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Parish Councils

Bob Spink: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out the powers and responsibilities of parish councils. [180513]

Mr. Raynsford: Pursuant to my answer of 29 June 2004, Official Report, column 228W, in the following table are revised lists of parish council's main statutory functions.
Powers and duties of parish councils

FunctionPowers and dutiesStatutory provisions
Access landPower to enforce bye-laws made by another authorityCountryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, s. 17
AllotmentsDuty to provide allotments. Power to improve and adapt land for allotments, and to let grazing rightsSmall Holdings and Allotments Act 1908, ss. 23, 26 and 42
Baths and washhousesPowers relating to provision of public baths, washhouses and bathing hutsPublic Health Act 1936, ss. 221–223 and 225–227
Burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoriaPower to acquire and maintain Power to provide Power to agree to maintain monuments and memorials Power to contribute towards expenses of cemeteriesOpen Spaces Act 1906, Ss 9 and 10; Local Government Act 1972, s. 214; Parish Councils and Burial Authorities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970, s. 1 Local Government Act 1972, s. 214(6)
Bus sheltersPower to provide and maintain sheltersLocal Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1953, s. 4
Bye-lawsPower to make bye-laws in regard to pleasure grounds Cycle parks Baths and washhouses Open spaces and burial grounds Mortuaries and post-mortem rooms Public ConveniencesPublic Health Act 1875, s. 164 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s. 57(7) Public Health Act 1936, s. 223 Open Spaces Act 1906, ss. 15 and 12 Public Health Act 1936, s. 198 Public Health Act 1936, s. 87
ClocksPower to provide public clocksParish Councils Act 1957, s. 2
Closed churchyardsPowers as to maintenanceLocal Government Act 1972, s. 215
CommonsPower for parish council to contribute to expense relating to scheme for the regulation and management of a commonCommons Act 1899, s. 5
Common pasturesPowers in relation to providing common pastureSmallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, s. 34
Conference facilitiesPower to provide and encourage the use of facilitiesLocal Government Act 1972, s. 144
Community centresPower to provide and equip buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or recreational objectivesLocal Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 s. 19
Crime preventionPowers to install and maintain equipment and establish and maintain a scheme for detection or prevention of crimeLocal Government and Rating Act 1997, s. 31
DrainagePower to deal with ponds and ditchesPublic Health Act 1936, s. 260
Entertainment and the ArtsProvision of entertainment and support of the artsLocal Government Act 1972, s. 145
Financial assistanceDuty to require informationLocal Government Act 1872, s. 137A
General powersPower to incur expenditure for certain purposesLocal Government Act 1972, s. 137
GiftsPower to acceptLocal Government Act 1972, s. 139
HighwaysPower to maintain footpaths and bridle-ways Power to light roads and public places Provision of litter bins Powers to provide parking places for bicycles and motor-cycles, and other vehicles Power to enter into agreement as to dedication and widening Power to provide roadside seats and shelters Consent of parish council required for ending maintenance of highway at public expense, or for stopping up or diversion of highway Power to complain to highway authority as to unlawful stopping up or obstruction of highway or unlawful encroachment on roadside wastes Power to provide traffic signs and other objects or devices warning of danger Power to plant trees and lay out grass verges etc. and to maintain themHighways Act 1980, ss. 43, 50 Parish Councils Act 1957, s. 3; Highways Act 1980, s. 301 Litter Act 1983, ss. 5,6 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, ss. 57, 63 Highways Act 1980, ss. 30, 72 Parish Councils Act 1957, s. 1 Highways Act 1980, ss. 47, 116 Highways Act 1980, s. 130 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s. 72 Highways Act 1980, s. 96
InvestmentsPower to participate in schemes of collective investmentTrustee Investments Act 1961, s. 11
LandPower to acquire by agreement, to appropriate, to dispose of Power to accept gifts of landLocal Government Act 1972, ss. 124, 126, 127 Local Government Act 1972, s. 139
LitterProvision of receptaclesLitter Act 1983, ss. 5,6
LotteriesPowers to promoteLotteries and Amusements Act 1976, s. 7
Mortuaries and post mortem roomsPowers to provide mortuaries and post mortem roomsPublic Health Act 1936, s. 198
Open spacesPower to acquire land and maintainPublic Health Act 1875, s. 164 Open Spaces Act 1906, ss. 9 and 10
Parish documentsPowers to direct as to their custodyLocal Government Act 1972, s. 226
Public buildings and village hallPower to provide buildings for public meetings and assembliesLocal Government Act 1972, s. 133
Public conveniencesPowers relating to provision of public conveniencesPublic Health Act 1936, s. 87
RecreationPower to acquire land for or to provide public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them. Power to provide gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps Provision of boating pools(see Local Government Act 1972, Sched. 14 para. 27) Public Health Act 1875, s. 164 Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1890 s. 44 Open Spaces Act 1906, ss. 9 and 10 Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, s. 19 Public Health Act 1961, s. 54
Town and country planningRight to be notified of planning applicationsTown and Country Planning Act 1990, Sched. 1, para. 8
TourismPower to encourage visitors and provide conference and other facilitiesLocal Government Act 1972, s. 144
Traffic calmingPowers to contribute financially to traffic calming schemesHighways Act 1980, s.274A
TransportPowers in relation to car-sharing schemes, taxi fare concessions and information about transport Powers to make grants for bus servicesLocal Government and Rating Act 1997, s. 26, 28 and 29 Transport Act 1985, s. 106A
War memorialsPower to maintain, repair, protect and alter war memorialsWar Memorials (Local Authorities' Powers) Act 1923, s.1; as extended by Local Government Act 1948, s. 133
Water SupplyPower to utilise well, spring or stream and to provide facilities for obtaining water from themPublic Health Act 1936, s. 125

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Policies (Environmental Impacts)

Mr. Horam: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new policy proposals or significant changes in policy were produced in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; how many of these were screened for their environmental impacts; and how many were the subject of separate environmental appraisals. [185096]

Keith Hill: The number of consultations on new policy proposals were:

All policy proposals are accompanied by a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) where applicable, and this assessment includes consideration of environmental impacts. From April 2004 the importance of the assessment of environmental impacts has been more strongly emphasised within the RIA process.


Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the equivalent monetary cost of theft has been to (a) his Department in each year since it was established, (b) the executive agencies affiliated to his Department in each year since his Department was established and (c) the Government Offices of the Regions in each year since 1997. [185781]

Phil Hope: Losses due to theft in each financial year since the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created are as follows:

Office of the Deputy Prime MinisterExecutive agenciesRegional Coordination Units/Government Office

Assets have been valued at cost, net book value or replacement cost depending on the circumstances of the individual case. Recoveries from perpetrators have been netted off. Some incidents are still under investigation and final values may change.


Address Preference Service

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) residential and (b) commercial addresses have been registered under
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the address preference service in each year since it has been operational. [186241]

Mr. Timms: The address preference service is the operational concern of Royal Mail Group and I have therefore asked the Chief Executive to reply direct to the hon. Member.

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