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Housing: Floods

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of skill shortages in relation to repairs needed to houses affected by the summer 2007 floods; (211428)

(2) what assessment she has made of the availability of (a) plumbers, (b) electricians, (c) plasterers and (d) other essential workers necessary to complete repairs due to flood damage from summer 2007.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Vale of York (Miss McIntosh) on 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1405W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many households remain in temporary accommodation following the summer 2007 floods, broken down by local authority area; (211429)

(2) how many households are still displaced following the summer floods of 2007, broken down by local government area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households which were flooded in summer 2007 remain empty. (211670)

As at 30 May, we estimate that approximately 4,700 households remain wholly or partially displaced from their homes following the floods of summer 2007. Around one in six of those not back in their homes at the end of April had returned by the end of May. A breakdown of the figures by local authority area is available at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/corporate/pdf/846188.pdf