Prepared: 15:45 on 26th August 2014

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House of Lords

Summer Recess 2014

Written Answers and Statements

Affordable Housing: Greater London 

Question

Asked by Lord Verjee  

To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they are supporting the Greater London Authority in providing affordable accommodation for young professionals within the capital.[HL1728]

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con): The Government has delegated responsibility for housing in London to the Greater London Authority.

This Government has provided £1.1 billion of funding to the Greater London Authority that has unlocked further private investment to help meet the Mayor’s target of delivering 55,000 new affordable homes by 2015, in fact almost 49,000 new affordable homes have already been delivered in London since 2010-11 based on current estimates. A further £1.25 billion of funding is being provided which, with the additional private investment this will unlock, will deliver a further 42,000 affordable homes in London by 2018.

We have launched Help to Buy: Equity Loan which enables people to fund the purchase of a new build home with a five per cent deposit and an equity loan of twenty per cent. By the end of June 2014 there had been 1,750 sales in London.

The £1 billion Build to Rent Fund is financing the construction of new homes specifically for private rent in London and across England. Three of the projects already in contract are together delivering over 500 new homes for private rent in London, including in Ealing, Brentford, West Drayton, Newham and Barnet.

We are creating new Housing Zones to support housing development on brownfield sites in London with £400 million funding from the government and the Mayor of London. The Mayor expects to create 50,000 new homes in twenty Housing Zones across London.

Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft 

Question

Asked by Lord Moonie  

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Phillip Dunne MP on 2 July (HC Deb, col 678W), what is "the composite share ratio"; and what proportion of the £999 million government contribution it represents.[HL1732]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever) (Con): The Composite Share Ratio (CSR) is the financial contribution paid by each partner nation to common production, support and follow-on development activities for the collaborative partnership that jointly manages the international Joint Strike Fighter programme. This is a non-discretionary contribution which the UK committed to with other partner nations when signing the production, sustainment and follow-on Development Memorandum of Understanding in 2006. It buys joint assets such as production tooling and common technical services which enable the aircraft to be both manufactured and supported. CSR is calculated based on the total number of aircraft being procured by each nation.

At publication of the National Audit Office major Projects Report 2013, the CSR portion of the £999 million approved cost for the production of four aircraft, including initial spares provision, risk, concurrency, necessary programme and support arrangements and long lead items was £230.4 million. The last financial year of this CSR figure is based on an estimate which is subject to minor change and will be published in the National Audit Office Major Projects Report 2014. This CSR figure will be a reduction and not an increase.

Politics and Government: Females 

Question

Asked by Lord Verjee  

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the publication of the Ministry of Defence’s Global Strategic Trends out to 2045, what consideration they have given to its assessment that women at the highest levels of politics are likely to continue to be predominantly drawn from elite societal groups.[HL1723]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Astor of Hever) (Con): The Ministry of Defence publication "Global Strategic Trends-Out to 2045" assessments of gender equality performance show an overall improvement. Women’s participation in politics in both developing and developed countries has increased-a trend that has accelerated during the last decade. However, there are impediments to female participation as globally women often lack the resources to access politics. They find barriers at selection and campaigning stages as well as prejudicial attitudes during elections. As a result, women at this highest level of politics are likely to continue to be predominantly drawn from elite societal groups. The Government’s UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is available on the gov.uk website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/319870/FCO643_NAP_Printing_final3.pdf


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