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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) for what purpose the funding budgeted but not used in the 200001 financial year for transport has been used subsequently; 
Dr. Whitehead: Amounts carried forward into 200102 under end year flexibility arrangements were published in the Public Expenditure 200001 Provisional Outturn White Paper (Cm 5243). Amounts taken up, and the programmes for which they were taken up, were announced in written answers preceding supplementary estimates on 22 June 2001, Official Report, columns 1213W; 28 November 2001, Official Report, columns 94852W and 13 February 2002, Official Report, columns 398401W.
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 28 February 2002]: Six appointments made by the Secretary of State to the Shoreham Port Authority are made after consultation with various stakeholder groups. These are: the Chamber of Shipping, Brighton and Hove council, Adur district council, the Shoreham Private Wharfingers and such
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persons appearing to the Secretary of State to be representative of organised labour as the Secretary of State thinks appropriate.
Three appointments are made directly by the Secretary of State following public advertisement of these posts. The criteria for these posts will vary at the time of each vacancy depending on what skills, knowledge and experience are required on the board at that time.
Ms Keeble [holding answer 28 February 2002]: Low demand for housing is adding to the decline of many of our inner cities and towns, particularly in the north. It blights communities, and the lives of those who live in the areas affected. We are determined to tackle this, and the Government have made a commitment to turn around the incidence of low demand by 2010.
A number of northern local authorities and housing associations have submitted a proposal to Government for a strategic housing market renewal fund to tackle areas of the country most adversely affected by low demand. We are considering the housing market renewal fund proposal in the context of the current spending review. We can make no commitments in advance of its conclusions.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many members of his staff in each of the past two years have been granted a day's paid leave to work as a volunteer; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Whitehead: I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Angus (Mr. Weir) on 13 February 2002, Official Report, column 396W. The Department supports the sale of fair trade products; some of them are on sale in staff canteens.
Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what scientific evidence has been received in respect of white asbestos and the proposed control of asbestos at work regulations. 
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 28 February 2002]: Research by Professor Peto and Health and Safety Executive epidemiologists, published in The Lancet on 4 March 1995 confirmed that building and maintenance workers are the largest group at risk of exposure to
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asbestos. At least a quarter of the 3,000 people now dying from asbestos related diseases have at some time worked in these trades. The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations are therefore being tightened to ensure workers know where asbestos is in premises and can take appropriate precautions. A copy of the research paper is available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on Cities of London and Westminster constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
Dr. Whitehead: The information requested can be obtained only at disproportionate cost, as such statistics are normally collected on the basis of administrative units (such as local authorities) rather than parliamentary constituencies.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much revenue was raised from the business rate in the Greater London area during (a) the last 12 months and (b) each year since 1992. 
Dr. Whitehead: The table gives the revenue raised from business rates in Greater London for 199192 to 200001, and estimated revenue from business rates for 200102 and 200203. This information is based on returns provided by London boroughs and the City to the Department.
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Revenue from business rates between 199192 and 200001 is based on local authorities' outturn net yield figures shown on the national non-domestic rates return (NNDR3). Figures for 200102 and 200203 are based on the local authorities' net rate yield figure shown on the national non-domestic rates return (NNDR3). The net rate yield is the amount of business rates local authorities expect to collect.
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assessment he has made of the impact of increasing the number of council tax band rates; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Whitehead: In the White Paper, "Strong Local LeadershipQuality Public Services" (CM5237), we said that we would legislate to require properties to be revalued for council tax purposes every 10 years, that work on the first revaluation would commence in 2005 and that it would be completed in time for the council tax bills issued in 2007. We said that we would listen to the views of taxpayers and local government about council tax bands and related matters.
Dr. Whitehead: I refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government, gave to the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) on 9 January 2002, Official Report, column 849W.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the average band D council tax level in (a) Greater London and (b) the City of Westminster for each year since 1992. 
Dr. Whitehead: Council tax was introduced in England in April 1993. The table shows the average band D council tax for the Greater London area, and the City of Westminster's own and area band D council tax for each financial year from 199394 to 200102. Council tax figures for 200203 are not yet available.
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(2) The area council tax includes amounts collected for the Metropolitan Police and London Fire and Civil Defence Authority (199394 to 19992000), and the Greater London Authority (from 200001), as well as amounts collected for individual boroughs.
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