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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much of the expenditure by his Department in each of the years (a) 199697, (b) 199798, (c) 199899, (d) 19992000, (e) 200001, (f) 200102 and (g) 200203 (estimated) was allocated with reference to the Index of Multiple Deprivation; which expenditure programmes are allocated
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with respect to this Index and other measures of relative geographic deprivation; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Keeble: The table sets out Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions expenditure, which either partly or wholly, uses measures
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of multiple deprivation to decide allocation levels. This question covers a period during which three such measures have been employed by Government. These are:
|Single Regeneration Budget||277.5||458.8||560.9||691.9||725.1||873||(26)|
|Land and Property Programme||||||||||||370||(26)|
|New Deal for Communities||||||||60||120||240||350|
|Neighbourhood Renewal Fund||||||||||200||300||400|
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(26) Both these programmes will be subsumed into 'single pot' for Regional Development Agencies from April 2002. The Department for Trade and Industry will have effective responsibility for all grant in aid to RDAs from November 2001.
'The Single Regeneration Budget' was based on a competitive bidding process but also included an indicative regional allocation. The methodology for determining the regional 'indicative' allocations from Round 2 onwards was:
'The Land and Property Programme' includes an element of the Indices of Deprivation 2000 for the period 200102 only. 80 per cent. of the budget was allocated on a criteria basis involving the use of seven indicators, one of which was based on the Indices of Deprivation 2000a 'deprived wards' indicator which captured the number of people living in the most deprived local authority districts. The Indices element therefore represents only a small aspect of the allocation methodology. No other indices were used in previous years, nor will they be used in future years due to the commencement of the new single pot for Regional Development Agencies from April 2002.
'New Deal for Communities': The 1998 Index of Local Deprivation has been used as a basis for selection for Rounds 1 and 2 of this programme.
The overall ranking measuring degree of deprivation at the district level was used as the main indicator for selection as it was the most up to date and robust. To ensure a good geographical spread, a regional quota system was applied in addition.
'The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund' is distributed to authorities which figure in the 50 most deprived authorities against the six individual district level measures in the Indices of Deprivation 2000. This produces a list of 81 authorities, to which were added seven authorities not included in this list but which were in the 50 most deprived areas on any of the four measures under the Index of Local Deprivation 1998. The allocations are based on a standard amount per head of population living in the 10 per cent. most deprived wards nationally.
'The Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Programme' is targeted on areas selected from among authorities which include more than one ward in the worst 10 per cent. as measured by the Indices of Deprivation 2000, but excluding any local authority where there is a New Deal for Communities Partnership.
'Housing Capital Allocations': The needs indices used in the allocation of these resources to local authorities (Generalised Needs Index) and Registered Social Landlords (Housing Needs Index) include an element of targeting of resources to deprived areas, based on the Index of Local Conditions 1991. The way in which the indices are constructed and used means that the targeting does not allocate a specific amount of the available resources. The targeting accounted for 30 per cent. of the Generalised Needs Index (before adjustment for regional cost variations) in 200102. This was increased from 20 per cent. in earlier years as a result of the creation of Major Repairs Allowance to allocate resources for maintaining council housing; there is no targeting to deprived areas in these allocations. The targeting within the Housing Needs Index has been 15 per cent. throughout the period.
'Housing Revenue Account Subsidy': The maintenance allowance within this subsidy system includes a component based on the Index of Local Conditions 1991. This component has accounted for around 10 per cent. of the resources available for the maintenance allowance, which equates to around £200 million, throughout the period.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if Alun Evans, former Director of Communication in the DTLR, was the Head of Information for the purpose of managing departmental communications and recording special advisers' contacts with the media under the code of conduct for special advisers. 
Mr. Byers [holding answer 18 October 2001]: Yes.
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Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action is being taken by (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) other parts of his Department to ensure that bulk fireworks entering the UK are taken to licensed storage facilities; and what checks are made at the port of entry. 
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 24 October 2001]: Neither DTLR nor HSE carries out routine checks at the port of entry on bulk fireworks entering Great Britain or on their destination. Any such arrangements would be a disproportionate burden on industry and would not be an effective use of enforcement resources.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from the firework industry on the control and monitoring of bulk supplies of fireworks entering the UK, with particular reference to checks at ports of entry. 
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 24 October 2001]: We have received no representations from the fireworks industry on the control and monitoring of bulk supplies of fireworks entering the UK. HM Customs and Excise undertakes intelligence led risk-based checks at ports of entry and where it has concerns it would notify HSE and/or the relevant local authority for the fireworks' destination.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received from (a) the firework industry and (b) local authorities regarding reports of illegal storage of fireworks in (i) the west Midlands, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) Leicestershire; and what action he has taken in response to those representations. 
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 24 October 2001]: We have received no representations from the fireworks industry or from local authorities on reports of illegal storage of fireworks in the west Midlands, Lancashire and Leicestershire. However, I understand local authorities in Lancashire and Leicestershire have contacted HSE for advice about illegal storage of fireworks. I understand that enforcement action has been taken by local authorities.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he intends to direct local authorities to undertake local referendums to ascertain the public support for directly elected mayors in cases where council has decided to pursue another form of local government under the Local Government Act 2000. 
Dr. Whitehead: The circumstances where my right hon. Friend may direct a local authority to undertake a local referendum to ascertain the public support for a directly elected mayor are specified in Schedule 2 to the Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000. Simply that a council has decided to pursue a form of local government other than one that involves a directly elected mayor is not one of the specified circumstances. In any case where one or more of the specified circumstances prevails, my
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right hon. Friend will decide whether or not to direct a referendum, having regard to all the circumstances of that case.
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