Results 41–60 of 2218 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Margaret Beckett

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (2 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: On 3 December 2008, the Prime Minister announced additional support for homeowners facing financial difficulties through a new homeowners mortgage support scheme. It became clear that legislative change was required. This was secured on 12 February when the Banking Bill received Royal Assent. I wrote to lenders detailing the proposed key elements of the scheme in December. This letter is...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Social Housing: Oxfordshire (3 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Nearly £26 million has so far been committed for affordable housing in Oxfordshire from the Homes and Communities Agency's 2008-11 programme. This will support provision of 1,400 units, around 60 per cent. of which are planned to be for social rent. Further funding will depend on value for money and deliverability of schemes.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: HomeBuy Scheme (3 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table shows the regional distribution of open market homebuy and new build homebuy completions for 2006-07, 2007-08 and up to end of January 2009 for 2008-09. These are based on the local authority in which the property is located. Open market homebuy New build homebuy Region name (by location) 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 to end January 2006-07 2007-08 ...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns: Middle Quinton (4 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: holding answer 3 March 2009 I welcome the additional technical assessment reports that have been commissioned by local councils in the locations of the shortlisted eco-towns, including Middle Quinton. Together with the consultation documents, which I published on 4 November 2008, and the financial viability study, which I expect to publish shortly, these reports and similar material in...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Roads: Canvey Island (4 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: A planning application for Roscommon Way Extension with a full environmental impact assessment has been submitted to Essex county council. It would not be appropriate for CLG to review at this time. CLG has thus made no assessment on the progress on Phase II.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Written Questions: Government Responses (4 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: I replied to the hon. Member's Question on 2 March 2009, Official Report, column 1227W.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (5 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The £200 million Government Mortgage Rescue Scheme has been operational across the country since 1 January 2009. Under the scheme's financial structure, funding is not allocated directly to local authorities. Instead, it is drawn down by participating registered social landlord (RSL) providers after negotiations have take place with a household's lender and once a debt management plan has...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (9 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: We expect the Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme to be open for business with the first lenders in April now that the Banking Act 2009, which is the legislative vehicle we have used to enable us to do this, has gained Royal Assent (on 12 February). The draft Master Guarantee is currently with lenders. We will publish a full impact assessment when the Master Guarantee Deed has been finalised.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (11 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: We are currently working with lenders to agree the Master Guarantee for the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme, which we expect to be open for business with the first lenders in April. We will publish a full impact assessment when the Master Guarantee Deed has been finalised.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (11 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: We are making good progress on the implementation of the Homeowner Mortgage Support scheme and expect the scheme to be open for business with the first lenders in April now that the Banking Act, which is the legislative vehicle we have used to enable us to do this, has gained Royal Assent ( 12 February). We are now working with a wider group of lenders to finalise the scheme implementation...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The desirability of alternate weekly collections is something that promoters and local authorities will want to discuss as part of taking individual proposals forward. In the draft Eco-towns Planning Policy Statement we have set out the standards that eco-town proposals must meet, including for waste. It is for each eco-town proposal to demonstrate how they will achieve the standards.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns: Public Consultation (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The second stage eco-towns consultation has been extended to 30 April 2009 in line with an undertaking that I made prior to the recent legal proceedings, which concluded in the Government's favour. This will ensure that the public and all stakeholders will have sufficient time to respond to the consultation and consider all the information that has been published on the policy, including the...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Energy Performance Certificates (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The guidance on Display Energy Certificates (DECs) stipulates that a DEC must be placed in a prominent place clearly visible to the public. It recommends that the certificate should ideally be placed in the reception area, or entrance, of a building or be clearly visible from it.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: HomeBuy Scheme (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: No specific participation targets have been set for the HomeBuy Direct scheme. The Government are making £400 million available in the remainder of 2008-09 and 2009-10 to help up to 18,000 first time buyers into home ownership through this scheme, but the actual number of transactions (and consequently, the actual amount of expenditure incurred by Government) will depend on take-up by first...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: HomeBuy Scheme (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The new HomeBuy Direct scheme is in the process of being rolled out. Just under 6,000 HomeBuy Direct properties are now available to purchasers, and further properties will become available very soon. Given that a house purchase typically takes three to six months, no transactions have been completed to date.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: A list of HCA regional office location is provided: Ashford Kent House 81 Station Road Ashford Kent TN23 1PP Birmingham 5 St. Philips Place Colmore Row Birmingham B3 2PW Bracknell Atrium Court The Ring Bracknell Berkshire RG12 IDF Bristol 1st Floor Aztec Centre Aztec West Almondsbury Bristol BS32 4TD Cambridge Westbrook Centre Block A, Suite 1 Milton Road Cambridge CB41YG Croydon Leon...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Public Relations (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Given the current status of the HCA's restructuring process it is not possible, at this stage, to specify the number of staff that the HCA will employ in the press, media and communications functions when it is at full complement. The HCA currently employ 30 full-time equivalent posts within its communications team which covers a broad range of national and regional functions including...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Construction (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The first stage assessment work produced at the beginning of the competition process has been placed in the House Library—'Designed for Manufacture—Lessons learnt'. Research analysing the cost data is ongoing, and is due to be completed during the next financial year. A copy will be placed in the Library upon publication. It will also be made available on the Homes and Communities Agency...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Listed Buildings: Energy Performance Certificates (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: A display energy certificate (DEC) is required for listed buildings where they are larger than 1,000m(2 )and are occupied by a public body or by institutions providing public services to a large number of persons. A DEC is not required for places of worship.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (12 Mar 2009)

Margaret Beckett: My right hon. Friend the Member for Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) approved the appointment of Mr. Alan Clark to the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee on 30 July 2007.


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