37

12 November 2007

2,396.94

12 November 2007

1,894.57

22 November 2007

2,765.25

29 November 2007

2,430.02

29 November 2007

1,822.35

6 December 2007

1,969.30

18 December 2007

1,286.63

Total

76,593.48