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|Amount by which increase in precepts exceeds grants to the nearest whole £ million|
|199899 to 19992000||-103|
|19992000 to 200001||-75|
|200001 to 200102||-127|
|200102 to 200203||109|
|200203 to 200304||129|
This table includes all police authorities except the Metropolitan Police and the City of London. In each year, grants have been compared with previous years' grants on a like-for-like basis, taking into account adjustments for changes in function and funding.
The data for the years 199899 to 200203 are outturn data taken from the RS forms. The data for 200304 are budget data taken from the RA forms as outturn data are not yet available. These forms are completed each year by individual local authorities.
The grants included are Police Grant, redistributed business rates and Revenue Support Grant. Amounts received under the SSA Reduction Grant (Police Funding Review), and Central Support Protection Grant have also been included, where appropriate. In addition to the grants included in the table, police authorities also received a number of special and specific grants.
Mr. Curry: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many copies of the information leaflet Elected Regional Assembly: "Your Say" have been (a) printed and (b) distributed in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber, (ii) the North West and (iii) the North East. 
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Mr. Raynsford: The information campaign is designed to inform members of the public about elected regional assemblies and referendums. The costs of the launch are estimated at £25,000. These costs included accommodation, venue hire, refreshments and transport.
Material produced for the launch of the campaign, such as exhibition stands and leaflets will continue to be used throughout the information campaign in the three northern regions. The estimated total cost for the "information campaign" for this financial year are expected to be £500,000.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities he is assessing for (a) the introduction of relationship managers and (b) transferring the control of their services to other councils; and what criteria he has used in making these assessments. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has appointed lead officials to work with the 13 education and social services authorities rated "poor" under the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) carried out by the Audit Commission in 2002; also with two authorities which were rated "weak" in 2002 but with poor corporate capacity to improve; and at present with one district council rated as "poor" in October 2003. These authorities are: Bedfordshire, Coventry, Hackney, Islington, Kingston-upon-Hull, Lambeth, North East Lincolnshire, North Tyneside, Oldham, Plymouth, Swindon, Torbay, Torridge, Wakefield, Walsall and Waltham Forest.
In addition, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has been working on a voluntary basis prior to CPA assessment with Chester-le-Street, Erewash and Rossendale district councils. Discussions are currently also under way with a number of authorities who were rated "weak" in 2002 with a view to working on a voluntary basis with them.
It is for the councils themselves to identify the key steps needed to achieve recovery through improvement. The role of lead officials is to monitor their rate of progress, and to provide advice to Ministers on whether that rate of progress is acceptable. Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1999, the Government do have power to intervene in authorities which fail to comply with their duty of best value.
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Keith Hill: The current guidelines are set out in Planning Policy Guidance note 22: Renewable Energy (PPG22). Paragraphs 27 to 29 of the PPG set out the guidelines for assessing development proposals relating to all renewable energy projects in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. A draft revised Planning Policy Statement 22, which will replace the existing PPG22, was issued for three months consultation on 5 November.
(36) Seasonally adjusted
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|Government office region of residence||Percentage|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||3.0|
(37) Percentage, no seasonally adjusted.
Labour Force Survey
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