HC Deb 11 April 2003 vol 403 cc428-9W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the level of housing need in(a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK. [107540]

Mr. McNulty

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member on 7 January 2003,Official Report, column 115W. No further information has yet been collected.

Lynne Jones

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to publish the results of the consultation on housing capital. [107810]

Mr. McNulty

In August 2002 the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister issued the consultation document The Way Forward for Housing Capital Finance', consulting on a range of issues concerning the future of housing capital finance. Almost 300 responses were received. The decisions reached on the issues consulted on are reflected in "Sustainable Communities: building for the future" and the Local Government Bill currently before Parliament. A letter went to all Chief Finance Officers in local housing authorities in England on 1 April setting out in detail the proposed arrangements for the proposals consulted on. This letter is available at www.odpm.gov.uk, and in the Library of the House.

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