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Sports: Yorkshire and Humberside

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Government spent on sport in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York in each year since 1997. [152186]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Data for the past 10 years could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The following table shows the Government (Exchequer) funding for
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Yorkshire and Humber in each of the last seven years. It is not possible to isolate figures for the City of York as Sport England does not hold data in that format.

Exchequer (£)

2001-02

139,078

2002-03

25,000

2003-04

205,020

2004-05

893,066

2005-06

1,014,442

2006-07

876,054

2007-08

48,000

Total

3,200,660


Communities and Local Government

Buildings: Energy

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to encourage the refurbishment of existing buildings to increase energy efficiency. [151254]

Mr. Iain Wright: Buildings account for 45 per cent. of total UK carbon emissions—27 per cent. from homes and 18 per cent. from non-domestic buildings—so reducing emissions from buildings will be a vital contribution to delivering our overall target of reducing UK carbon emissions by 60 per cent. on 1990 levels by 2050.

Despite recent growth in the number of domestic and office appliances, heating is still the major use of energy in buildings—around 75 per cent. of building energy consumption relates to space and water heating—so insulation, draught-proofing and efficient heating systems and controls are key to delivering significant energy efficiencies.

Existing programmes and policies such as Decent Homes, Warm Front, and the Energy Efficiency Commitment, and information and advice from the Government-funded Energy Saving Trust and Carbon Trust continue to encourage and support energy efficiency refurbishments of existing buildings. These programmes have already had a significant impact on the existing building stock. The latest annual report on the English House Condition Survey, published in June this year, found that the average energy efficiency rating of the housing stock had progressively improved from 1996.

In addition, we will shortly begin to roll out the requirement for Energy Performance Certificates and air conditioning inspections which will provide building owners and occupants, for the first time, with information on the energy performance of their buildings and what can be done to improve their performance.

We are currently consulting on proposals for a new three-year Carbon Emissions Reduction Target to run from 2008 to 2011 that would double the activity under the existing Energy Efficiency Commitment that comes to an end in 2008. We announced, in the Energy White Paper in May this year, our intention to introduce a new cap and trade scheme, the Carbon Reduction Commitment, for large organisations to provide a greater incentive for them to take up energy efficiency
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measures and to consult on a proposal to roll out advanced and smart metering services to all but the smallest business users.

We are also looking at how to further improve the targeting of advice to households to encourage energy efficiency improvements and we are reviewing what other measures could be taken to improve non-domestic buildings.

Business: Renewable Energy

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many business premises in England have (a) small-scale wind turbines and (b) solar panels, according to Valuation Office Agency valuation records. [152414]

John Healey: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Communities England: Finance

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been allocated to Communities England for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10. [147967]

Mr. Iain Wright: The creation of the new homes agency is subject to the agreement of Parliament, and until this has been granted no money can be allocated. Following parliamentary approval. any future budgets allocated to the homes agency are subject to the outcome of the comprehensive spending review.

Council Housing: East Sussex

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of council housing there are in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex. [151426]

Mr. Iain Wright: Eastbourne local authority reported a stock of 3,825 council dwellings as at 1 April 2006 the latest date available. East Sussex local authorities—Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Rother and Wealden—reported a stock of 10,380 council dwellings as at 1 April 2006.

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings were (a) constructed for private sale, (b) built by housing associations and (c) built by local authorities in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years. [151435]

Mr. Iain Wright: Figures for the number of private dwelling completions as reported by Eastbourne and East Sussex local authorities are presented in the tables:


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Private new build completions, 1997-98 to 2006-07
Eastbourne East Sussex (including Eastbourne )

1997-98

73

512

1998-99

132

1,215

1999-2000

328

1,114

2000-01

377

1,126

2001-02

451

1,102

2002-03

431

1,177

2003-04

540

1,057

2004-05

437

1,170

2005-06

426

1,053

2006-07

255

1,250

Source: P2 new build return to CLG from local authorities and the national House Building Council. Figures for 1997-98 to 2000-01 are missing some monthly returns from local authorities.


Figures for 1997-98 to 2000-01 are missing some monthly returns from local authorities Figures for the number of new build affordable dwellings as reported by the Housing Corporation are presented below. These affordable figures include social rent and intermediate housing e.g. low cost home ownership

Affordable new build dwellings, 1997- 98 to 2006-07
Eastbourne E ast Sussex (including Eastbourne)

1997-98

138

432

1998-99

106

334

1999-2000

3

59

2000-01

47

169

2001-02

32

141

2002-03

27

127

2003-04

39

226

2004-05

64

2005-06

42

100

2006-07

n/a

n/a

n/a = not available Source: Housing Corporation and local authority returns.

No reported local authority dwellings have been built in the last 10 years in Eastbourne and East Sussex.

Council Housing: Waiting Lists

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average waiting time was for social housing rented properties with (a) one bedroom (b) two bedrooms, (c) three bedrooms and (d) four or more bedrooms for households on the housing waiting list in each local authority area in England in the last period for which figures are available. [151496]

Mr. Iain Wright: The information on average waiting time on a housing list for households is not held centrally.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of the households on the housing waiting list in each local authority area in England at the start of 2006-07 were housed in social rented housing by the end of that year. [151497]


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Mr. Iain Wright: The information on number of households on the waiting list which are subsequently housed in social rented housing is not held centrally.

For information, although not related to households on waiting lists who were subsequently housed in social rented housing, the numbers of households on the waiting list for social housing by local authority, as at 1 April each year, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600. The link for this table is as follows:

Departments: Contracts

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how her Department monitors contracts issued by public bodies reporting to her Department, with particular reference to the terms and conditions applied to their work forces. [151554]

Mr. Iain Wright: Communities and Local Government awards contracts incorporating standard terms and conditions that reinforce and promote work force related legislation.

For contracts where the transfer of undertakings (TUPE) regulations would apply, specific conditions are applied to protect employees' rights when the business in which they are employed changes hands.

Communities and Local Government promotes the adoption of procurement best practice among its affiliated, autonomous organisations. This includes the adoption of standard terms and conditions and addressing TUPE regulations as well as other specific work force related issues when merited.

Communities and Local Government promotes the use of effective contract management to ensure compliance.

Departments: Crime

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since October 2006. [149596]

Hazel Blears: The Department for Communities and Local Government has not created any primary legislation since October 2006, and therefore no new criminal offences have been created.

Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in her Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work telephones to access premium rate telephone numbers in the last 12 months. [149196]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department has not conducted formal proceedings against any staff for inappropriate use of the internet while at work, or for using work
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telephones to access premium rate phone lines while at work, in the last 12 months.

Full details of Community and Local Government’s approach to the appropriate use of IT and telephones while at work are made available to all staff through the Department’s staff handbook. The rules make it clear that the inappropriate use of IT and telephones may constitute a disciplinary offence. Within Communities and Local Government, all users of the Department’s IT and telephones are required to make a personal commitment regarding appropriate use of the systems.

Departments: Legislation

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legislative provisions introduced by her Department and its predecessors since 1997 have not yet been brought into force. [149565]

Hazel Blears: The Department (and its predecessors) has been responsible for the introduction of 17 Acts since 1997 all of which have been brought into force.

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legislative provisions introduced by her Department and its predecessor since 1997 have been repealed. [149584]

Hazel Blears: The Department (and its predecessors) has been responsible for the introduction of 17 Acts since 1997 of which the Local Government Finance (Supplementary Credit Approvals) Act 1997 has been repealed as it was superseded by the Local Government Act 2003.


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