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Baroness Andrews: The table below shows the number of house building completions in England and in the east of England broken down by county and unitary authority in the 2008 calendar year.



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New build completions 2008

East of England

18,880

Luton Borough Council UA

176

Peterborough City Council UA

766

Southend-on-Sea Council UA

176

Thurrock Council UA

incomplete data

Bedfordshire County Council

1,446

Cambridgeshire County Council

incomplete data

Essex County Council

incomplete data

Hertfordshire County Council

incomplete data

Norfolk County Council

3,043

Suffolk County Council

3,188

England

141,910

The regional and national totals include imputation for missing local authority returns. The county and unitary authority figures are as reported by local authorities and the National House-Building Council; no figure is given where a county or unitary authority has one or more missing (local authority) quarterly returns as the full level of housebuilding activity in the local area is not known.

Housing: Affordable Homes

Questions

Asked by Lord Hanningfield

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): New affordable homes are additional housing units (or bed spaces) provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market, and include social rent, intermediate rent and low cost home ownership.

There were 43,560 new affordable homes built in England in 2007-08. Not all affordable housing is provided by new build completions, as some supply can come from acquisitions. A total of 53,730 affordable homes were provided in England in 2007-08.

The affordable housing figures are collected by CLG on a financial year basis, the latest figures being 2007-08.

CLG do not collect figures showing the number of affordable homes provided in 2007-08 that remain unoccupied. The Housing Strategy Statistical Return (HSSA) includes figures on the total number of vacant local authority and registered social landlord social rented homes, but these cannot be broken down to show how many of these were newly provided affordable homes in 2007-08.

Asked by Lord Hanningfield



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Baroness Andrews: In May 2008, the Government announced a plan to take advantage of market opportunities to bring private sector developer stock into the affordable housing sector by providing £200 million of funding through the Housing Corporation's national affordable housing programme (AHP) for the purchase of homes from house builders.

To the end of January 2009 around £198 million had been allocated from the initial £200 million. This funding is expected to deliver 5,700 affordable homes around 4,000 of which will be for social rent.

Housing: Black and Ethnic Minority Housing Associations

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): This information is not available. The Tenant Services Authority does not register housing associations as being either ethnic-based or faith-based. Its role is to ensure that all housing associations respond effectively to the needs of the diverse communities that they serve.

Immigration

Questions

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Currently there are 21 detainees held in the estate who are stateless people.

Asked by Lord Patten

Lord West of Spithead: The right of British Nationals to enter the UK and any compatible rights under Protocol 4 to the European Convention of Human Rights is not an issue that is covered by the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill.

Only persons with the right of abode in the UK under Section 2 of the Immigration Act 1971, being British citizens and certain Commonwealth citizens, are free to enter and remain in the UK without being subject to immigration control.



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British nationals without the right of abode do not enjoy a right as set out in the Protocol 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is because the UK has signed but not ratified Article 3 of Protocol 4 to the European Convention on Human Rights. The protocol was signed in 1963 but not subsequently ratified because of the potential conflict with our domestic law in relation to the issue of British passports and the acquisition of a right of abode by categories of British nationals who do not currently have that right.

British nationals continue to be admitted freely to the United Kingdom on production of a United Kingdom passport issued in the United Kingdom and Islands or the Republic of Ireland prior to 1 January 1973, unless their passport has been endorsed to show that they are subject to immigration control. British nationals may also naturalise or register as a British citizen under the British Nationality Act 1981 and therefore acquire the right of abode in the UK under the Immigration Act 1971.

Immigration: Repatriation

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): We have already provided funding to support local authorities in helping destitute eastern European migrants return home or to find work. In London, councils are working with homelessness charities to voluntarily repatriate those eastern European migrants who become destitute. We continue to work with Homeless Link, the national umbrella organisation for homelessness charities, on tackling rough sleeping by eastern European migrants.

National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The following funds have been allocated to the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group (NM WAG) for the three years from 2008-09:

2008-092009-102010-11

Running costs

£40,000

£40,000

£40,000

Projects

£150,000

£200,000

£200,000



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NHS Branding

Question

Asked by Lord Clement-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The department has provided clarification and advice on the use of the National Health Service logo to those who originated the document entitled Homeopathic Services. They have also been asked not to circulate the document bearing the logo any further, and to ensure that the logo is not used on any future documents without prior permission from the department.

NHS: Health Informatics

Question

Asked by Earl Howe

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The second stage of the health informatics review will be published by the end of March 2009.

Primary care trust chief executives will continue to lead local health informatics programmes to ensure that informatics underpins the implementation of service transformation. Guidance and more detailed expectations are provided in Informatics Planning Guidance 2009-10, published alongside the NHS Operating Framework 2009-10.

Both documents, published on 8 December 2008, have already been placed in the Library and can also be accessed from the department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH091445.

Pensions

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Government were not involved in negotiating and did not give approval to the pension benefits paid to Sir Fred Goodwin. The Government understand that the financial arrangements were agreed by then directors of the Royal Bank of Scotland and Sir Fred Goodwin.

Schengen Area

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The UK has not applied to participate in the full Schengen acquis as that would require the lifting of internal border controls and it would also undermine our immigration controls overseas. Those controls are central to our ability to manage migration. Any decision to change our position would involve full parliamentary scrutiny in both Houses.

Vessels: Detection

Question

Asked by Lord Jones of Cheltenham

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government advise the St Helena Government on measures which may be introduced to improve detection of vessels in the island's territorial waters and to combat illegal fishing. Such measures are proportionate to the scale of fishing activities in St Helena's waters. However, responsibility for the introduction of any measures rests with the St Helena Government. Unlike in the Falkland Islands, fishing in St Helena waters is artisanal and generates minimal income for St Helena.


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