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Keith Hill: English Partnerships, Groundwork, the Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency have jointly submitted to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister proposals for the establishment of a Land Restoration Trust. The purpose of the Trust would be to facilitate the remediation and management of brownfield sites that are not suitable for development, turning them into valuable new public open space and ensuring sustainable long-term management. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently discussing the detail of the plan with the partners and with other Government Departments. Hopefully it will be possible to conclude these discussions shortly.
Phil Hope: The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has carried out research for the Buildings Division of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on protecting buildings from landfill gas. Buildings Division has also funded BRE to support widescale monitoring of research and guidance relating to contaminated land and to support the revision of British Standards relating to the waste management in buildings.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what grants that fall outside the revenue support grant were awarded to local authorities in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley by his Department in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Raynsford: A table made available in the Library of the House shows the grants within aggregate external finance distributed to local authorities in Lancashire in each of the last three years, except for general grant support (Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates). For 200304, this information is taken from the information supplied by the local authorities to the Office on the Revenue Account (Special Grant) form, which gives details of their budgeted revenue grants. For the earlier years, this information is taken
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from the information supplied by councils on the Revenue Outturn (Income from Specific and Special Grants) form.
Mr. Raynsford: The following table shows the grants within aggregate external finance distributed to authorities in Dorset in 200304, except for general grant support (Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates). This information is taken in the main from the information supplied by the local authorities to the Office on the Revenue Account (Special Grant) form for 200304, which gives details of their budgeted revenue grants, although it also takes account of additional information supplied by the Department for Works and Pensions.
|Grant||Issuing Depart-ment||Dorset||Dorset Police||Bourne-mouth||Poole||Christ-church||East Dorset||North Dorset||Purbeck||West Dorset||Weymouth and Portland|
|National Parks and Broads||DEFRA||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Waste Re-Cycling Challenge||DEFRA||0||0||0||0||196||0||0||70||0||0|
|Excellence in Cities||DfES||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Teachers' Pay Reform||DfES||4,876||0||2,081||1,508||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|GLA Transport Grant||DfT||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services||DfT||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Rural Bus Challenge||DfT||130||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Rural Bus Subsidy||DfT||865||0||0||11||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Urban Bus Challenge||DfT||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Access and Systems Capacity||DoH||1,346||0||650||457||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services||DoH||292||0||141||95||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|National Training Strategy||DoH||0||0||34||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Teenage Pregnancy Local Implementation||DoH||63||0||0||23||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Council Tax Benefit Administration||DWP||0||0||416||275||98||124||97||84||178||141|
|Housing Benefit Administration||DWP||0||0||712||331||126||153||142||97||211||253|
|HB and CTB administration due to New Tax Credits||DWP||0||0||36||19||7||9||8||6||14||12|
|HB and CTB administration due to Pension Credits||DWP||0||0||89||62||27||31||25||21||45||29|
|HB and CTB administration due to New Tax Credits Special Subsidy Provision||DWP||0||0||10||5||2||2||2||2||4||3|
|HB and CTB administration due to Pension Credit set-up||DWP||0||0||15||9||5||6||5||5||8||7|
|Airwaves Communication Project||HO||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Basic Command Units Challenge Fund||HO||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Community Support Officers||HO||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Crime Fighting Fund||HO||0||2,298||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|London and South East Allowance||HO||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Police Negotiating Board||HO||0||430||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Rural Policing Fund||HO||0||442||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Street Crime Initiative||HO||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Local Public Service Agreement Performance Reward||ODPM||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Neighbourhood Renewal Fund||ODPM||0||0||400||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|The Private Finance Initiative||ODPM||1,893||2,915||1,761||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Supporting People (Administration)||ODPM||349||0||120||177||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Supporting People (Programme)||ODPM||7,475||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to set up a separate formula spending settlement for waste; and what discussions he has had on this issue with the Local Government Association. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Government have no plans to set up a separate formula spending share for waste. In the course of the review of formula grant distribution, which led to the new formulae introduced for 200304, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister examined possible options in consultation with local government. Analyses undertaken demonstrated a very poor fit between expenditure levels on waste and any combination of plausible indicators.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with local authorities in (a) the North East, (b) the North West and (c) Yorkshire and Humber about how the costs of local government reorganisation will be funded. 
Mr. Raynsford: None, but as previously explained in the answer given on 23 February 2004, Official Report, column 32W, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be discussing the cost of reorganisation with local government in due course. A working group has been established to look at costs and the wider practical implications of reorganisation. Its first meeting will take place on 9 March. The Local Government Association is part of the group.
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John Cryer: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement about his powers to overturn decisions by the Planning Inspectorate to grant permission for mobile phone telephone masts. 
Keith Hill: Planning Inspectors act in a quasi-judicial role, under delegated powers, for my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister. Once the Inspector issues a decision letter on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, that is his decision. If a party to the matter is dissatisfied, their recourse is through an appeal to the Court.
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