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Multiple Occupation: Licensing

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 915W, on multiple occupation, what steps his Department is taking in respect of local authorities which have not reported the Register of Licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation data to his Department; and for what reason such data were not intended to be part of the National Indicator set. (323030)

Local authorities not currently supplying data to the Department for the Register of Licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation (ROLHMO) are contacted on a monthly basis for updates as to when they will be in a position to supply data. It is not a statutory requirement for local authorities to provide data.

The collection of information from local authorities serves a range of purposes. The national indicator set is limited to measures for Government's priority outcomes. There are many services and activities undertaken by local government, alone or in partnership, which are not directly reflected in the national indicator set but which will continue to be important to local areas and the people they serve. It is more appropriate that these are performance-managed locally—with local authorities setting priorities and reviewing performance.