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Derbyshire police authority

Devon county council

Dudley metropolitan borough council

Durham county council

East Lindsey district council

East Midlands county councils

Gateshead metropolitan borough council

Gateshead metropolitan borough council (on behalf of the metropolitan authorities outside London)

Glanford district council

Hereford and Worcester county council

High Peak district council

Humberside county council

Isles of Scilly council

Isle of Wight council

Kent county council

Kirklees metropolitan borough council

Knowsley metropolitan borough council

Lancashire county council

Lincolnshire county council

Lincolnshire police authority

Liverpool city council

London borough of Brent

London borough of Ealing

London borough of Enfield

London borough of Havering

London borough of Hillingdon

London borough of Hounslow

London borough of Kingston upon Thames

London borough of Merton

London borough of Richmond upon Thames

London borough of Sutton

London borough of Westminster

Newark and Sherwood district council

Norfolk county council

North Yorkshire county council

Northamptonshire county council

Northamptonshire police authority

Northumberland county council

Nottinghamshire county council

Oxfordshire county council

Reading district council

Rushmoor district council

Sheffield city council

Shropshire county council

Slough borough council

Staffordshire county council

Stevenage district council

St. Helens metropolitan borough council

Suffolk county council

Surrey county council

Tameside metropolitan borough council

Tandridge district council

Thurrock district council

Tonbridge and Malling district council

Warwickshire county council

West Yorkshire fire and civil defence authority

West Sussex county council

Wokingham district council

Wolverhampton metropolitan borough council

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when his Department plans to remedy inequities in the area cost adjustment.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: The Government consider that the existing area cost adjustment is well justified, but remain willing to consider arguments for improvements

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in the way in which the standard spending assessments sallow for the higher costs in some parts of the country.

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his assessment of the amount of transfer of grant to (a) London and (b) the south-east under the area cost adjustment for each year since it was introduced together with the comparative figures for Humberside, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: The table shows the total contribution of the area cost adjustment to standard spending assessments for (a) London and (b) the rest of the south-east, for each year since SSAs were first introduced in 1990 91. The area cost adjustment is not applied to shire counties outside the south-east.

Contribution of area cost adjustment to SSAs (£ million)                               
                                    |Area of the                                       
                                    |receiver for the|South-east                       
                                    |Metropolitan    |(outside                         
Year               |London          |Police          |London)                          
1990-91            |562.2           |-               |274.0                            
1991-92            |778.0           |-               |373.5                            
1992-93            |855.0           |-               |458.8                            
1993-94            |842.7           |-               |489.0                            
1994-95            |960.1           |-               |575.6                            
1995-96 (proposed) |1002.8          |116.1           |556.7                            
The area of the Receiver for the Metropolitan police excludes the City of London and   
includes parts of the south-east outside London. Before 1995-96, the SSA for the       
receiver was based on his budget, as approved by the Home Secretary, which included    
those extra costs which, from 1995-96, are reflected in the area cost adjustment.      

Air Pollution

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are his proposals to tackle severe air pollution including winter smog.

Mr. Atkins: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State yesterday published a statement of the Government's strategic policies for improving air quality. Proposals on action during air quality episodes, including provision of information to the public, will be published later this year.

Mr. Corbett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to consult with organisations of, and representing, people with disabilities over any restrictions on vehicular use of city centre streets in periods of high air pollution.

Sir Paul Beresford: The Government's strategic policies for managing air quality are set out in "Air Quality: Meeting the Challenge", published by the Secretaries of State for the Environment, for Scotland, for Wales, for Northern Ireland, and for Transport on 19 January 1995. Those policies are aimed at delivering sustainable improvements in air quality, thereby reducing the risk of episodes of high pollution and possible need for restrictions on vehicular use in such circumstance. It will be the Government's policy to ensure that should such restrictions nevertheless be contemplated, there is appropriate consultation with relevant interests, including people with disabilities.

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Single Regeneration Budget

Mr Raynsford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the successful bids for single regeneration budget funding in London, giving in each case the total amount allocated in each financial year and its breakdown between each district expenditure programme within the single regeneration budget.

Mr. Curry: The proposed funding from the single regeneration budget for the successful bids in London, subject to the finalisation of delivery plans and funding

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agreements and the availability of resources, is given the table. No allocation can be made between expenditure programmes that make up the single regeneration budget; the new arrangements are designed to provide flexible support for sustainable regeneration, economic development and industrial competitiveness in a way which meets local needs and priorities. It is therefore not possible to identify how funding of successful SRB bids relates to existing programmes that now form part of the SRB.

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Single Regeneration Budget-Successful bids with amount allocated per year                                                                                                      
Lead organisation              |1995-96          |1996-97          |1997-98          |1998-99          |1999-00          |2000-01          |2001-02                            
and bid title                                                                                                                                                                  
High Flyers                    |313,000          |312,000          |311,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
Unlocking the Economic                                                                                                                                                         
Potential of Young People      |540,000          |850,000          |850,000          |850,000          |850,000          |850,000          |851,088                            
Business 2000                  |370,000          |370,000          |370,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
Business Education Alliance    |122,000          |225,000          |225,000          |225,000          |225,000          |225,000          |224,500                            
Off the Streets and Into Work  |555,200          |496,800          |522,400          |461,600          |-                |-                |-                                  
City and Inner London North                                                                                                                                                    
Contributing to a World Class                                                                                                                                                  
City                           |1,042,400        |1,184,675        |1,184,675        |1,184,675        |1,184,675        |1,184,675        |1,184,675                          
Hackney 2000 Partnership                                                                                                                                                       
Building on our Strengths      |1,450,000        |2,800,000        |3,890,000        |3,890,000        |3,890,000        |3,890,000        |5,486,737                          
London Borough Barking and                                                                                                                                                     
Roding Valley Area                                                                                                                                                             
Regeneration                   |235,000          |320,000          |145,000          |10,000           |10,000           |-                |-                                  
London Borough Brent                                                                                                                                                           
Chalkhill Estate: Economic                                                                                                                                                     
and Physical Regeneration      |541,000          |619,000          |947,000          |377,000          |766,000          |-                |-                                  
London Borough Brent                                                                                                                                                           
Crime Reduction, Employment                                                                                                                                                    
and Training Programme         |674,670          |1,025,450        |622,010          |549,000          |546,000          |-                |-                                  
London Borough Brent                                                                                                                                                           
Department of Education                                                                                                                                                        
Brent Reading Recovery         |150,000          |125,000          |100,000          |75,000           |50,000           |-                |-                                  
London Borough Greenwich                                                                                                                                                       
Greenwich Regeneration:                                                                                                                                                        
Woolwich Revival               |2,750,000        |5,574,000        |5,579,000        |4,186,000        |3,107,000        |1,828,000        |1,828,000                          
London Borough Harrow                                                                                                                                                          
Ethnic Minority Business                                                                                                                                                       
 Development                   |79,150           |88,595           |103,460          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
London Borough Hounslow                                                                                                                                                        
Bid for Brentford              |2,400,000        |5,000,000        |4,000,000        |1,200,000        |1,000,000        |-                |-                                  
London Borough Hounslow                                                                                                                                                        
Children's Service Training                                                                                                                                                    
Centre                         |143,000          |31,000           |14,000           |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
London Borough Lambeth                                                                                                                                                         
Riverside South                |390,000          |1,555,000        |1,566,00         |1,148,000        |180,000          |190,000          |160,000                            
London Borough Lewisham                                                                                                                                                        
Silwood Estate: Combating                                                                                                                                                      
Racial Harassment              |113,908          |81,508           |53,208           |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
London Borough Merton                                                                                                                                                          
Wandle Strategy for                                                                                                                                                            
Regeneration                   |750,000          |1,500,000        |1,500,000        |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
London Borough Newham                                                                                                                                                          
Green Street Regeneration      |700,000          |1,444,000        |1,360,000        |1,458,000        |942,000          |811,000          |869,000                            
London Borough Newham                                                                                                                                                          
Meeting the needs of                                                                                                                                                           
Newham's Communities           |700,000          |700,000          |2,000,000        |2,000,000        |2,000,000        |2,000,000        |2,000,000                          
London Borough Southwark                                                                                                                                                       
Cross River Partnership        |80,000           |225,000          |563,000          |1,025,000        |750,000          |0                |0                                  
London Borough Southwark                                                                                                                                                       
Peckham Partnership            |3,564,000        |11,257,000       |10,340,000       |10,740,000       |10,740,000       |8,915,000        |4,390,000                          
London Borough Sutton                                                                                                                                                          
Sutton Regeneration                                                                                                                                                            
Partnership                    |150,000          |693,930          |621,920          |413,000          |323,000          |329,000          |284,000                            
London Borough Hamlets                                                                                                                                                         
Stepney Revitalisation Bid     |2,705,000        |2,700,000        |4,600,000        |4,600,000        |4,600,000        |4,600,000        |4,600,000                          
London Borough Wandsworth                                                                                                                                                      
Wandsworth Partnership         |310,000          |1,303,000        |1,303,000        |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
London Boroughs Barking and                                                                                                                                                    
Dagenham, Havering and                                                                                                                                                         
East Thames Side Partnership   |1,335,000        |1,345,000        |2,775,000        |3,580,000        |3,983,000        |300,000          |300,000                            
ASSIST: Business Development                                                                                                                                                   
Support                        |277,000          |277,000          |277,000          |0                |0                |0                |-                                  
Higher Level Skills                                                                                                                                                            
Enhancement Initiative         |250,000          |377,000          |377,000          |377,000          |377,000          |377,000          |376,750                            
Language Support in East                                                                                                                                                       
London                         |60,000           |70,000           |80,000           |85,800           |85,800           |85,800           |85,800                             
Raising the Skill Base in East                                                                                                                                                 
London                         |314,000          |349,000          |349,000          |349,000          |349,000          |349,000          |348,200                            
Lewisham Enterprise                                                                                                                                                            
Into the Mainstream            |125,000          |125,000          |0                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
London First and Groundwork                                                                                                                                                    
in London                                                                                                                                                                      
Action for London's                                                                                                                                                            
Environment                    |120,000          |400,000          |400,000          |0                |0                |-                |-                                  
Support for New Businesses     |600,000          |600,000          |600,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
Upper Lee Valley Partnership   |5,000,000        |6,300,000        |6,300,000        |6,500,000        |5,800,000        |5,000,000        |5,000,000                          
Brent and Harrow SRB Bid       |573,000          |519,000          |469,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
Park Royal Partnership Ltd.                                                                                                                                                    
Development Park Royal's                                                                                                                                                       
Offer                          |2,237,000        |2,645,000        |1,635,000        |735,000          |605,000          |435,000          |325,000                            
Soho Housing Association                                                                                                                                                       
Salter's City Foyer            |300,000          |120,000          |80,000           |80,000           |80,000           |80,000           |80,000                             
Building Education Business                                                                                                                                                    
Links                          |272,000          |285,250          |285,250          |285,250          |285,250          |-                |-                                  
Credit Accumulation and                                                                                                                                                        
Transfer System for London     |170,000          |63,000           |17,000           |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
New Business Growth            |650,000          |650,000          |650,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
South Bank Employers Group                                                                                                                                                     
South Bank Environmental                                                                                                                                                       
Improvements Project           |1,100,000        |1,000,000        |-                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
Stratford Development                                                                                                                                                          
Partnership Ltd.                                                                                                                                                               
New Dimensions for Stratford                                                                                                                                                   
and Temple Mills               |800,000          |2,100,000        |2,100,000        |2,000,000        |2,000,000        |2,000,000        |2,000,000                          
Education and Guidance         |223,000          |344,500          |344,500          |344,500          |344,500          |344,500          |344,500                            
Self employment for the                                                                                                                                                        
disadvantaged                  |250,000          |200,000          |200,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
The Bloomsbury Project Board                                                                                                                                                   
Bloomsbury Project             |125,000          |225,000          |225,000          |225,000          |-                |-                |-                                  
Tower Hamlets College                                                                                                                                                          
Raising Participation: Raising                                                                                                                                                 
Achievement                    |100,000          |70,000           |70,000           |70,000           |70,000           |70,000           |50,000                             
Centre for Manufacturing and                                                                                                                                                   
Engineering Innovation         |150,000          |100,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
Economic Development for                                                                                                                                                       
New Businesses, West London    |500,000          |500,000          |500,000          |-                |-                |-                |-                                  
Partnerships in West London    |225,000          |225,000          |220,000          |185,000          |170,000          |150,000          |105,000                            

Home Ownership

Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many self-employed householders were owner-occupiers in the years 1979, 1985 and 1994.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: The estimates available are:

             |Million     |<1>Per cent.             
1977-78      |1.00        |11                       
1985         |1.33        |12                       
1993-94      |1.81        |13                       
<1> As a proportion of all owner occupiers.         

These figures are taken from the national dwelling and housing survey for the earliest estimate, the 1985 labour force survey and the 1993 94 survey of English housing, and are subject to sampling error.

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Mr. Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the state of the United Kingdom housing industry; and if he will indicate those steps he is taking which specifically promote home ownership.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: Total housing starts in the United Kingdom in the first nine months of 1994 were 10 per cent. higher than in the same period in 1993. Private housing starts were up 13 per cent. The number of starts in 1994 will be the highest since 1989 for both the private sector and in total. We are continuing to promote home ownership through a range of policies including the right to buy, cash incentive schemes open to local authority and housing association tenants, and shared ownership schemes.

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Energy Efficiency

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received regarding the introduction of a national energy efficiency programme and the environmental implication; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: I receive many representations on every aspect of energy efficiency, including the numerous energy efficiency initiatives and programmes run by my Department's energy efficiency office.

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Hereford and Worcester County Council

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total standard spending assessment of Hereford and Worcester county council in 1992 93, 1993 94 and 1994 95 and what it is for 1995 96; and within that total, what the standard spending assessment was for (a) education, (b) social services, (c) police authority and (d) fire services in each of these years.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: The figures requested are set out in the table. They have not been adjusted for changes of responsibility.

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(£ million)                                                                     
                         |1992-93   |1993-94   |1994-95   |<1>1995-96           
Education                |241.880   |<2>211.588|216.529   |219.948              
Personal social services |47.190    |51.235    |61.284    |69.567               
Police                   |26.580    |28.318    |29.448    |<3>nil               
Fire                     |11.831    |12.116    |12.378    |11.672               
Highway maintenance      |25.462    |25.114    |24.968    |24.870               
Other services           |21.480    |21.679    |23.236    |22.811               
Capital financing        |22.620    |22.515    |20.194    |17.772               
Total SSA                |397.044   |372.565   |388.036   |366.640              
<1> 1995-96 figures are those in the proposed local government finance          
settlement 1995-96, announced by the Secretary of State on1 December 1994.      
<2> Responsibility for most further education was transferred out of local      
government from 1 April 1993.                                                   
<3> SSA for police is allocated direct to West Mercia police authority from 1   
April 1995. The police authority receives a police SSA of £48.466 million and a 
total SSA of £49.339 million.                                                   

Mr. Jopling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the level of standard spending assessment per head of population for all local authorities for which he has responsibility.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: I am placing in the Library a table which provides the information requested using the proposed standard spending assessment figures for 1995 96, as announced by the Secretary of State on 1 December 1994.

Assembly of European Regions

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from the Assembly of European Regions; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert B. Jones: My Department has no record of

representations from this organisation.

Electricity-generating Domestic Waste Incineration Plants

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the current number and capacity of electricity-generating domestic waste incineration plants in the United Kingdom; and what estimate he has made of the future number and capacity of such plants.

Mr. Charles Wardle: I have been asked to reply.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer that I gave him on 19 January, Official Report, column 591.

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Peace Talks

Mr. McFall: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress of the peace talks.

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam (Lady Olga Maitland) on 19 January, Official Report, column 835.

Fair Employment

Mr. Parry: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reform the Fair Employment Act 1989.

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave to the hon. Member for Dagenham (Ms Church) on 19 January, Official Report, column 607.

Youth Service

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what calculations he has made of the changes in levels of funding for the youth service in Northern Ireland since 1989; and if he will make a statement.

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