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Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Basingstoke on 4 July on the future of the full-time police reserve in Northern Ireland, ref 68440. 
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set out in "Formula Grant Distribution: A Consultation Paper" to take account of the comprehensive spending review decisions. 
Mr. Leslie: We are not intending to revise the exemplifications set out in the consultation paper, because using the spending review figures would introduce a new source of variation between the figures 200203 and those produced by the options we have set out. This variation would obscure the consultation's focus on options for the new system.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the proposed percentage rates are of the floors and ceilings in relation to the transition to the new local government funding methodology set out in "Formula Grant Distribution: A Consultation Paper"; 
Mr. Leslie: We will take decisions on the movement between the old and new grant distribution systems, including the duration of the transition and the levels of floors and ceilings, ahead of the 200304 provisional local government finance settlement. As in previous years, we will announce those decisions around the end of November as part of the provisional settlement process.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate for each London borough the effects of each of the options set out in Chapter 9 of "Formula Grant Distribution: A Consultation Paper". 
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out illustrative grant charges for Wokingham DC and West Berkshire DC for the current year on the assumption that each of his possible changes to grant distribution was taking effect this year. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each area-based initiative for which his Department is responsible the amount originally budgeted for in (a) 200001 and (b) 200102, stating in each year what funds budgeted for were not spent and if they were carried forward. 
|Area-based Initiative||200001||Carried paforward||200102||Carried forward|
|Community empowerment fund||0||0||12||7|
|European regional development fund||239||4(33)||204||89|
|Neighbourhood renewal fund||0||0||200||n/a|
|New deal for communities(34)||166||129||240||160|
|Single regeneration budget||794||69||872||n/a|
|Urban regeneration companies(35)|||||||||
(33) ERDF funding carried over into the next FY can be called upon at any time during the programming round (200006).
(34) The partnerships wrote their delivery plans after the provision had been made and planned to spend £49 million in 200001 and £129 million in 200102.
(35) URCs do not receive any central Government funding. Running costs are met by the main partners themselvesthe local authority, the Regional Development Agency, English Partnerships (in some cases), the private sector and other key partners.
All figures rounded to nearest million.
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Mr. Steen: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual cost is of the Improvement and Development Agency to public funds; how many staff have been employed there in each of the last four years; and what evaluation has taken place as to its effectiveness. 
Under the Memorandum of Understanding with the ODPM the Local Government Association is required to assess the IDeA's effectiveness at intervals of no more than five years. The first review is due within the next 18 months.
The IDeA from time to time receives additional financial support to implement particular projects. For example, with support from the capital modernisation fund it has undertaken work on the preliminary stages of a platform for a national electronic electoral register. In line with other Government-funded IT projects this has been subjected to a Gateway Review process, designed to review the arrangements for leading and managing the project.
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Mr. McNulty: The 251 local authorities in England with council housing are in the following list. A few of the 103 authorities which have carried out whole stock transfers continue to own a small number of dwellings.
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Barking and Dagenham
Brighton and Hove
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City of London
Crewe and Nantwich
East Riding of Yorkshire
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Forest of Dean
Hammersmith and Fulham
Hinckley and Bosworth
Isles of Scilly
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Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
Kingston upon Hull
Kingston upon Thames
Newark and Sherwood
North East Derbyshire
North East Lincolnshire
North West Leicestershire
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Oadby and Wigston
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Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Stroud Sutton Swindon
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