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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what powers the Government directors on Railtrack have been given; and whom they will report to. [157701]

Mr. Hill: There are no Government directors on the Railtrack Board. On 2 April, Railtrack announced its intention to appoint a non-executive director to its main Board with a remit to provide a public interest and consumer voice within the Board. On reporting, normal corporate governance arrangements will apply, with the new director under the same obligations as other non-executive directors.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what discussions have taken place on Government shareholding in Railtrack in exchange for (a) Government funding and (b) subsidy. [157700]

Mr. Hill: The package of rail measures announced on 2 April included an agreed Statement of Principles setting out the basis for a new relationship between Railtrack and Government. The package did not include proposals for Government to acquire more shares in the company.

Housing (Southwark)

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much money has been (a) bid for, (b) allocated, (c) handed over and (d) spent on (i) housing and (ii) regeneration schemes in the London borough of Southwark in each of the last five years. [157264]

Mr. Raynsford: The principal funding that this Department has provided to the London borough of Southwark for (i) housing and (ii) regeneration schemes are shown in the table. This includes grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.

These figures have been drawn together from a wide variety of sources and are the most accurate available at this time.

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Housing Investment Programme
Bid for(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--
Handed over20,129,00027,752,00029,229,00045,946,00052,921,000
Housing Revenue Account Subsidy(15)
Bid for(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--
Handed over130,861,916122,044,327115,504,573(16)117,290,559(17)--
Cash Incentive Scheme
Bid for(14)--(14)--(13)--(13)--(13)--
Handed over3,253,0002,029,000(13)--(13)--(13)--
SRB Funding(19)
Bid for(14)--(14)--(14)--(14)--(13)--
Handed over16,052,33615,848,06411,917,2629,397,663(17)--
New Deal for Communities Funding Phase Two(12)
Bid for(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--
Handed over(13)--13,050 (22)531,974 (13)--
Spent(13)--13,050 (22)531,974 (13)--
New Deal For Communities Funding Phase Three(12)
Bid for(13)--(13)--56,200,000(13)--(13)--
Handed over(13)--(13)--(13)--370,768(17)--
Neighbourhood Renewal Funding
Bid for(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--
Handed over(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--(17)--
Capital Challenge (Supplementary Credit and Basic Credit Approvals)(12)
Bid for(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--(13)--
Handed over1,807,6714,182,0004,195,000(13)--(13)--
Estate Action
Bid for(14)--(14)--(13)--(13)--(13)--
Handed over6,653,3163,200,627(13)--(13)--(13)--

(12) Where known

(13) Not applicable

(14) Not available

(15) Spend figures are for the whole HRA account, including figures from rent rebates, and HRA revenue contributions to capital spending. Housing revenue account subsidy is just a contribution to the whole HRA account.

(16) Provisional figures

(17) Not known

(18) Estimated

(19) The figures are the most accurate currently available, but the LDA SRB database is currently in the process of verification.

(20) Projected

(21) Developmental phase for working up full bid for Phase Three.

(22) Over two years

(23) Actual bid made in 1999-2000 for £56.2 million over 10 years.

(24) Actual bid made in 1996-97 for £9,945,000 million over three years. Allocation of £10,188,000 made in 1996-97 over three years, spend commencing from 1997-98.

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Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the outstanding debt is on Southwark council housing; and what his estimate is of the cost of the outstanding necessary capital works to Southwark council housing. [157265]

Mr. Raynsford: The Housing Revenue Account (HRA) credit ceiling is an assessment of the amount of an authority's outstanding debt that is attributed to its own housing stock. The 2000-01 mid-year HRA credit ceiling for Southwark borough council as at 30 September was £732,105,357.

The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) does not make estimates centrally of the outstanding necessary capital works to individual local authorities' housing stock. As part of the annual Housing Investment Programme local authorities are asked to provide estimates to the DETR of the amount they need to invest on capital works to their stock. Southwark council estimated that at April 2000, they needed to spend £220 million to bring their own housing stock (of almost 48,000 units) into a satisfactory condition.

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