(2) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 27 January 2010, Official Report, columns 914-5W, on affordable housing, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's guidance on the monitoring and evaluation systems; whether any additional funding has been allocated by his Department to local authorities to assist the monitoring and evaluation of the sexual orientation of tenants; whether completing such a form will be a condition of tenancy; and whether requirements will apply to social landlords to report the findings of their sexual orientation surveys to (a) his Department, (b) the Tenant Services Authority, (c) the Government Equalities Office and (d) the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
There is no statutory requirement on social landlords to monitor or survey the sexual orientation of their tenants and no Government plans to make it a requirement on social landlords to report to any organisation data on the sexual orientation of their tenants. Consequently, no additional funding has been allocated to local authorities by Communities and Local Government specifically to assist with the monitoring and evaluation of the sexual orientation of their tenants.
The Government do not believe it would be appropriate to make it a requirement that tenants should provide information on their sexual orientation.
The guidance referred to in the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 27 January 2010, Official Report, columns 914-5W, is statutory guidance on the allocation of social housing by local authorities (‘Fair and Flexible’, issued 4 December 2009). I have arranged for a copy of the guidance to be placed in the Library of the House.