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Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will consult the New Zealand Government on the references provided for Mr. Douglas Andrew, Head of the Economic Regulation Group of the Civil Aviation Authority. 
Mr. Robert Ainsworth: I understand that the previous Administration took proper steps to satisfy themselves that Mr. Andrew was the most appropriate person for the post of Director of Economic Regulation. I see no reason to reopen the question.
Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set out with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Staffordshire, Moorlands constituency, the effects on Staffordshire, Moorlands of his Department's policies and actions (a) since 2 May 1997 and (b) in the 12 months ending on 1 May 1997. 
|Newcastle- under-Lyme||Staffordshire, Moorlands||Staffordshire CC|
(4) No figures for 1996-97 are available as Staffordshire County Council was affected by reorganisation.
These figures have been adjusted to make year on year comparisons possible.
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The table shows the local transport expenditure to Staffordshire county council from 1997 to 2001. It should be noted that it is not possible to breakdown the allocations to Staffordshire, Moorlands only. To break down the expenditure into the individual districts of north Staffordshire would require a detailed examination of previous LTP and TPP documents and an estimate made of the cost of the works.
For the year 1996-97, the local transport settlement for Staffordshire included Stoke City Council. To establish a figure for this one year period would necessitate breaking down this figure and this is not easily obtainable.
|Provisional TPP allocation||Staffordshire||Newcastle- under-Lyme(5)|
|Block allocation||5,700||Not split|
|Major schemes||(6)3,750||Not split|
n/a = not available
(5) As part of north Staffordshire package
(6) Includes expenditure for Biddulph Inner Bypass
(7) Includes expenditure for Burntwood Bypass
(8) When combined with north Staffordshire package
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|Main HIP(9)||Capital receipts initiatives(10)||Indicative major repair allowance (MRA)(11),(12)||Totals|
|Total less 1997-98 HIP||--||--||--||7.607|
(9) The main HIP figure in italics was allocated by the previous Government.
(10) This was the fulfilling of the new Government's Manifesto commitment to allow LAs to spend more of their receipts from Right to Buy sales. The initiative ended in 1999-2000, thereafter additional resources have been allocated through the main HIP programme.
(11) Introduced from 1 April 2001
(12) Staffordshire, Moorlands DC is on the 2000-01 stock transfer programme and have had a successful tenants' ballot. The expectation is that, subject to the Secretary of State's consent, the council will transfer all their stock to a new Registered Social Landlord before the end of 2000-01, in which case the council will not qualify for MRA.
Housing resources allocated in the 12 months ending 1 May 1997
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(13) HIP allocations are issued every December, ie for 1996-97 they would have been issued in December 1995, and for 1997-98 they would have been issued in December 1996.
|Number of projects||Total RDC funding||Total scheme costs|
It is not possible to split the funding as at May in any year and details provided relate to financial years only. Rural Development Programme schemes include: Redundant Building Grants, Rural Development Programme and Workspace projects. This programme is split between Derbyshire and Staffordshire and a number of projects work across North-East Staffordshire and North-West Derbyshire. There is a real sense of joint working between the two areas and therefore the precise split of projects and funding may not be fully illustrated here. The Rural Priority Area covers roughly two-thirds of Derbyshire and one-third of Staffordshire. All projects which are aggregated in this table identify themselves on Advantage West Midland's database as Staffordshire, Moorlands, but may also include some cross-border Derbyshire activity.
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Land and property projects
|Total forecast value||1996-97||1997-98||1998-99||1999-2000||Spend to date 2000-01||Total spend profile|
|Far Lane Est., Ipstones||6,864||--||--||--||--||6,864||6,864|
|Overall total land and property||84,864||--||15,000||6,622||4,057||--||33,127|
(14) Preliminary investigation work
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|Round 2 Leek||Round 4 Biddulph||Round 5 rural regeneration NE Staffs||Total||Cumulative pre and post 1996-97|
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The Single Regeneration Budget programmes approved by Advantage West Midland and by the Government Office of the West Midlands prior to Advantage West Midland's existence are Leek, Biddulph and Rural Regeneration. The total spend on the schemes in the period to 31 March 2006 is £5.254 million with £1.12 million to be expended between 1997 to the end of this year and £165,000 in 1996-97.
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