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(i) published and (ii) otherwise distributed by the local government modernisation team with respect to ethics in local government; 
Mr. Byers: The purpose of the local government modernisation team is to help to communicate and explain to council members and employees the Government's agenda for the modernisation of local government, and to feed back council's views and experiences to Ministers and Departments.
The role of the members of the team is therefore to contribute their operational knowledge to guidance or other publications prepared by the Department. Examples include contributing to Government Guidance on New Council Constitutions and on Referendums under the Local Government Act 2000 and working with the Improvement and Development Agency in developing their ethical governance audit for local authorities. The remit of the local government modernisation team is primarily in relation to the modernisation of local government and not specifically on environmental issues.
Mr. Byers: To ensure members of the local government modernisation team were recruited on an open basis, consistent with guidelines from the Civil Service Commissioners, advertisements for posts were placed in both the national and local government press. Applications were sought from people with:
the ability to command credibility and respect of members and senior officers;
knowledge of the (local government) modernisation agenda, with experience or expertise in one or more key areas;
excellent communication and presentation skills, and
good team players.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions who are the members of the local government modernisation team; and what are their relevant (a) experience and (b) qualifications. 
Chris Haynes, former Head of Information Age Government, Knowsley
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Guy Ware, former Director of Finance and Information Services, LB Enfield
Janice Morphet, former Chief Executive, Rutland
Julian Bowrey, former Head of Policy and Review, Cambridgeshire CC
John Haward, former Head of Corporate Strategy, Southwark LB
Mike Reardon, former Council Secretary, Trafford MBC
Pam Fox, former Assistant Chief Executive, Portsmouth City
Peter Murphy, former Chief Executive, Melton BC
Rita Petty, former Executive Director, Kirklees MBC.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the cost of (a) the establishment of the local government modernisation team and (b) its continuing operating costs. 
Mr. Byers: The local government modernisation team was set up with an annual budget of £1 million which included the cost of establishing the team in the autumn of 1999. This was increased to £1.5 million in 200001 to cover new roles, in particular local government on-line.
Mr. Byers: Members of the local government modernisation team have been appointed on a mixture of short-term secondments or fixed-term contracts, usually of one to two years (full and part-time). Most members are senior civil service equivalents. Remuneration is based on salary before joining the team, and is currently in the range from £45,000 to £80,000 per annum. Members have the option of remaining in the local government pension scheme or joining the principle civil service pension scheme when they join the Department.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what action he has taken to improve the quality of bus services with respect to (a) reliability of service and (b) the quality of information provided at bus stops since the publication of the bus quality indicators bulletin in September. 
Mr. Byers: The Government want to see more regular and reliable bus services that will attract increasing numbers of passengers. Since the publication of the most recent bus quality indicators bulletin in September, we have commenced powers under the Transport Act 2000 with regard to statutory Quality Partnerships and Quality Contracts. This means that local authorities now have a wider range of powers at their disposal to help them to take steps to improve local bus services.
The Transport Act 2000 also requires all local transport authorities to develop arrangements for ensuring that appropriate bus passenger information is made available, and enables them to step in to provide proper passenger information, at operators' expense, if existing arrangements are inadequate.
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Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which are the 12 most deprived wards in the Lancaster City district, with reference to the Index of Local Deprivation. 
Ms Keeble: Table 1 lists the 12 most deprived wards in the Lancaster district, as measured on the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000. This is one of the main components of the Indices of Deprivation 2000, which is the current measure of deprivation in England.
|Ward name(4)||Rank of index of multiple deprivation across England|
(4) These are based on ward boundaries as at 1998
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Separate indices at ward level on each of the six domains of deprivation: Income, Employment, Health Deprivation and Disability, Education Skills and Training, Housing and Geographical Access to Services. This allows all 8,414 wards in England to be ranked according to how deprived they are relative to other areas, for each domain.A ward level index that brings together information from the six domains of deprivation into one overall Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD 2000). Table 1 is based on this measure.
Six district level summaries of the IMD, which allow all 354 local authority districts to be ranked according to each measure. These summaries take account of the different patterns of deprivation found in different areas.
|Ward Name||IMD 2000||Income||Employment||Health||Education||Housing||Access to Services|
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