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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent (a) assessment he has made and (b) research he has commissioned into the cost, in terms of customer and business time and financial impact, of transport delays. 
Mr. Jamieson: The 10-year Plan for Transport made estimates of the amount of time lost on English roads as a result of delays due to congestion in 2000. The Plan made forecasts for 2010 of the increase in congestion and of the extent to which the policies in the Plan would reduce this rise in congestion.
A number of external estimates have also been made of the value road users might place on the elimination of congestion. These use different methods and therefore produce different results, but they all agree that this value runs to billions of pounds per annum.
Neither these external estimates, nor those undertaken by my Department, can be translated directly into assessments of the cost of congestion to business or more widely. This is because they relate only to the amount of time road users lose to congestion and the value of this time to them. They take no account of the costs of implementing the policies or schemes needed to reduce the amount of time lost. The true costs of congestion are therefore the economic and other benefits forgone if we do not tackle it.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment has been made of (a) past and (b) likely future scenarios of changes in the cost of different modes of transport in the UK to (i) individuals and (ii) households. 
Mr. Jamieson: The most recent published data on past trends in transport costs can be found in "Transport Statistics Great Britain 2001" (tables 1.15 and 1.25) and "Transport Trends 2001" (pages 23 and 41).
Chapter 9 of "Transport 2010", the Government's 10-year plan for transport, contains some general analysis of future transport costs, including illustrative scenarios and their potential impacts. More detail on these scenarios and on the assumptions underlying the 10-year plan is contained in the companion "Background Analysis" document.
Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to reply to the letter of 19 November 2001 from the hon. Member for Leominster, concerning airport and baggage security. 
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Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many (a) local authority dwellings and (b) dwellings owned by registered social landlords (i) were not of a decent standard on 1 April 2001, (ii) will have been brought up to a decent standard by 1 April 2002, and (iii) will not meet the decent standard on 1 April 2002. 
Ms Keeble: We estimate that 1.7 million social homes did not meet the decent home standard at April 2001about 1.2 million homes local authority homes and 500,000 homes owned by housing associations. These estimates will be updated later this year when the 2001 English House Condition Survey results are available.
Local authorities have plans to reduce their non-decent stock by 12 per cent. between April 2001 and March 2002. This is through a combination of investment in the housing they own and through transfer to housing associations. We do not yet have equivalent figures for dwellings owned by housing associations. The Housing Corporation is working with associations to ensure the 2004 target is met.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what his estimate is of the cost of (a) reducing the number of social dwellings that are not up to a decent standard by one third in the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2004 and (b) reducing the number of social dwellings that are not up to a decent standard by 50 per cent. in the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2006. 
The reduction of non-decent homes in the local authority sector will be achieved through a combination of investment in the local authority stock (through retention, transfer to Arms Length Management Organisations and via resources secured through Private Finance Initiative) and transfer of stock to housing associations.
Currently, no target has been set for the improvement required by 2006. A reduction of 50 per cent. in the number of non-decent LA homes would require investment of about £15 billion, through a combination of investment by local authorities and transfer.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make it his policy to require local authority housing investment programme returns to record the number of homes which (a) are and (b) are not of a decent standard on the same criteria as set out in the comprehensive spending review. 
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Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many local authority properties released for letting as a result of the cash incentive scheme in each Government office region in England in each of the past four years were (a) bedsits, (b) one-bedroomed , (c) two-bedroomed, (d) three-bedroomed, (e) four-bedroomed and (f) five- bedroomed or more; 
(3) what was the total value of cash incentive scheme grants made to local authority tenants in each Government office region in England in (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000 and 200001. 
Ms Keeble: Information on the numbers and amounts of Cash Incentive Scheme grants made is given in the table. Data are not collected centrally on grant offers made or the types of properties released.
|Total number of grants made|
|Yorkshire and Humber||98||90||18||6|
|East of England||311||287||120||89|
|Total amounts paid (£ million)|
|Yorkshire and Humber||0.5||0.5||0.1||-|
|East of England||4.7||3.0||0.9||0.6|
199798 and 199899CIS monitoring returns
19992000 and 200001Housing Investment Programme returns
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many non-decent social dwellings there are in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland. 
Ms Keeble: We estimate that 1.7 million households lived in non-decent social sector dwellings in 2001. This estimate will be updated later this year when the 2001 English House Condition Survey results are available.
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Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) of 12 December 2001, Official Report, column 871W, on rents, if he will provide similar estimates for the real terms percentage changes in each year he predicts for formula rents for council tenants in each local council in England until 2011. 
It is possible to make estimates of how average 'actual' rents might change in real terms between 200102 and 201112 if the national average local authority formula rent were to increase by an average of about 1.5 per cent. per year, and each local authority were to move its actual average rent to its average formula rent over that period (ignoring the impact of rent caps and the limit on annual rent changes for individual tenants). This was the basis of the figures given to the hon. Member for Hendon on 12 December. I am placing in the Libraries a table giving equivalent figures for all authorities on the same basis.
I must, however, emphasise once more that these figures are only estimates based on a number of assumptions. Ultimately the level of 'actual' local authority rents over the next ten years will depend, among other things, on the outcomes of future spending reviews and the decisions taken by individual local authorities.
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