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Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many new affordable homes were provided in the south-east in 2001, broken down by (a) housing associations, including rent and shared ownership, (b) housing benefit subsidy of privately rented homes, (c) right-to-buy resales, (d) local authorities and (e) sale below market value by private housebuilders; and what was the total number provided. 
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|Registered social landlords(6)||7,302|
|Right-to-buy re-purchases by local authorities(7)||26|
|Local authority new build for rent||52|
(6) RSLs' (formerly referred to as housing associations) data represents new homes for rental, outright or shared ownership (including "off the shelf" purchases of properties built by private developers), and existing property acquisitions for refurbishment (including temporary social housing provision). Completions are recorded when the final tranche payment for the scheme is made.
(7) Local authority acquisitions of ex-council properties under "Buyback" scheme arrangements.
Housing Corporation returns
DTLR P1B (quarterly) and P2 (monthly) housing activity returns
(8) 10 months
Funding fell in 19992000 because (a) the do-it- yourself shared ownership scheme (DIYSO) was replaced by the Homebuy scheme on 1 April 1999 (local authorities may still fund DIYSO through Local Authority Social Housing Grant); and (b) the Approved Development Programme was no longer subject to a national target for the percentage of expenditure allocated to schemes which help people into low cost home ownership: this allows schemes to be selected on the basis of local needs.
These figures exclude the Government's £250 million Starter Home Initiative which will provide 10,000 homes for key workers over the period 200104, mostly through equity loan and shared ownership schemes.
Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will introduce a definition of affordable housing related solely to rental and shared ownership houses provided by housing associations and local authorities. 
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Ms Keeble: There are no formal definitions of affordable housing within housing policy and we have no plans to introduce a definition confined to rental and shared ownership homes. We will continue to keep the situation under review.
For the purposes of securing affordable housing through the planning system affordable housing encompasses low-cost market and subsidised housing whether for rent or shared ownership. Local authorities are expected to define in their local plans what they consider to be affordable in the plan area, in terms of the relationship between local income levels and house prices or rents for different types of households.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many people from Warrington, North he has appointed to non-departmental public bodies since 1997. 
Mr. Pond: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will report on progress in implementing the recommendations of Lord Justice Clarke's inquiry into river safety. 
Mr. Jamieson: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 230W. Further updates will be placed in the libraries at about six-monthly intervals and so the next one will be available sometime in the late spring.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what timeframe has been agreed for the investment programme in the Chiltern Line; and what the timeframe was in the original heads of agreement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The investment programme in the new Chiltern Railways Franchise Agreement will be staged for implementation throughout the duration of the franchiseas was the case when Heads of Terms were signed.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 795W, ref 36451, for what reason this work was not carried out prior to the finalising of the 10-year plan and the SRA Strategic Plan. 
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Mr. Jamieson: The contribution of assumed fare levels to the projected increase in rail demand is outlined in Annex A of the Ten-Year Plan Background Analysis. General elasticities in relation to fares are provided in paragraph 3 of this annex.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many passengers, on average, board trains each day at each station on the (a) LTS Rail Line and (b) First Great Eastern Rail Line; 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will place in the Library the memorandum submitted to him on the future of the rail industry by Sir Alistair Morton in June 2001. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the total public and private investment, not including public resource expenditure, allocated (a) in total and (b) for the railways to be spent over the period 2001 to 2011, at (i) today's prices and (ii) outturn prices as at (A) the launch of the 10 year plan in July 2000, (B) 1 April 2001, (C) 2 April 2001, (D) 13 January 2002, (E) 14 January 2002, (F) 22 January 2002, (G) 23 January 2002, (H) 29 January 2002, (I) 7 February 2002 and (J) the present date. 
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 4 March 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to Table A3 of the 10-Year Plan and a revised version of this table that was placed in the House Library on 25 February. These tables provide a breakdown of projected public and private investment from the original 10-Year Plan and reflect the £4.5 billion increase in public sector funding for rail since then.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last met officials of the RMT Union to discuss industrial relations in the railway industry. 
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