HC Deb 18 March 2004 vol 419 cc451-2W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish the research by the College of Estate Management into the valuation of properties purchased under the right to buy scheme. [162239]

Keith Hill

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister expects to publish the report of this review in May 2004.

Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will designate former New Town land in Chorley in Government ownership as land for(a) starter homes and (b) part-rent-part-buy homes. [161398]

Keith Hill

The identification of land for affordable housing is a matter for the local planning authority in consultation with English Partnerships and other stakeholders.

Mr. Drew

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities will hold a ballot in the next six months to determine the future of their council housing stock. [161780]

Keith Hill

For stock transfers eight local authorities will ballot their tenants on 13 LSVT programmes in the next six months. The local authorities are; London borough of Islington, London borough of Lambeth, Manchester county council, North East Lincolnshire, Royal borough of Kingston, Trafford Metropolitan borough council, Wakefield and Wirral.

For Arms Length Management Organisations, Nottingham, Sheffield (partial), Slough, Bassetlaw, Brent (partial), Bury, Ealing, Eastbourne, Manchester (partial), Newark and Sherwood, Rotherham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton will need to complete a test of public opinion which may be a ballot, if their bid for a place on the programme is successful, but there is no time-scale in which to do this. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is not aware of any Private Finance Initiative schemes that are planning ballots.