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Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the increase in (a) Standard Spending Assessment and (b) council tax between the previous and current financial years was for (i) Bournemouth, (ii) Brighton and (iii) Blackpool; and if he will make a statement. [158246]

Ms Beverley Hughes: Standard Spending Assessments (SSAs) are a means of distributing a given total of grant which takes account of the demographic, physical and

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social characteristics of an area. Council tax levels are a matter for local authorities, which have to answer to their voters. SSA and council tax increases for 2001-02 are given in the table:

Borough council Standard Spending Assessment increase (percentage)Authority's own council tax increase (Band D) (percentage)
Bournemouth 3.410.0
Brighton and Hove 5.96.0
Blackpool 4.212.1

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Local Government Finance (Wiltshire)

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what funding his Department has provided to (a) Wiltshire county council and (b) Salisbury district council in the years 1997-98 to 2001-02, including grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure. [157791]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The principal funding that this Department has provided to Salisbury district council and Wiltshire county council in the years 1997-98 to 2001-02 are shown in the table (where available). These include grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.

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£ million

Nature of funding 1997-981998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02(36)
Revenue Support Grant3.2662.4732.3362.0642.273
(35)8.309(35)8.174(35)8.348(35)7.973(35)8.939
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates3.5163.6103.8814.3384.299
(35)8.107(35)8.524(35)9.329(35)10.641(35)10.458
Housing Investment Programme(44)1.1960.7280.9652.608(37)1.248
Housing Revenue Account Subsidy(44)1.9031.3781.205(38)1.684(47)--
Capital Receipts Initiative(44)0.4801.1381.010n/a(39)n/a
Cash Incentive Scheme(44)0.1000.050n/an/a(40)n/a
Loan Charges Defective Housing(44)79.646(41)79.646(41)79.646(41)79.646(41)79.646
Transport Supplementary Grant(45)(35)1.049(35)0.858(35)1.090(35)nil(35)0.154
Transport Annual Capital Guideline(45)(35)1.049(35)0.858(35)1.090(35)nil(35)nil
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval(45)(35)0.270(35)0.354(35)0.716(35)3.303(35)12.69
Rural Bus Challenge Grant(45)(35)nil(35)0.786(35)0.786(35)0.786(35),(42)1.004
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant(45)(35)nil(35)0.463(35)1.154(35)0.213(35),(46)--
Supplementary Credit Approvals (Salisbury Transport package)(43)n/an/an/an/a3.58

(35) Figures for Wiltshire

(36) Where known

(37) MRA is ring fenced from HIP resources and was allocated centrally to those local authorities who managed their own housing stock

(38) Provisional figure--subject to change

(39) CRI ceased as a programme after 1999-2000

(40) CIS still continues as a programme but without any DETR allocations

(41) Figures are estimated

(42) Figures represent the award--actual spend can be over more than one year

(43) Funds are paid to Wiltshire County Council, but can only be spent on Salisbury

(44) Funding applies to district level only

(45) Funding applies to county level only

(46) Not known

(47) Figures not yet available


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High Hedges

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the terms of reference given to the Building Research Establishment and Tree Advice Trust are to develop an objective way of assessing the obstruction of light by hedges; when the report will be completed; and when it will be published. [158469]

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Tree Advice Trust have been asked to produce guidance on the impact of evergreen hedges on daylight and sunlight to buildings, and loss of sunlight to gardens; and to devise a method for calculating what height a hedge needs to be in order to alleviate any obstruction of light.

Draft guidelines, including the proposed procedure for calculating hedge height, have recently been issued by BRE for limited consultation. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. These guidelines will be tested against a sample of problem hedges, and will be refined--

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as necessary--in the light of the results of these field tests and the consultation. The final report on this project is due to be submitted to my Department at the end of July 2001.

Rural Regeneration Partnerships

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the local rural regeneration partnerships operating in the south-west of England; and what the budget of each is for 2001-02. [158589]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The partnerships operating in the south-west of England are:







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The partnerships do not have specific budgets but have equal access to the Rural Programme given to the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) by DETR. The SW RDA's rural budget for 2001-02 is £9,388,000.

Park Homes Industry

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions on what date research was commissioned into the economics of the park homes industry; when the research is due to be completed; and when it will be published. [158470]

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: Research into the economics of the park homes industry was commissioned on 22 January 2001. Current plans are for the research to be completed by the end of September and a report to be published before the end of the year.

Highcliffe Castle

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when a decision

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will be taken on the application for alterations to Highcliffe castle to facilitate disabled access. [158468]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The application by Christchurch borough council for listed building consent to construct a temporary disabled ramp and associated works at Highcliffe castle was submitted to the Secretary of State on 15 February 2001. The Secretary of State is currently considering the issues and will ensure that the council is notified of the outcome as soon as possible.

Housing (London)

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will publish the allocations of capital housing expenditure for 2001-02 for each London borough broken down into (a) repairs to local authority property, (b) repairs to regulated social landlord property, (c) new local authority build and (d) new regulated social landlord property. [158584]

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: The table shows the three elements of the housing capital allocations through the Housing Investment Programme and the Major Repairs Allowance allocations to London authorities for 2001-02.

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£ million

Annual capital guidelinePrivate sector renewal grant transitional paymentsDisabled facilities grantMajor repairs allowance
Barking and Dagenham4.4190.0020.41215.220
Barnet5.202--0.5858.536
Bexley1.5530.1780.763--
Brent16.622--0.8798.013
Bromley2.2570.400.381--
Camden18.758--0.06822.184
City of London0.241--0.0031.771
Croydon5.870--0.42610.705
Ealing11.2000.2851.14111.419
Enfield3.9390.0840.6589.882
Greenwich11.084--0.50320.320
Hackney17.1480.0500.26822.733
Hammersmith and Fulham14.4210.0360.44111.261
Haringey18.697--0.56713.403
Harrow3.5400.0450.6894.133
Havering2.255--0.2328.822
Hillingdon5.1150.0370.8388.137
Hounslow3.6200.4600.58410.867
Islington12.651--0.21225.434
Kensington and Chelsea12.8100.0450.0555.817
Kingston upon Thames1.958--0.1993.746
Lambeth18.3700.3500.24827.361
Lewisham14.5630.2620.15421.858
Merton2.4920.0060.2085.022
Newham21.902--0.44817.178
Redbridge3.260--0.7474.483
Richmond upon Thames2.4400.0470.4434.682
Southwark13.9790.1980.28538.459
Sutton2.0270.0620.3586.199
Tower Hamlets14.8090.0990.27522.855
Waltham Forest14.3780.1200.4789.937
Wandsworth11.3861.5000.23714.773
Westminster17.107--0.23911.851

Note:

The Annual Capital Guideline (ACG) figures for Hammersmith and Fulham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest reflect small additional allocations made to those boroughs to fulfil ministerial commitments that authorities with housing stock would receive a combined 2001-02 housing ACG and Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) allocation that was at least 10 per cent. above their 2000-01 housing ACG. The adjustments were necessary as the final MRA allocations were not known until after the Housing Investment Programme allocations had been decided.


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Resources to enable local authorities to maintain their own housing stock are provided through the MRA allocations which are distributed through the Housing Revenue Account Subsidy system. ACG allocations are not subdivided between repair and new building or between council and registered social landlord stock and local authorities have full discretion to use these resources to match local needs and priorities.

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list for the latest available date for each London borough (a) the

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number of people on the housing waiting list, (b) the number of priority homeless and (c) the number of people accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation under housing legislation. [158582]

Mr. Robert Ainsworth: The table shows the number of households on the housing register, the number of homeless households in priority need accepted by London authorities and the number of households accommodated in bed and breakfast accommodation by London authorities under the provisions of the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts.

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Households on the housing register (April 2000)Acceptances of homeless households in priority need (January -December 2000)Households in B&B accommodation (December 2000)
Barking and Dagenham1,9252780
Barnet5,489293 (1)159
Bexley3,59234373
Brent1,26031,169477
Bromley3,264885139
Camden5,8841,00962
City of London7872434
Croydon6,2651,668401
Ealing7,709476 (3)337
Enfield6,001912252
Greenwich5,4731,2330
Hackney7,011414 (2)460
Hammersmith & Fulham4,726973316
Haringey9,5101,137 (3)222
Harrow2,610680156
Havering1,73855 (1)0
Hillingdon3,656858407
Hounslow5,0171,085180
Islington1,15901,485132
Kensington & Chelsea8,206612591
Kingston upon Thames3,113288 (3)16
Lambeth16,2201,008111
Lewisham9,7748910
Merton3,92017832
Newham11,1071,353562
Redbridge3,555430277
Richmond upon Thames4,992255 (3)71
Southwark5,5431,127 (3)257
Sutton2,15443246
Tower Hamlets6,7511,275145
Waltham Forest7,47690685
Wandsworth2,441628 (3)240
Westminster8,0991,037912

Note:

Numbers in brackets after an entry indicate the number of quarters for which figures were reported.


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