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10. Mr. Jack

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what studies his Department will be making of the impact of his latest housing policies on the north-west of England. [R] [166263]

Keith Hill

The Government's housing policies are encapsulated in the Sustainable Communities Plan. With four of the nine Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders located in the north-west, the region is set to benefit from £332 million over the next two years. A full programme evaluation for the pathfinder programme is to be commissioned. In addition, a full review of North West Regional Planning Guidance will start later this year, and will give further consideration to housing provision.

11. Mr. Blizzard

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the amount of affordable housing for rent in rural areas. [166264]

Keith Hill

The target for approvals of rural housing in small settlements within the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme has been increased from 800 in 2000–01 to 3,500 over the two years 2004–05 and 2005–06. The target for these two years has been exceeded by about 500 in the programme announced last month. The programme includes homes for both rent and low cost home ownership.

Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the effect of changes in the level of council funding for housing upon residents of Wirral, South since 1997. [166635]

Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the change in the level of council funding for housing has affected the residents of Birkenhead since 1997. [166214]

Phil Hope

Since 1997 allocations of capital funding to local authorities for housing purposes have risen consistently by about 15 per event. per annum on average. This includes the Major Repairs Allowance the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister introduced in 2001–02 specifically for the improvement of local authority stock alongside the Decent Homes standard which sets out minimum standards to be met by 2010. Wirral's allocations in the period 1997 to 2003–04 have risen by over 140 per cent. In addition to this welcome increase there is support through the Community Housing Task Force and Government Office for the North West to help the local authority and its tenants to choose the best strategy for long term improvement.

Matthew Green

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those respondents to the consultation paper on licensing houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) who(a) supported and (b) opposed the proposal to introduce a duty of care on the owners and managers of all HMOs to ensure the health and safety of their tenants. [166201]

Keith Hill

A total of 579 responses were received on the 1999 consultation paper on Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England. 363 of them expressed no views on the proposal to introduce a duty of care on the owners and managers of HMOs.

The five who were opposed to the proposal were:

  • Mr. D Ugustod
  • South London Family Housing Association
  • Mr. G Clements
  • Leeds Property Association
  • An anonymous respondent

The 211 respondents in favour of the proposal were:

  • National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC)
  • Mr. Trevor Alan Murphy
  • Leicestershire Fire Brigade
  • Society of Mary and Martha
  • Mr. Tom W M Turner
  • Oxford Fire Service
  • Middlesbrough borough council
  • University of Newcastle
  • Torbay borough council
  • Mr. John Stather
  • Wigan metropolitan borough council
  • Mr. Duncan McCargo
  • Yorkshire Coast Residential Landlords Association
  • Warrington borough council
  • Cornwall county council
  • Landlord's Association for Wessex
  • Cheshire Fire Brigade
  • Leicester city council
  • South Ribble borough council
  • Mr. David Patey
  • 494W
  • Kingston-upon-Hull district council
  • The London borough of Croydon
  • University of Sheffield Union of Students
  • Preston borough council
  • Havant borough council
  • Reigate and Bansted borough council
  • Hertfordshire county council
  • The Institute of Legal Executives
  • The UK Association of Letting Agents Ltd. (UKALA)
  • Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority
  • Great Yarmouth Residents Association
  • Lancaster city council
  • London borough of Newham
  • Association of Housing Advisory Services
  • Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • The Institute of Building Control
  • Tonbridge and Mailing borough council
  • Nottingham Landlords Liaison Panel to Nottingham city council
  • The NHS Confederation
  • Redcar and Cleveland borough council
  • Humberside Fire Brigade
  • Guildford borough council
  • Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service
  • Slough borough council
  • City of Salford Housing Services
  • Cumbria Fire Service
  • Ipswich borough council
  • Exeter city council
  • Blyth Valley council
  • Winchester city council
  • Royal Berkshire Fire Authority
  • South West Landlords Association
  • Metropolitan borough of Wirral
  • Nottingham city council
  • Cannock Chase district council
  • Selby district council
  • South Headingley Community Association
  • Lancashire Combined Fire Authority
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Torridge district council
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Teignbridge district council
  • Wyre Forest district council
  • Stafford borough council
  • The borough of Basingstoke and Deane
  • Hartlepool borough council
  • London Private Tenants Workers
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Civil Defence Authority
  • Portsmouth city council
  • Southampton city council
  • Cherwell district council
  • Metropolitan borough of Bury
  • Gloucester city council
  • Hereford and Worcester Combined Fire Authority
  • Maidstone borough council
  • Woking borough council
  • Wansbeck district council
  • Norfolk County Council Fire Service
  • Greater Manchester County Fire Service
  • St. Helens metropolitan borough council
  • Borough of Spelthorne
  • Somerset Fire Brigade
  • 495W
  • Stroud district council
  • City of Sunderland Health and Housing Services
  • Royal borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Stoke-on-Trent city council
  • Surrey Heath borough council
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme borough council
  • The Energy Conservation and Solar center
  • Association of Tenancy Regulations Officers
  • Taunton Deane borough council
  • South Hams district council
  • Professional Briefings
  • Ellesmere Port and Neston borough council
  • The Fire Brigades Union
  • Sedgemoor district council
  • Henstead Road and Canton Street Residents Association
  • Rushmoor borough council
  • East Hampshire district council
  • Stockton-on-Tees borough council
  • Lewisham Organisation of Private Tenants
  • Brent Private Tenants Rights Group
  • Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
  • Field Studies Council
  • Bradford metropolitan borough council
  • Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • Brentwood borough council
  • City of Durham
  • Swindon borough council
  • Newcastle city council
  • The Hull and District Landlords' Association
  • Vale of White Horse
  • Chester city council
  • Chichester district council
  • London borough of Hillingdon
  • The Housing Corporation
  • Bill Olner MP
  • Thanet district council
  • Northern Consortium of Housing Authorities
  • The Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Swale borough council
  • North Hyde Park Neighbourhood Association
  • British Property Federation
  • Wandsworth borough council
  • West Berkshire council
  • City of York council
  • Blackburn with Darwen borough council
  • Sheffield city council
  • The Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals of Universities (CVCP)
  • Yorkshire Region HMO Group
  • Nottinghamshire C I E H Housing Working Group
  • Doncaster metropolitan borough council
  • Gloucestershire Directors of Environment Services Housing Technical Sub Group
  • Brent borough council
  • Dudley metropolitan borough council
  • Oldham metropolitan borough council
  • Welwyn Hatfield council
  • Eastbourne borough council
  • Hart district council
  • Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Barnsley metropolitan borough council
  • Home Office Fire Policy Unit
  • 496W
  • Northampton borough council
  • Herefordshire council
  • Allerdale borough council
  • Borough of Hackney
  • St. Edmundsbury borough council
  • Shepway district council
  • Rother district council
  • Leeds city council
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
  • The National Council for Housing and Planning (ROOM)
  • Canterbury city council
  • Gateshead metropolitan borough council
  • Alan Simpson MP-Nottingham, South
  • Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire county council
  • London borough of Ealing
  • Solihull metropolitan borough council
  • Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association
  • National HMO Network
  • Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Mr. N Burn
  • Mr. J S McConnell
  • Child Accident Prevention Trust
  • Association of London Government
  • London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
  • City of Plymouth
  • East Lindsey district council
  • Cardiff county council
  • Powys county council
  • Newport county borough council
  • Greater Manchester Private Sector Housing Group
  • Manchester city council
  • Julia Drown MP
  • Shelter
  • North Somerset council
  • North Hertfordshire district council
  • Mrs Jean McAndrew
  • Mr. Peter Brackley
  • Sefton council
  • London borough of Hounslow
  • Bristol city council
  • Reading borough council
  • Trafford metropolitan borough council
  • Greater Manchester House in Multiple Occupation Working Group
  • Rochdale metropolitan borough council
  • Hastings borough council
  • Association for Student Residential Accommodation
  • Cambridge city council
  • Local Government Association
  • The Association of Building Engineers
  • Small Landlords Association
  • Harold Best MP
  • Lincoln city council
  • Merthyr Tydfil county borough council
  • Monmouthshire county council
  • Isle of Anglesey county council
  • Shelter Cymru
  • Pembrokeshire county council
  • Blaenau Gwent county borough
  • National Union of Students Wales
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • City and County of Swansea
  • Conwy county borough council
  • 497W
  • Denbighshire county council
  • Gwynedd council
  • North Wales Society of Directors of Public Protection
  • The Treforest Community Joint Committee
  • Residential Landlords Association
  • Mr. Ben Prescott

Mr. Hopkins

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to help local authorities to rehouse families on the housing waiting list. [166259]

Yvette Cooper

Local authorities are no longer required to hold 'housing waiting lists', and are now required to allocate housing following their published allocation scheme. In November 2002, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister issued a revised Code of Guidance on the Allocation of Accommodation; this encourages local authorities to provide housing applicants with a choice of accommodation in their allocation scheme.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister announced a major new affordable house building programme worth nearly £3.5 billion over this and next year, and we are allocating £260 million over 2003–04 to 2005–06 to tackle homelessness.

Mr. Betts

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the(a) level of housing basic credit approvals (as included in HIP allocations), (b) volume of reserved capital receipts from Right to Buy, (c) volume of usable capital receipts from Right to Buy and (d) capital receipts used by local authorities for housing investment were for (i) each local authority with a housing revenue account and (ii) England for (A) 1990–91, (B) 2000–01, (C) 2001–02, (D) 2002–03 and (E) 2003–04. [166637]

Keith Hill

Information on(a) local authority capital allocations since 1990–91 is available in the Library of the House.

The information requested at (b), (c) and (d), with the exception that no information is available yet for the year 2003–04, has been made available in the Library of the House.