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Greater London Assembly (Financial Assistance)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial assistance her Department gave to the Greater London Assembly in 2002; and for what projects. [95853]

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Alun Michael: No financial assistance was given directly to the London Assembly by central Government Departments in 2002–03.

The London Assembly is part of the Greater London Authority (GLA). It is responsible for scrutinising and reviewing the Mayor's exercise of his statutory functions. It has particular power to investigate, and prepare reports on actions and decisions taken by the Mayor or any member of the Greater London Authority. The London Assembly's specific costs are part of the overall GLA budget which is proposed each year by the Mayor is subject to the Assembly's agreement.

The GLA grants from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2002–03 as reported on the RA02 form are as follows:


GLA Grants
Revenue Support Grant659.641
Redistributed Non-Domestic Rate267.654
General GLA Grant27.950

IT Contracts

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list IT

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contracts in her Department and its predecessors above £50 million in each of the last 10 years; what the inception date for each system was; when it became fully functional; when it became fully debugged; and what the cost of over-runs has been. [99008]

Alun Michael: Defra has not let any new IT contracts with a whole-life cost above £50 million since it was established as a new Department in June 2001.

Information covering earlier periods, or for Defra's Executive Agencies and NDPBs, is not readily available and could be constructed retrospectively only at disproportionate cost.

Live Sheep Exports

Mr. Prosser: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live sheep were exported from Dover to continental Europe on 1 February 2003; when and where health certification was carried out in respect of the sheep; how many of the sheep were rejected as unfit for the intended journey, (a) during inspection for health certification purposes and (b) at Dover docks, and to where those sheep were taken, and what the address was of the final destination given on the route plan for each of the consignments. [98520]

Mr. Morley: The information requested is as follows:

Sailing dateTotal animals certifiedWhere consignments were certifiedAnimals rejected at certificationAnimals rejected at Dover docksDestination
1 February1,260England00Germany

The sheep on the above sailing were certified within 48 hours of export and were sent to approved slaughterhouses.

These figures relate to the numbers of sheep certified for export and are subject to revision and change.

Over 30 Months Scheme

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the requirement to remove vertebral column from Over 30 Month cattle upon farmers rearing cattle in the West Country under the Beef Assurance Scheme; and if she will make a statement. [98357]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 24 February 2003]: The requirement that vertebral column be removed in licensed cutting plants has created difficulties for members of the Beef Assurance Scheme. I understand that two cutting plants in Devon and Cornwall which may be able to accommodate cattle reared under the scheme have now been licensed by the Food Standards Agency.

Rural Payments Agency

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 11 February 2003, Official Report, column 647W, if she will list the main items of property that the Rural Payments Agency lost through theft in 2001–02, together with the value of those items. [98129]

Margaret Beckett [holding answer 24 February 2003]: The Rural Payments Agency only came into existence on 16 October 2001. Losses through theft from then until end December 2002 are as follows:

16 October 2001—31 December 2002: Loss of five laptops at £2,000 each and six mobile phones at £50 each, making a total of £10,500.


Laptop Computers

Dr. Cable: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many laptop computers were used by (a) Ministers and special advisers and (b) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many were (i) lost and (ii) stolen; what their cost was; and if he will make a statement. [98702]

Mr. Leslie: The information requested on the use of laptop computers in each year since 1995 is not available centrally or in the form requested, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Since the establishment of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on 29 May 2002 there have been four reported cases of stolen laptop computers, at a total cost of £6,038.

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Cash Incentive Schemes

Ms Oona King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a summary of the responses to the consultation on the removal of the requirement for local authorities to obtain consent to run a cash incentive scheme. [98530]

Mr. McNulty: A total of 26 responses, which were generally strongly supportive of the proposal, were received. A summary of the responses will be placed in the library of the House.


Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what response his Office has made to the Greater London Enterprise Report on Developing New Approaches to the Measurement of Deprivation. [94522]

Mrs. Roche: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received parts of the Greater London Enterprise Report on Developing New Approaches to the Measurement of Deprivation as part of the consultation exercise on updating the Indices of Deprivation 2000. This report is currently being considered as part of the updating process.

Empty Homes

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes his Department had five years ago, by region; if he will establish an empty homes strategy within his Department; and if he will set a target for reduction in empty homes. [92922]

Mr. Leslie: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was formed in May 2002. Therefore, we do not have information on empty homes from five years ago. The Fire Service College, an executive agency of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, currently has one vacant residential property, at the college site in Moreton-in-Marsh, which it envisages will be let shortly. The College's strategy is to ensure that residential property that is not required for staff use is held out for letting on short term tenancies. Its target is to ensure that it has no residential stock vacant for more than three months.


Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the ratio of population to (a) housing units and (b) bedspaces in each county of England in each year since 1997. [97407]

Mr. McNulty: This information is not available annually. Estimates of population per housing unit for 2001 will be possible later this year when figures on numbers of dwellings are published from the Census.

Mr. Wray: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of new homes to be built in the UK will be transferred to the private renting sector; and what proportion will be built on brownfield sites. [98462]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested on the numbers of new homes available for private renting is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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In England, the target for the proportion of new housing on previously-developed land including through conversions of existing buildings is 60 per cent. by 2008. Latest available figures show that the percentage in 2000 was 60 per cent. and in 2001, 61 per cent.

Housing targets for other parts of the United Kingdom are a matter for the devolved Administration concerned.

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

Mr. Battle: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding Leeds city council has received from the neighbourhood renewal fund; when funds were received; what projects have been funded and by how much; and which organisations are responsible for (a) managing and (b) delivering each project. [96968]

Mrs. Roche: Details of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) allocations made to Leeds city council are in the following table.

The purpose of the NRF is to support the improvement of mainstream service delivery in deprived areas, contributing to the achievement of the Government's floor targets in the five neighbourhood renewal themes of education, health, worklessness, crime reduction, and housing and the environment. In partnership with the Local Strategic Partnership, Leeds city council has allocated NRF across these floor target areas as follows:

Allocation 2001–02: £4,197,791

NRF resources spent in 2001–02

Housing and Environment383,160

Proposed spend 2002–03: £7,018,111 (including £721,424 carry over from 2001–02)

NRF resources allocated in 2002–03

Housing and Environment1,307,200

(23) Over commitment to allow for slippage

NRF is paid in fortnightly instalments with the Revenue Support Grant to local authorities. Payments commenced in June 2001.

However, local authorities account for NRF expenditure through NRF Statements of Use, which are submitted to Government Offices annually in October. Leeds city council's NRF Statement of Use for 2002–03 is available on the LSP's (the Leeds Initiative) website.

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Details of NRF supported projects and activities for 2002–03, including those organisations responsible for delivery, are as follows:

Floor TargetProject
Burglary ReductionAnti-Social Behaviour
CASAC Target Hardening
Leeds Watch Local CCTV Initiative
Neighbourhood Wardens
New Neighbourhood Schemes
Youth Diversionary Initiatives
Cross CuttingCommunity Planning—Locality Coordinators
Data Mapping and Improved Information
Environment Call Centre
Leeds Mediation Services
Neighbourhood Renewal Teams
EducationCity Learning Centres
Counselling Scheme
Ethnic Minority Pupil Achievement (devolved)
Ethnic Minority Pupil Achievement (retained)
Getting Started—Nursery Nurses
Integrated Children's Centres
IT Access in Libraries
Leeds Film Festival Children's Workshop
Pupil Retention Grant (devolved)
Pupil Retention Grant (retained)
Study Support National (devolved)
Study Support National (retained)
Teaching Assistant Grant
Teaching Assistant Grant (retained)
Volunteer Reading Help
EmploymentConnexions Programme
Construction and Training Agency (LCATA)
Job Guarantee Programme
Leeds Development Agency
Second Chance School
South Leeds Family Learning Centre
HealthHamaara Healthy Living Centre
Increasing Exercise Opportunities—Mental Health
Space for Sport and Arts
Various Health Schemes
Social HousingBeeston Housing Strategy
Binyard Improvements
Code of Standards Development Project
Dog Fouling Initiatives
Domestic Noise Nuisance Services (out of hours)
Enhanced Street Cleansing Services
Environment Task Force
Extension of abandoned vehicle pilot
Flyposting and anti graffiti strategy
Home Maintenance Project
Leeds House Condition Survey

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LCC—Housing and Environmental Health Services

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