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Millennium Dome

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how much is to be paid for the Dome structure by English Partnerships' exclusive partner; [25112]

Ms Keeble: Through the proposed deal between English Partnerships and Meridian Delta Ltd., English Partnerships expects to receive hundreds of millions of pounds, over the lifetime of the project, including a guaranteed minimum price for the land that English Partnerships is putting into the joint venture. The amount to be received by English Partnerships will be determined further during negotiations with Meridian Delta Ltd., and will also be dependent on timing and quantum of future development.

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guarantees he is seeking from English Partnerships' exclusive partner about the circumstances in which they would be permitted to demolish the Dome structure. [25113]

Ms Keeble: The proposed deal with Meridian Delta Ltd. envisages a review of the Dome's physical structure in 2019, in the light of the then commercial conditions and the projected maintenance costs of the Dome.

Anschutz Entertainment Group, part of the Meridian Delta Ltd. consortium, and who would be responsible for building and operating the arena inside the Dome, have stated, publicly, their intention to retain the Dome for many years more than this.

Drink Driving

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many motorists were detected driving with a blood alcohol level beyond the permitted maximum broken down by bands of 20 mg in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [25159]

Mr. Jamieson: The number of positive or refused breath tests recorded in England and Wales in each of the last three years are shown in the table. This information is obtained from the Home Office. Information is not collected centrally on blood alcohol levels.

Positive or refused breath tests recorded in England and Wales

YearNumber
1998102,300
199994,100
200094,600

Housing (Tower Hamlets)

Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what factors account for the reduction in the major repairs allowance available for housing repairs in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. [25878]

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Ms Keeble: The major repairs allowance is calculated on a per dwelling basis. Between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2001 the number of local authority dwellings in Tower Hamlets fell by almost 6 per cent. However, a 2.4 per cent. increase in the allowance per dwelling for next year restricted the overall reduction in Tower Hamlets' 2002–03 allocation to 3.6 per cent.

Homelessness

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what was the estimated number of homeless living in (a) London and (b) cities outside London in each of the last 10 years. [25030]

Ms Keeble: I have arranged for a table to be placed in the Libraries of the House. This present information on households accepted as homeless and in priority need in each financial year, and households resident in temporary accommodation at the 31 March of each year, as reported by English local authorities on their annual Housing Investment Programme returns.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many homeless people aged between 16 and 18 years were registered on local authority housing lists in each of the last 15 years. [24970]

Ms Keeble: The Department collects information on the number of households accepted by local authorities in England under the homelessness provisions of the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts as being eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need. Available estimates of those cases where the authority considered the presence of a "vulnerable young person" to be the most crucial category in determining priority need are given in the table. This category was not separately identified in statistics collected prior to June 1991.

Information collected by the Department on local authorities' housing registers does not include an analysis by age of head of household.

Homeless households accepted by local authorities in England
1991–92 to 2000–01

Households with vulnerable young peopleAs a percentage of total
1991–923,4002.4
1992–934,6503.4
1993–944,3603.5
1994–953,8503.3
1995–963,7803.2
1996–973,5203.2
1997–983,2003.1
1998–993,5603.4
1999–20003,5903.4
2000–015,1704.5
2001–02(5)2,8704.8

(5) April-September

Notes:

Vulnerable young persons are typically, but not exclusively, aged 18 or under. Households headed by 16 to 18-year-olds but accepted under another priority-need category (such as with dependent children or with a pregnant woman) cannot be separately identified and are not included in these figures.

Source:

DTLR P1(E) housing returns (quarterly)


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Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many homeless households are in (a) temporary and (b) bed-and-breakfast accommodation in each region of the country; what steps are being taken to reduce these numbers; and if he will make a statement. [25737]

Ms Keeble: At 30 September 2001, the numbers of households in each region in temporary accommodation (which includes bed-and-breakfast) and in bed-and- breakfast (rounded to the nearest 10) were:

TotalOf which bed-and-breakfast
North East1,54060
Yorkshire and Humberside2,080270
East Midlands2,05070
Eastern5,520200
London44,3408,540
South East12,8601,410
South West5,5901,160
West Midlands1,820120
North West2,150150
England77,94012,290

The Homelessness Bill, when enacted, will require local authorities to conduct a review of the levels, and likely future levels, of all forms of homelessness in their area and to develop a strategy for preventing homelessness and ensuring that sufficient accommodation and support is available for those who are or may become homeless.

The Minister for Housing and Planning also announced on 3 December that a new Homelessness Directorate will be set up to bring together and invigorate existing work to help homeless people, as well as develop new work to help prevent homelessness, and investigate its underlying causes.

Additionally, we are determined to reduce local authority use of unsatisfactory accommodation to accommodate the homeless. Over the next two years the new bed-and-breakfast unit will work with partners to introduce measures to reduce the need to place families, especially those with children, in bed-and-breakfast. The unit will shortly be publishing targets.

Rent Arrears

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the level of rent arrears was in each local authority in each of the last 10 years. [24966]

Ms Keeble: I have placed in the Libraries of the House a table showing the level of rent arrears as reported by each local authority in England at the end of the financial year, for each of the last 10 years.

Council House Sales

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what percentage of capital receipts raised from the sale of council houses has been spent on building and renovating council stock in each of the last 20 years. [25012]

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Ms Keeble: The information requested is not available. The receipts from council house sales available for new capital expenditure are used, along with other un-hypothecated capital resources (eg other capital receipts, borrowing supported by basic credit approvals), to finance authorities' overall capital programmes.

Housing

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people have been housed in (a) local authority housing, (b) social housing and (c) the rented private sector in each of the last 15 years. [25010]

Ms Keeble: The information requested for England is shown in the following table. Annual figures are available only from 1993 onwards when the Survey of English Housing started. Figures for earlier years come from a periodic supplementary questionnaire on housing topics that was included in the Labour Force Survey. For years before 1993 figures in terms of persons are not readily available so the information requested has been provided in terms of households. If information about housing in Wales is required inquiries should be made to the Office for the Secretary of State for Wales.

Housing tenure in England 1984 to 2000
Thousand

Local authorityRegistered social landlordPrivate rented sector
Households
19844,6603741,920
19884,2464601,702
19913,8725641,824
19933,6727261,876
19943,6777671,936
19953,4949102,011
19963,4821,0102,047
19973,3339871,991
19983,3241,0282,044
19993,1371,1612,099
20002,9411,2792,003
Persons
1984......
1988......
1991......
19938,5051,4664,225
19948,4111,6454,143
19957,9381,9284,383
19967,8872,2454,424
19977,4852,1654,387
19987,5132,2404,415
19997,0852,4794,514
20006,5202,7924,369

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many local authorities will be in a position to implement an arm's length management organisation for their housing stock in the next two years. [25109]

Ms Keeble: It is open to any local authority with housing stock to manage that stock through arm's length arrangements, subject to the agreement of the Secretary of State to the delegation of their housing management functions. We do not hold information on the number of authorities that may be considering this option. On

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Thursday 29 November 2001, we announced conditional funding allocations to eight local authorities which intend to pursue this option Official Report, column 1064W. These allocations will be confirmed during 2002 if the authorities meet the necessary criteria. Applications for the next round of conditional allocations are due by the end of February 2002.

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many housing units were cleared in the public and private sector in the last five years, broken down by region. [25248]

Ms Keeble: According to information supplied by local authorities, the number of dwellings demolished in the private and public sector in England by region in the last five financial years is given in the table.

1996–971997–981998–991999–20002000–01
England 10,85214,03013,57915,21817,969
North East 1,5171,4321,7862,4462,222
North West 3,2063,5492,6783,4595,713
Yorkshire and the Humber1,1001,8252,6372,2823,615
East Midlands265373191139674
West Midlands1,6012,1351,6792,6461,332
East 355700345220325
London 1,6792,7972,8192,8702,400
South East 791910943832960
South West 338309501324728


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