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HANSARD ROUND UP

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------------------------------------------------------------------------ Accommodation for young offenders - statut...
------------------------------------------------------------------------ Accommodation for young offenders - statutory instruments - Welsh community charge - Welsh roads expenditure - mortgage debt - day visitor information - urban needs analysis - business rate appeals - Essex social services - grants to homelessness organisations - regional representation ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Commons oral answer 23 February 1993

Junior Health minister Tim Yeo said a number of councils had already registered an intention to provide some of the 60-65 additional secure places that the government has assessed as being required nationally to accommodate young offenders. The government is continuing to discuss with other councils how the balance might best be provided, Mr Yeo said (col 758).

Statutory Instruments

The draft Redundancy Payments (Local Government) (Modification) (Amendment) Order; the draft Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 1993; and the draft Council Tax Benefit (Permitted Total) Order 1993 were each referred to a standing committee on statutory instruments.

Commons written answers 23 February 1993

Junior Welsh minister Gwilym Jones published figures showing the estimated amounts to be collected in community charge within each local authority area in Wales for 1991-92 and 1992-93. Mr Jones said comparable information under council tax for 1993-94 was not yet available since councils were still setting budgets (col 505).

Welsh Minister Sir Wyn Roberts published figures showing the expenditure on the maintenance of roads in Wales by councils and that by central government, in each year since 1979-80 (col 507).

The number of owner occupiers with mortgages larger than the value of their houses in the fourth quarter of 1992 is estimated at about 1 million, excluding any that have increased their mortgage indebtedness since buying their homes, Housing Minister Sir George Young said. But this estimate was subject to considerable uncertainty, due to the very limited amount of information about house purchase loans from lenders other than building societies, Sir George said (col 522).

The DoE has joined forces with the Department of National Heritage to commission research into the feasibility of obtaining information on the numbers of day visitors to areas of the UK, to assist the calculation of standard spending assessments, junior local government minister Robin Squire said. It is hoped the results of this research will be available for incorporation into SSAs for 1994-94, Mr Squire said (col 523).

A report considering the factors which might be taken into account in analysing urban needs in the light of the 1991 census and other data, produced by the Centre for Urban Policy Studies, will shortly be circulated to local authority associations and voluntary organisations, Mr Squire said (col 523).

At the end of December 1992 valuation tribunals in England had outstanding 460,000 non domestic rating appeals, Mr Squire said. Following the revaluation on 1 April 1990, English tribunals initially received some 600,000 appeals, mostly towards the end of that financial year. Since then around 470,000 appeals have been resolved, and a further 330,000 received (col 525).

Discussions have taken placed between junior Health minister Tim Yeo and Essex CC social services department about two cases in which children in the county were removed from their natural parents, one in 1989 and one last year, Mr Yeo said. Essex was asked to review current child care cases and consider what other action is necessary for the future (col 541).

Lords oral answer 23 February 1993

Junior environment minister Lord Strathclyde said money available under s73 of the Housing Act 1985 for housing projects was not limited to national voluntary organisations, but could go to any national or local organisation offering direct, practical help to the homeless. Responding to Lord Howell, who said leaked documents from the Housing Corporation proposed limitation to national bodies, Lord Strathclyde said he was not aware of the document but government policy was 'clear and unequivocal' (col 84).

Lords written answer 23 February 1993

Junior Trade and Industry minister Baroness Denton of Wakefield said the government did not believe the regions were disadvantaged because they do not have their own secretary of state like Scotland and Wales. She said the organisation of government functions in England relates primarily to a departmental division of responsibilities, and many departments have regional offices which are able to monitor and advise ministers on the regional impact of policy (col 14).

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