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11. Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans he has to review the guidance to local authorities on developing the expansion of social housing through planning gain. 
Ms Keeble: We have consulted on proposals to replace the present system of negotiated planning obligations with an approach based upon the application of a more transparent tariff-based approach applicable to commercial as well as residential developments.
12. Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what representations he has received regarding the time scale for the electrification of the Wealden line. 
Mr. Spellar: We have received correspondence from Members of Parliament and others about the "Wealden" line between Lewes and Tunbridge Wells. In addition I have met the Wealden Line Group, who made a useful presentation.
Partly, representations have been in relation to possible electrification of the line between Uckfield and Eridge, but mainly in relation to possible reinstatement of the lines between Lewes and Uckfield and between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells.
14. Mr. Rammell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on his plans for changes to the level of local authority housing investment. 
Ms Keeble: The level of Government support for local authority housing investment is being considered as part of the spending review. Since 199798 this Government has increased support for local authority housing investment by more than two and a half times. The spending review is considering what further increases should be made.
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15. Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what guarantees he is providing for loan finance raised by Network Rail; and what discussions he has had with the European Commission about support for the company. 
16. David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what good practice his Department has recently recognised in respect of councils promoting better physical access and mobility within their areas. 
Ms Keeble: Earlier this month we announced that Telford and Wrekin Council, Nottingham County Council, and the London borough of Lewisham had been awarded beacon status for their good practice on access and mobility. Aided by increased local transport plan funding, and the sharing of good practices, authorities can help to make our society more inclusive by improving access to work, healthcare, education, and other key services and facilities.
17. Mr. David: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the extent to which local authorities are meeting their obligations under the Road Traffic Reduction Acts 1997 and 1998. 
Ms Keeble: It is only the 1997 Act that places an obligation on local authorities. Local authorities in England (outside London) submitted road traffic reduction reports as part of their full local transport plans in July 2000. Copies of these reports have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. In the Government's view the majority of the reports met local authorities' obligations under the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997 in full.
Dr. Whitehead: We are currently working with local government to develop options for the new grant distribution system. As we recently announced in the local government White Paper implementation plan, we will consult over the summer. We will then implement our decisions in time for the 200304 local government finance settlement.
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19. Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what funding his Department has provided to implement the recommendations of the Midman multi-modal study. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what the estimated tax revenues are that would be generated if the road charging proposals in the DTLR Multi-Modal Study Infrastructure charging seminar summary papers were introduced; 
(3) what factors underlay the decision to publish the Multi-Modal Study Infrastructure charging seminar summary papers on 9 April; 
(4) if he will deposit in the Library the complete versions of the DTLR Multi-Modal Study Infrastructure charging seminar papers. 
Mr. Byers [holding answer 15 April 2002]: The papers are already available on the Department's website. However, I have arranged for them to be placed in the Libraries of the House. The papers do not reflect Government policy.
The papers were produced for an internal seminar. Although under no obligation to publish publicly a request for the papers was received from Transport 2000. It was agreed to provide them with the papers and to make them more widely available by posting them on the Department's website.
The website team were to post the documents in the week commencing 8 April. They tried to post the documents on Monday 8 April but were prevented by technical difficulties faced by our external contractors.
Further technical problems faced by the Internet Service Provider meant a delay of approximately two hours between website staff processing the documents for posting at 10.30 on 9 April and when they actually appeared on the website.
20. Mr. Tredinnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what estimate he has made of the average percentage increase in band D council tax this year across England. 
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Mr. Jamieson: Following a public consultation the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions announced on 4 April 2002 that we intend to introduce a road user charging scheme at the Dartford Crossing using powers in the Transport Act 2000 when the powers to toll expire. It is expected that the charging scheme will commence on 1 April 2003.
Dr. Whitehead: The recently published Local Government White Paper, "Strong Local Leadership, Quality Public Services", sets out the future of local government in England. The forthcoming Regional Governance White Paper will set out our proposals for elected regional assemblies for England, including the implications for local government.
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