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Motorway Service Areas

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what criteria his Department uses for determining need for motorway service areas. [147419]

Mr. Hill: Proposals for new motorway service areas (MSAs) are subject to the normal operation of the land use planning system. It is therefore for local planning authorities--or the inquiry Inspector in the event of an appeal--rather than my Department to weigh the need for a proposed MSA. Guidance to planners on how to assess that need is contained in Circular Roads 1-94 and a policy statement which the then Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Ms Jackson), made to the House on 31 July 1998, Official Report, column 611W. Copies of both documents are available from the Library.

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) if it remains the policy of his Department that a motorway service area is required on the south-western quadrant of the M25 motorway; [147418]

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Mr. Hill: The statement to the House by the then Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Highgate (Ms Jackson), on 31 July 1998, Official Report, column 611W, described the Government's policy on the spacing of motorway service areas (MSAs). It explained that this policy was likely to mean that there would be either one or two MSAs on the western side of the M25. The policy did not, and does not, necessarily require an MSA on the south-western sector. Proposals will therefore be considered on their individual planning merits and there is no presumption that either a site within this sector, or any other currently proposed M25 MSA, must be successful.

Homes Bill

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when, where and for how long (a) the Housing Minister and (b) his officials have met the Council of Mortgage Lenders to discuss the Homes Bill, and if he will indicate the names and titles of those attending the meetings. [147799]

Mr. Raynsford: Since publication of the Homes Bill on 13 December 2000, I have not met the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). My last meeting with the CML took place on 4 December, when I addressed their Annual Conference.

The CML have been involved from the outset in the Home Buying and Selling Advisory Group, which assists the Government in developing its proposals. The Group comprises the major representative bodies with an interest in home buying and selling (including consumers), and officials from DETR and other Departments. It is chaired by Michael Gahagan, Director of Housing at DETR. The Group has met once since publication of the Bill, on 12 January.

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The CML and the Department have attended two sub-committees of the Advisory Group since publication of the Bill: the Home Condition Report Working Group, at RICS, Great George street, London, on 8 January 2001; and the Home Inspectors Certification Board Steering Group Meeting on Thursday 11 January 2001. Both these meetings were also attended by other stakeholders in the home buying and selling process.

My officials have had two meetings recently with the CML about our home buying and selling proposals. The first was on 22 November; the second was on 15 December 2000. Both meetings lasted about one and a half hours. Full details of attendees are as follows.























Rough Sleepers Unit

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the names and salaries of the three most senior staff at the Rough Sleepers Unit. [147800]

Ms Armstrong: Louise Casey, the Director of the Rough Sleepers Unit, is a member of the Senior Civil Service on fixed-term contract whose salary is within the band £70,000 to £75,000. Gordon Campbell the Deputy Director of the Unit is on secondment from London Borough Grants and DETR reimburses LBG for his employment costs which currently are £54,000. The third most senior member of staff Carol Sweetenham is a band 7 civil servant whose salary is within the pay range for this grade, which is currently £45,526 to £60,095.

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the annual budget is of the Rough Sleepers Unit. [147797]

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Ms Armstrong: The Rough Sleepers Unit was established in April 1999 and has a three-year programme expenditure budget up to 31 March 2002 of just over £198 million. This includes a number of funding streams previously administered by other Government Departments, most notably the Department of Health and the Department of Social Security. Almost £73 million of the available funding is capital expenditure administered on the Unit's behalf by the Housing Corporation to provide a range of temporary and permanent accommodation for rough sleepers. The remainder meets the on-going costs of a range of accommodation and support services throughout England to help rough sleepers move away from the streets and to rebuild their lives. The Unit has the ability to use its three-year budget in a flexible manner. Therefore it would not be appropriate to give an annual budget figure.

Over the same three-year period, the Rough Sleepers Unit has an administration budget of £3.641 million.

Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what guidance has been issued to managing agents of the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (a) on the need to publish analysis of works carried out under the scheme (b) the frequency and format of publication and (c) to whom this information should be made available. [147811]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 29 January 2001]: As part of their contracts for managing the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme, Eaga Partnership Ltd. and Eastern HEES Ltd. are required to collect energy efficiency data in regard to homes improved through the programme. This information will be provided annually free of charge to all local authorities in England 1 . Summary monthly reports will be posted on the scheme managers' internet websites to reach all those who have an interest. We are currently in discussion with the scheme managers about the exact format of the data collected.


Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many households have benefited from grants paid under the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme for (a) insulation improvements only, (b) heating improvements only and (c) heating and insulation improvements; and how many households have benefited under New HEES plus from grant assistance for, (i) insulation improvements only, (ii) central heating installation only and (iii) central heating installation and insulation improvements. [147812]

Mr. Meacher [holding answer 29 January 2001]: The new Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) was launched on 1 June 2000 and is run by two scheme managers in England: Eaga Partnership Ltd. and Eastern HEES Ltd. with the actual work carried out by independent installers. The table as shown identifies the number of households, which have received either (a) insulation, (b) heating or (c) insulation and heating measures through either HEES or HEES Plus and where the invoice for the work has been received and paid.

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MeasureHEESHEES plusTotal
Insulation only31,00019,80050,800
Heating only4001,7002,100
Insulation and Heating4001,2501,600
Total31,80022,75054,500

A further 82,000 works orders have been placed with installers. At present it is taking installers up to six weeks to send in their invoices from the date of actual installation. It is therefore, likely that a significant proportion of these orders have been completed but not as yet invoiced.


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