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Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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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]

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.

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

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, and in the Library of the House.