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Affordable Housing

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Homes and Communities Agency spent acquiring unsold stock for affordable housing in each month since February 2009; and how many such properties have been purchased. (316181)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers he was given by my hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Wright) on 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 220W and on 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1115W.

Information on expenditure on acquisitions for 2009-10 will be available after the end of the financial year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications were received for the (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy, (d) First Time Buyer's Initiative and (e) Social HomeBuy schemes in each region in each year since 2005. (316253)

The following table shows the number of applications received for Open Market HomeBuy for 2006-07 to 2008-09. Information prior to 2006-07 is not held centrally.

Region

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

London

5,024

11,364

10,820

South East

9,818

13,307

21,113

East

2,103

4,921

11,701

South West

3,724

7,862

8,866

East Midlands

535

679

1,691

West Midlands

1,007

776

1,259

North West

754

742

1,310

North East

54

156

231

Yorkshire and Humberside

413

793

1,447

Total

23,432

40,600

58,438

Information on applications for the First Time Buyers Initiative is only held at a national level. The following table shows the number of applications for 2006-07 to 2008-09, there were no applications received before then.

Applications

2006-07

13,992

2007-08

18,282

2008-09

21,281

Information on applications for HomeBuy Direct, New Build HomeBuy and Social HomeBuy is not held centrally. Applications are processed by HomeBuy Agents (appointed housing associations).