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Written Answers

Wednesday, 18th June 2003.

Northern Ireland: Buses

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they are taking to encourage the development of bus corridors and lanes throughout Northern Ireland.[HL2856]

The Lord President of the Council (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The chief executive of Roads Service has written to the noble Lord. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library.

Northern Ireland: Planning Appeals and Approvals

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In what percentage of Planning Approval Commission cases in Northern Ireland since 1990 has the Department of the Environment Planning Service been represented by a lawyer.[HL3028]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information to answer this question is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

PEACE II Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which organisations have received funding under PEACE II; where they are located; how much they obtained; and for what purpose.[HL3086]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The information requested by the noble Lord has been placed in the Library of the House.

SCOPE Programme

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What safeguards will be built in to the proposed SCOPE programme, run by the Cabinet Office Intelligence and Security Secretariat, to guarantee compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998, with particular reference to reported proposals for cross-departmental data-sharing and matching. [HL3120]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Government are fully aware of the need to comply with all relevant legislation in this area and this has been reflected in the requirements documentation for the SCOPE Programme. Work is continuing on its development and implementation.

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Northern Ireland Act 2000: Section 5

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will place in the Library of the House the draft international agreement referred to in Section 5 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000; who the states parties to the agreement were; whether it was signed and entered into force, and, if not, why not; when Parliament was told about the fate of this agreement; and whether this agreement was ever reconsidered in subsequent suspensions under the Northern Ireland Act 2000. [HL3139]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Section 5 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000 does not refer to a draft international agreement. No arrangements, as referred to in that section, have been agreed between the British and Irish Governments.

Gocean Lodge Development Scheme

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the planning application for "the Gocean" development at Killyleagh was lodged; what progress has been made with regard to this application; and when a decision will be made. [HL3331]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The planning application in respect of the Gocean Lodge Development Scheme was received on 24 November 2000. The consideration of the application is drawing to a conclusion, and it is expected that the Department of the Environment's Planning Service will be in a position to consult Down District Council with its preliminary opinion on the outcome of the planning application at its meeting in July.

The Lord Chancellor

Viscount Goschen asked the Leader of the House:

    When he first became aware of the proposals to abolish the office of Lord Chancellor.[HL3453]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Information relating to internal discussions and advice within government is not disclosed under Exemption 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Right-to-Buy Scheme

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish, for every housing authority in England and Wales, the rankings which underpinned their recent decision to reduce the maximum discount available to tenants under the right-to-buy scheme in 41 areas. [HL3440]

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The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): On 22 January 2003, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that he intended to reduce the maximum discounts available to tenants under the right-to-buy scheme in 42 areas that were under the greatest housing market pressure, as evidenced by a high incidence of homelessness and high house prices.

Having considered representations from a number of local authorities and post-transfer housing associations, the Deputy Prime Minister decided to reduce the maximum discounts in 41 areas. This decision was implemented by the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discounts) (Amendments) Order 2003 (Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 498), which was laid before Parliament on 6 March 2003 and came into effect on 27 March 2003.

At the request of honourable Members opposite, this order was debated on 12 May 2003 in the other place by the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (Official Report, Commons Session 2002–03, Monday 12 May 2003, Cols. 003 to 026). During the debate my honourable friend the Member for Harrow East, agreed to publish information on how all housing authority areas ranked in terms of housing pressure.

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This information is set out below. It relates only to England. The order does not affect areas in Wales, which for right-to-buy purposes are subject to different arrangements administered by the National Assembly for Wales.

The areas are grouped according to the nine English regions—London, South East, East, South West, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, North East and North West. Each area was ranked on a scale of 1 (high) to 5 (low) according to the levels of homelessness and house prices locally, and these rankings were used to determine the 41 areas under the greatest housing pressure. Subsequently, information relating to earned incomes became available, and the model was rerun to take account of affordability. The effects on individual areas of doing so were marginal. The revised rankings are also set out below.

My honourable friend the Minister for Housing and Planning (Keith Hill) has today written to Mr Edward Davey MP and to the Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation to convey this information, and to Mr Philip Hammond MP and to Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP to clarify a separate point made during the debate about the costs of the right-to-buy. Copies of these letters have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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Indicators used to determine which Local Authorities were under greatest housing pressure Each LA was originally ranked 1 (high) to 5 (low) according to its levels of homelessness and house prices.
A revised measure is also shown, which makes allowance for earned incomes. There are very few changes between the two measures.

Combined Indicators
Homlessness IndicatorHouse Price IndicatorAffordability IndicatorOriginalUsing Income
London
Barking and Dagenham223
Barnet111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Bexley123Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Brent111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Bromley112Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Camden111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
City of London311Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Croydon122Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Ealing111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Enfield112Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Greenwich(1)322
Hackney111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Hammersmith and Fulham111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Haringey111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Harrow111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Havering322
Hillingdon112Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Hounslow111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Islington111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Kensington and Chelsea111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Kingston upon Thames111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Lambeth111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Lewisham122Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Merton211Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Newham122Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Redbridge112Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Richmond upon Thames111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Southwark211Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Sutton112Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Tower Hamlets111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Waltham Forest122Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Wandsworth111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Westminster111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
South East
Adur121Greatest pressure
Arun222
Ashford322
Aylesbury Vale322
Basingstoke and Deene222
Bracknell Forest412
Brighton and Hove121Greatest pressure
Canterbury122
Cherwell222
Chichester311
Chiltern111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Crawley222
Dartford123
Dover344
East Hampshire(2)112Greatest pressure
Eastbourne133
Eastleigh321
Elmbridge211
Emsom and Ewell111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Fareham221
Gosport233
Gravesham433
Guildford211
Hart111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Hastings244
Havant133
Horsham211
Isle of Wight132
Lewes322
Maidstone122
Mid Sussex211
Milton Keynes133
Mole Valley411
New Forest121Greatest pressure
Oxford111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Portsmouth433
Reading112Greatest pressure
Reigate and Banstead111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Rother222
Runnymede311
Rushmoor222
Sevenoaks211
Shepway333
Slough122
South Bucks311
South Oxfordshire211
Southampton333
Spelthorne(3)112Greatest pressure
Surrey Heath211
Swale333
Tandridge211
Test Valley211
Thanet343
The Medway Towns134
Tonbridge and Malling111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Tunbridge Wells221
Vale of White Horse111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Waverley211
Wealden222
West Berkshire111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
West Oxfordshire311
Winchester411
Windsor and Maidenhead411
Woking211
Wokingham211
Worthing123
Wycombe212
East of England
Babergh333
Basildon133
Bedfordomitted33
Braintree322
Brecklandomitted33
Brentwood412
Broadland322
Broxbourne121Greatest pressure
Cambridge311
Castle Point223
Chelmsford322
Colchester233
Dacorum412
East Cambridgeshireomitted22
East Hertfordshire312
Epping Forest311
Fenland344
Forest Heath432
Great Yarmouth344
Harlow123
Hertsmere311
Huntingdonshire333
Ipswich343
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk443
Luton334
Maldon223
Mid Bedfordshire323
Mid Suffolk533
North Hertfordshire323
North Norfolk333
Norwich233
Peterborough344
Rochford222
South Bedfordshire223
South Cambridgeshire211
South Norfolk433
Southend-on-Sea334
St Albans211
St Edmunsbury433
Stevenage223
Suffolk Coastal132
Tendring134
Three Rivers311
Thurrock434
Uttlesford311
Watford112Greatest pressure
Wavoney444
Welwyn Hatfield211
South West
Bath and North East Somerset322
Bournemouth222
Bristol333
Caradon333
Carrick522
Cheltenham323
Christchurch111Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
Cotswold421
East Devon322
East Dorset211
Exeter232
Forest of Dean333
Gloucester243
Isles of Scilly221
Kennet422
Kerrier132
Mendip132
Mid Devon232
North Cornwall432
North Devon432
North Dorset421
North Somerset233
North Wiltshire122
Ponwith232
Plymouth244
Poole221
Purbeck221
Restormel233
Salisbury221
Sedgemoor434
South Gloucestershire123
South Hams322
South Somerset233
Stroud533
Swindon233
Taunton Deane222
Teignbridge132
Tewkesbury422
Torbay133
Torridge432
West Devon332
West Dorset322
West Somerset332
West Wiltshire233
Weymouth and Portland233
North East
Alnwick544
Berwick-upon-Tweed554
Blyth Valley555
Castle Morpeth544
Chester-le-Street555
Darlington555
Dorwentside555
Durham455
Easington455
Gateshead555
Hartlepool555
Middlesbrough555
Newcastle upon Tyne555
North Tyneside555
Redcar and Cleveland355
Sedgefield455
South Tyneside555
Stockton-on-Tees555
Sunderland355
Teesdale554
Tynedale244
Wansbeck555
Wear Valley455
North West
Allerdaleomitted55
Barrow-in-Furness555
Blackburn with Darwen455
Blackpool455
Bolton555
Burnley255
Bury555
Carlisle555
Chester434
Chorley445
Congleton544
Copeland555
Crewe and Nantwich545
Eden343
Ellesmere Port and Neston444
Fylde144
Halton555
Hyndburn555
Knowsley555
Lancaster555
Liverpool455
Macclesfield433
Manchester355
Oldham555
Pendle555
Preston455
Ribble Valley444
Rochdale555
Rossendale555
Salford555
Sefton544
South Lakeland333
South Ribble244
St Helens455
Stockport544
Tameside455
Trafford433
Vale Royal444
Warrington544
West Lancashire544
Wigan555
Wirral555
Wyre344
Yorkshire and the Humber
Barnsley555
Bradford555
Calderdale55
Craven444
Doncaster555
East Riding of Yorkshire444
Hambletonomitted32
Harrogate233
Kingston upon Hull56
Kirklees455
Leeds444
North East Lincolnshire555
North Lincolnshire555
Richmondshire334
Rotherham355
Ryedaleomitted32
Scarborough444
Selby444
Sheffield455
Wakefield555
York233
East Midlands
Amber Valley444
Ashfield555
Bassetlaw555
Blaby533
Bolsover455
Boston344
Broxtowe244
Charnwood444
Chesterfield455
Corby455
Daventry533
Derby545
Derbyshire Dales433
East Lindsey344
East Northamptonshire244
Erewash344
Gedling144
Harborough323
High Peak244
Hinckley and Bosworth444
Kettering444
Leicester544
Lincoln544
Mansfield255
Melton333
Newark and Sherwood344
North East Derbyshire554
North Kesteven443
North West Leicestershire444
Northampton444
Nottingham City555
Oadby and Wigston444
Rushcliffe223
Rutland522
South Derbyshire544
South Holland344
South Kestoven444
South Northamptonshire322
Wellingborough444
West Lindsey155
West Midlands
Birmingham544
Bridgnorth323
Bromsgrove223
Cannock Chase444
Coventry544
Dudley444
East Staffordshireomitted44
Herefordshire233
Lichfield433
Malvern Hills422
Newcastle-under-Lyme555
North Shropshire244
North Warwickshire544
Nuneaton and Bedworth544
Oswestry444
Redditch543
Rugby534
Sandwell554
Shrewsbury and Alcham233
Solihull322
South Shropshire331
South Staffordshire433
Stafford444
Staffordshire Moorlands145
Stoke-on-Trent555
Stratford-on-Avon322
Tamworth344
Telford & Wrekinomitted44
Walsall554
Warwick422
Wolverhampton455
Worcester333
Wychavon323
Wyre Forest143

Note:

There were eight authorities which had no or a negligible number of social lettings.

These authorities were omitted from the analysis as these data were considered to be unreliable.

1 Greenwich was added to the list of areas under housing pressure at the request of the borough.

2 East Hampshire was excluded from the original list because of a data problem. As it was a marginal case, it was not added at a later stage.

3 Spelthorne and Christchurch were not included on the final list at the request of these districts.


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Combined Indicators
OriginalUsing Income
London No changes
BarnetGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
BexleyGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
BrentGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
BromleyGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
CamdenGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
City of LondonGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
CroydonGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
EalingGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
EnfieldGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
HackneyGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Hammersmith and FulhamGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
HaringeyGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
HarrowGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
HillingdonGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
HounslowGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
IslingtonGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Kensington and ChelseaGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Kingston upon ThamesGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
LambethGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
LewishamGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
MertonGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
NewhamGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
RedbridgeGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Richmond upon ThamesGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
SouthwarkGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
SuttonGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Tower HamletsGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Waltham ForestGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
WandsworthGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
WestminsterGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
South East 5 areas with changed status
ChilternGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Epsom and Ewell Greatest pressureGreatest pressure
HartGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
OxfordGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Reigate and BansteadGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Tonbridge and MallingGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
Vale of White HorseGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
West BerkshireGreatest pressureGreatest pressure
ReadingGreatest pressure
SpelthorneGreatest pressure
AdurGreatest pressure
Brighton and HoveGreatest pressure
New ForestGreatest pressure
East of England 2 areas with changed status
WatfordGreatest pressure
BroxbourneGreatest pressure
South West No change
ChristchurchGreatest pressureGreatest pressure

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