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Public Consultations

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available online, (b) if copies were available in print (c) the date the time period given for responses opened and (d) the date the time period given for responses closed. [66041]

Mr. Leslie: A full list of the public consultations undertaken by the Office or its predecessors since 1997 has been placed in the Library, including the dates for which the period for responses opened and closed. The list is based on central records and reflects the public consultations undertaken within the areas for which the Office is currently responsible. The Office does not, however, keep central historical records relating to the availability of consultation documents online or in printed form.

Rural Housing

Mr. Breed: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 902W, on rural housing, how many households were identified as being in priority need for housing in each year since 1996 in local authorities defined as rural, broken down by region. [61191]

Mr. McNulty: Summary information on activity under the statutory homeless provisions of the 1996 Housing Act is reported to the Department by local authorities in England. This includes the number of households accepted as being eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need. The numbers of these households in authorities classified as either "mixed rural" or "deep rural" are as follows:

Households accepted as unintentionally homeless and in priority need: rural authorities in England

Financial year totals
North East1,2009009001,0001,200
Yorkshire and The Humber1,2001,1001,1001,0001,000
East Midlands1,9001,7001,7001,9002,000
South East2,9002,5002,4002,4002,600
South West4,8004,3003,9003,8003,800
West Midlands1,0009009008001,000
North West1,1001,0009008001,000
All rural local authorities17,20015,10014,40014,50015,200

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Includes estimates for any non-responding local authorities.

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100.


DTLR P1(E) housing activity returns.

Consultation Papers

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the White, Green and consultation papers his Department plans to issue within the next year. [61615]

The Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will issue whatever White, Green and consultation papers are necessary for the conduct of its business.

Queen's Jubilee Medal (Fire Service)

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firemen will receive the Queen's Jubilee Medal; and how many fire controllers will not receive the Queen's Jubilee Medal. [61920]

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Mr. Leslie: Records are currently being checked by brigades to ascertain how many firefighters meet the detailed eligibility criteria for receipt of the Jubilee Medal. While there are 33,200 whole-time firefighters and 15,000 retained, we estimate that around 6,000 of these will not meet the criteria. There are approximately 1,500 control room staff none of whom will qualify for the award under the eligibility criteria set up by the Inter-departmental Steering Group established for this purpose.

Housing Investment

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was the cash value of Government investment in housing, excluding (a) housing benefit, (b) mortgage tax relief and (c) council tax relief in each year since 1997. [64370]

Mr. McNulty: The following table shows housing capital resources allocated to local authorities in each year since 1997.

Housing capital resources(7)
£ million

Allocations to local authorities(8)
HIP(9)Capital receipts initiativeOther(10)TotalHousing corp. ADP(11)Other(12)Total

(7) Figures exclude extra resources for housing PFI schemes (£760 million for 2001–02 to 2003–04).

(8) Estate Action allocations, which were treated as housing allocations up to 1994–95 but now come under regeneration, are excluded. Capital grants for gypsy sites are also not included.

(9) The Housing Investment Programme (HIP) figures exclude the element for expenditure financed from authorities' capital receipts included in allocations to individual authorities.

(10) Other allocations cover: Major Repairs Allowance (from 2001–02), Arms Length Companies (from 2003–03), and Cash Incentive Schemes (1997–98 to 1998–99).

(11) The Housing Corporation ADP figures are net figures and include support for City Challenge(1997–98 to 1998–99), Rough Sleepers Initiative, ERCF schemes, Major Repairs Initiative (from 1999–2000), and remodelling works (from 1999–2000).

(12) This covers the Starter Homes Initiative and the Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund.

House Building

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses have been built in (a) London, and (b) each county in the south of England in each year since 1997. [64372]

Mr. McNulty: The figures for the number of permanent dwellings completed since 1997 are given in the table. They are shown in the county structure of 1997 prior to local government restructure.

House building: permanent dwellings completed
Number of dwellings

South East
East Sussex2,0021,7791,8141,7241,992
Isle of Wight665394398365358
West Sussex2,7762,5332,0151,7631,506
South West

Station Houses

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many station houses have been provided for key workers in London in each year since 1997. [64371]

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Mr. Raynsford: The Fire Service has single person quarters in four dwellings in London. Each provides accommodation for four fire fighters, let on a non-secure tenant basis.

Mayoral Management

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons he decided to end the practice of compulsory referendums for mayoral management of local authorities. [65997]

Mr. Raynsford: I set out the reasons behind the Government's approach to the use of the Secretary of State's powers to direct councils to hold mayoral referendums in the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz) on 25 June 2002, Official Report, columns 812–13W. Within the framework of freedoms and flexibilities that we are introducing for councils, we believe it is more appropriate for councils themselves to make and justify to local people their own judgments on the outcome of any consultation about proposals for a new constitution.

It continues to be the case that where 5 per cent. or more of a local authority's electorate sign a petition calling for a mayoral referendum to be held, the council will be required to hold such a referendum.

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