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Decent Homes

Mr. Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what estimate he has made at 2002–03 prices of (a) the

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national total and (b) totals broken down by Government Office region for the investment required to (i) meet the Decent Homes Standard for council tenants' homes and (ii) clear the backlog of housing investment in council tenants' homes, broken down into (A) repairs and (B) improvements. [79864]

Mr. McNulty: We estimate that at April 2001 there was a backlog of capital works in the council housing sector totalling about #20 billion at 2002 prices— #10.5 billion for repairs and #9.5 billion for improvements. About #16.5 billion of this relates to works within the decent home standard and #3.5 billion for works outside the standard (eg environment improvements, security works etc).

These estimates are based on the 1996 English House Condition Survey, rolled forward to give a 2001 position. Regional estimates of the total backlog, based on applying the regional distribution from local authority Housing Revenue Account Business Plans to this national total, are given in the table.

GO RegionEstimated Backlog at 2001 (2002 Prices)
Cost (#mn)% of Total
North East1,3006%
North West3,10016%
Yorkshire and the Humber2,70014%
East Midlands1,2006%
West Midlands2,50012%
East of England1,1005%
London6,10031%
South East1,2006%
South West9005%
England total#20,000100%

Note:

Components may not sum to total due to rounding

The 2001 English House Condition Survey will provide more up-to-date estimates early in the New Year.


Housing Receipts

Mr. Coleman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will set out for each year from 1997–98, and including estimates for 2002–03, (a) the totals of set-aside housing receipts and (b) the totals of housing basic credits approvals, broken down by Government Office region; [79863]

Mr. McNulty: (a) The total of set-aside housing receipts in England in #thousands was:

2001–022000–011999–20001998–991997–98
North East48,118175,55271,99837,60846,470
Yorkshire & Humber107,66284,72176,17457,73264,675
East Midlands120,85674,441122,54184,55654,721
East213,366118,771160,95098,758106,412
London411,002423,441343,059220,531239,621
South East123,936246,904245,199146,451160,849
South West64,378109,344127,067199,14894,088
West Midlands158,187185,573168,061150,68484,033
North West114,497206,833162,13089,14391,706
National Total1,362,0021,625,5801,477,1801,084,610942,575

Note:

The estimated national total for 2002–03 is #2.5bn. No estimates are made of the figure by Government Office region.


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(b) The amount in #thousands, for England, of Housing Annual Capital Guidelines (credit approvals

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plus the allowance (#199 million in recent years) made for capital funded from authorities' useable receipts) was:

2002–20032001–20022000–20011999–20001998–19991997–1998
North East47,03643,756130,36977,33273,70749,811
Yorkshire & Humber77,01570,826201,255117,701109,20777,516
East Midlands61,27358,095140,75873,35969,39348,967
East of England61,06655,381142,37282,76279,80356,144
London322,163309,722601,712353,945329,377247,426
South East92,75285,582175,966107,193100,14375,764
South West54,92052,163113,52569,12067,74650,127
West Midlands99,53395,559227,451125,165121,44487,069
North West128,997111,389285,195172,427162,272109,822
National Total944,756882,4732,018,6031,179,0041,113,092802,646


These figures include the separate Capital Receipts Initiative funding provided in 1997–98 to 1999–2000.

The reductions between 2000–01 and 2001–02 reflects the switch of funds into the new Major Repairs Allowance, paid as part of housing subsidy, to fund capital works to maintain council housing.

Revenue Grant Distribution

Ann Winterton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations he has received from residents of (a) Cheshire and (b) Congleton constituency registering their response to his Department's review of revenue grant distribution; when he expects to announce his decision following his Department's consultation; and if he will make a statement. [80003]

Mr. Raynsford: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Sir Nicholas Winterton) on 5 November 2002, Official Report.

Shropshire Waste Plan

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the objectors to sites SA 22 and 23 in the Shropshire Waste Plan produced by Shropshire County Council; and if he will place copies of the objections in the Library. [79993]

Mr. McNulty: There were 97 objectors to Policy SA 22 and 90 objectors to Policy SA 23 of the Deposit Draft of the Shropshire Waste Local Plan 2002–2014. It is the responsibility of Shropshire County Council to consider these objections and to take the plan through all its stages. Information on the objectors and the details of each objection are not held in Government. Shropshire County Council intend to place all the objections to this Waste Local Plan on their website, www.shropshire-cc.gov.uk. In the meantime, they can be viewed by prior appointment at the Community and Environment Department, Shropshire County Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury (Telephone: 01743 252595).

Renewable Energy

Mr. Gareth Thomas: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the steps which he is taking to promote building integrated renewables, with special reference to solar thermal and solar photovoltaics in new housing developments through the planning process. [79792]

Mr. McNulty: We will be issuing a draft Planning Policy Statement note on Renewable Energy and Planning for consultation at the turn of the year. This updated PPS revises PPG22. It will include guidance on including integrated renewables in developments such as housing. Also, through our planning policies for housing we encourage local authorities to adopt policies which promote the energy efficiency of new housing where possible.

Seaside and Country Homes Scheme

Ms Oona King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 22 October 2002, Official Report, column 283W, on the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme, if he will commission research into (a) the capacity of seaside and country areas in South East England for an expansion of the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme and (b) the likely popularity and take up of the Scheme. [80090]

Mr. McNulty: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is leading in the procurement of a new service to improve mobility, especially labour mobility for social housing tenants, throughout the UK. As part of the procurement of this service (currently going under the working name HEMS—Housing and Employment Mobility Services) the operation and extent of the Seaside and Country Homes scheme is being reviewed. We expect to award the HEMS contract in March 2003 and for delivery of the new service to begin in July 2003.

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Ms Oona King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library the location of the dwellings used under the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme. [80091]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested has been placed in the Library of the House.

CountyLocationBung.FlatTotal by County
BerkshireLambourne2727
CambridgeshireMarch3232
CornwallIllogan45
Perranporth4085
DevonExmouth31
Plymstock3869
DorsetBurton35
Gillingham40
Christchurch42
Poole22
Swanage24163
EssexBrightlingsea40
Burnham on Crouch40
Clacton248
Clacton on Sea39
Dovercourt8240
Elmstead Market26
Frinton34
Great Clacton51
Holland on Sea18
St Osyth86
Walton on the Naze68556
GloucestershireWinchcombe3939
HampshireBlackfield18
Botley44
Emsworth32
Lee on Solent40
Lordswood40
New Milton16
Ringwood26
West End42258
Isle of WightCowes17
Newport50
Ryde24
Wootton406137
KentBirchington12
Canterbury30
Deal38
Faversham36
Folkestone4847
Herne Bay1441
Margate48
Ramsgate5412
Walmer82
Westgate on Sea22484
LincolnshireSkegness8080
NorfolkCromer32
Diss2412
Gorleston22
Hunstanton41
North Walsham41172
ShropshireShrewsbury3434
SomersetBridgwater32
Highbridge58
Minehead67
Taunton40
Weston Super Mare41
Worle40255
SuffolkBeccles206
Felixstowe29
Lowestoft3535
Oulton Broad36
Stowmarket40201
SussexAngmering35
Bognor Regis408
Bracklesham Bay28
Brighton48
East Preston34
Hailsham12
Hastings41
Littlehampton3838
Peacehaven36
Rustington22
Saltdean10
Selsey1310
Telscombe Cliffs26
Worthing24102565
WiltshireWarminster38
Westbury4078
Grand Total225310051258

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