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Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 15 September, ref 129306, for what reasons the allocation of additional funds for additional investment in local authority housing stock under the Sustainable Communities Plan did not include the option for a local authority to retain ownership and democratic control. [131012]

The Government believes that the benefit from additional resources will be maximised if the landlord function is separated from the authorities broader strategic functions. The three options offering additional investment—stock transfer, Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMOs)—all provide this.They also ensure that tenants have a greater role in the future management of their homes.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will grant the Rowner housing estate in Gosport eligibility for his schemes for special support. [128156]

The Government Office for the South East is currently working with Gosport's Local Strategic Partnership and Hampshire county council to help resolve the key issues around the Rowner estate. At present the partnership is in its infancy and as such is debating proposals to tackle the root causes of the problems surrounding the Rowner estate. The Government Office is in a position to provide advice during this process to the Local Strategic Partnership and Hampshire county council on any schemes that the Rowner estate may be eligible for.