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East Coast Main Line

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which phases of the infrastructure upgrades on the East Coast Line have so far been (a) started and on what date and (b) completed and on what date; on what dates the subsequent phases of the upgrades are due (i) to start and (ii) to be completed; and if he will make a statement. [17790]

Mr. Byers [holding answer 23 November 2001]: Phase 1 of the project, which commenced in 1999, provides capacity improvements to the Leeds Station area and is expected to be completed by 2004–05. The Strategic Rail Authority is continuing to take forward project development work on the upgrade.

Millennium Dome

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he has set a deadline for concluding (a) the sale and (b) a lease of (i) the Millennium Dome and (ii) the site of the Millennium Dome. [18069]

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Ms Keeble: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for South Suffolk (Mr. Yeo) on 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 906W.

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what offers have been made (a) to purchase and (b) to lease (i) the Millennium Dome and (ii) the site of the Millennium Dome since 1 January. [18070]

Ms Keeble: While the process to secure a long-term use of the Dome continues, it would not be appropriate to publish such information, which is commercially confidential. To reveal any of these details would undermine on-going discussions, would not be conducive to a successful conclusion and would be against the public interest.

Social Housing

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many houses were built by the 10 largest housing associations in each of the last three years; how many are projected for next financial year; and what grant was payable to each association in each of those years. [18351]

Ms Keeble [holding answer 27 November 2001]: (a) Based on information supplied by the Housing Corporation, the number of self-contained units built by the 10 largest housing associations in each of the last three years are as shown in the following three tables. Also shown is the total grant allocated to the housing association during each year for building purposes.

Self-contained units built
1998–99TotalBuilt without subsidyBuilt with subsidyAllocation £000
North British Housing Ltd.79511268316,092
Sanctuary Housing Association677346437,670
London and Quadrant Housing Trust532053214,828
Riverside Housing Association Ltd.46504658,812
The Guinness Trust439043910,295
Hyde Housing Association Ltd.4321341913,299
Northern Counties Housing Association Ltd.3921142785,337
William Sutton Trust32703274,512
Home Group Ltd.2915623512,622
Anchor Trust28202823,892
Total4,6323294,30397,358

Self-contained units built
1999–2000TotalBuilt without subsidyBuilt with subsidyAllocation £000
North British Housing Ltd.1,13156956214,947
Home Group Ltd.593059312,089
The Guinness Trust58405847,457
Sanctuary Housing Association49554902,894
Hyde Housing Association Ltd.4581744110,650
London and Quadrant Housing Trust398039812,880
Northern Counties Housing Association Ltd.312312815,464
Riverside Housing Association Ltd.2911091825,806
Anchor Trust151015111,147
Paddington Churches Housing Association Ltd.10401044,681
Total4,5177313,78688,016

Self-contained units built
2000–01TotalBuilt without subsidyBuilt with subsidyAllocation £000
Home Group Ltd.70557007,605
North British Housing Ltd.5774753013,350
The Guinness Trust416041614,544
Hyde Housing Association Ltd.4161040615,834
Northern Counties Housing Association Ltd.306452614,400
London and Quadrant Housing Trust284028422,106
Riverside Housing Association Ltd.274622124,827
Anchor Trust132013212,615
Sanctuary Housing Association11101116,315
Peabody Trust5612443,659
Total3,2771813,096105,255

Notes:

1. The top 10 RSLs/HAs by size, for each of the three periods, was determined by totalling, for each RSL, the following figures:

their total stock of self-contained units;

the number of hostel/shared housing bedspaces;

the number of units where the RSL had an interest in a shared ownership scheme or a leasehold for the elderly scheme;

the stock managed for non-RSLs (stock managed for other RSLs was excluded).

2. It is important to note that grants allocated to an RSL may not necessarily be reflected in the number of units built within that same year.

3. The total grant allocation is the sum of the ADP grant allocated by the Housing Corporation and the LASHG grant allocated by the local authority.

4. The number of units built annually comprises new-build self-contained units only.


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(b) Housing Corporation allocations to the top 10 RSLs in 2001–02 for the construction of new units are as follows:

ADP allocation £000Number of units to be built with this allocation
Peabody Trust17,736243
Riverside Housing Association Ltd.2,03495
Sanctuary Housing Association1,32874
Northern Counties Housing Association Ltd.3,282108
North British Housing Ltd.9,522283
Home Group Ltd.11,569288
Hyde Housing Association Ltd.15,565315
The Guinness Trust9,883243
London and Quadrant Housing Trust22,538352
Anchor Trust8,153140
Total101,6102,141

Note:

The allocation figures represent the start-of-year position for accepted allocations prior to grant confirmation. Note that the allocation in the table refers to ADP allocations by the Housing Corporation only. Information on LASHG grants for the current year are not yet available.


Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many households in council and RSL properties will not have reached their target rents by 2012–13. [18625]

Ms Keeble: The information is not available. In particular, rate of increase of actual council and RSL rents over the next 10 years will depend, among other things, on the outcome of future spending reviews (for council rents) and periodic reviews by the Housing Corporation (for RSL rents).

Aviation Industry

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what calculations his Department has made as to the additional costs incurred as a result of increased security measures

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at United Kingdom airports since 11 September by (a) United Kingdom airports, (b) airlines and (c) other service providers. [18451]

Mr. Jamieson: Following informal contacts between my Department and the aviation industry we estimate that the extra security measures introduced since 11 September will have cost the aviation industry about £50 million by the end of the year.

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to assist (a) United Kingdom airports and (b) airlines in respect of additional costs incurred as a result of increased security measures at United Kingdom airports. [18452]

Mr. Jamieson: We are considering whether emergency aid should be paid to the UK aviation industry to compensate for the events of 11 September, and we will take the guidelines on state aid issued by the European Commission and endorsed by the EU Transport Council fully into account in any decision.

Car Ownership (Arundel and South Downs)

Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people owned a car in the constituency of Arundel and South Downs in the last year for which figures are available. [18311]

Mr. Jamieson: The Department has no information on the number of people owning cars in the Arundel and South Downs constituency. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency record shows that the number of currently licensed cars registered to keepers in the Arundel and South Downs constituency at December 2000 was 47,966.


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