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Regional Planning

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what rules govern whether a unitary council's area can be treated as a sub-region for the purpose of regional planning arrangements. [187716]

Keith Hill: There is no rule. It is up to each RPB (Regional Planning Body) to decide how best to take sub-regional matters forward and to define the sub-regions in the draft RSS (Regional Spatial Strategies) revision. What might be an effective sub-regional approach in one region may not necessarily suit the circumstances and geography of another.

The definition of need for a sub-regional approach should be based on an assessment of the functional relationship between settlements, such as journey-to-work patterns, or land uses within the area affected by the same strategic planning issue or issues which may well differ from administrative boundaries. This could include consideration, for example, of how the strategic planning system can assist not only in creating and sustaining the economic competitiveness of a city or a cluster of towns but in spreading the benefits of a prosperous city to the wider region (the concept of a 'city-region').

The sub-regional definition should be based on a clearly recognisable 'strategic policy deficit' which cannot be adequately addressed by general RSS policies or by LDDs (Local Development Documents) on their own. In some parts of a region, LDDs may be capable of being prepared within the context of the generic policies of a RSS. In some cases this may need to be on a joint LDD basis and the RPB may need to encourage the relevant LPAs (Local Planning Authorities) to produce a joint LDD in order that the RSS can be effectively implemented. However, in many cases there will be sub-regional strategies issues which cannot be tackled through a joint plan or where the LDDs require a more detailed strategic policy context which cannot be provided by generic policies in a RSS. Therefore, it will be common to have sub-regional policies as part of the RSS revision.
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Where the RPB decides that it is appropriate to have RSS policies which are specific to a particular part or parts of the region, section 5(5) of the Act requires a section 4 (4) authority or authorities to be first to make detailed proposals, unless it is agreed that the RPB itself or a district council should do so instead. Providing these section 4(4) authorities agree, there is no reason why an RPB should not continue to take the lead, as it has in the past, in preparing detailed proposals on a partnership basis with these authorities and others.

Planning Policy Statement 11: Regional Spatial Strategies (PPS11) will be published on 7 September 2004. Until now it was only available as a draft.

Suffolk Fire Authority

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighters were employed by the Suffolk Fire Authority (a) in 2004–05 and (b) in each of the last 10 years. [187208]

Mr. Raynsford: The information requested is set out as follows:
Number of firefighters employed by Suffolk


(80) Data refer to workforce as at 31 March for each year except 1995, where data refer to 1 January.

Supporting People Programme

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to commission research into the effects on vulnerable people of changes in funding for the Supporting People programme. [187523]

Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister undertakes extensive monitoring and research to assess the success of the Supporting People programme. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will continue to monitor progress to ensure the programme protects vulnerable people in a cost effective and efficient manner.


Army Recruitment

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks have been recruited into each infantry battalion in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many are planned to be recruited in each of the next five years. [187342]

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Mr. Ingram: The following tables show the number of officers and other ranks that were recruited into infantry battalions since financial year 2000–01. Statistics prior to this period are not available.
Table 1: Officers commissioned into the Infantry since financial year 2000–01 by regiment

Financial year
Grenadier Guards9727
Coldstream Guards62612
Scots Guards41037
Irish Guards8433
Welsh Guards2633
Royal Scots,7327
Royal Highland Fusiliers3644
King's Own Scottish Borderers4424
Black Watch7756
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders5576
Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment661012
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers1214108
Royal Anglian Regiment118910
King's Own Border Regiment4466
King's Regiment2334
Prince of Wales's Own Regiment4443
Green Howards12105
Queen's Lancashire Regiment1344
Duke of Wellington's Regiment6452
Devonshire and Dorset Regiment6463
Cheshire Regiment2191
Royal Welsh Fusiliers6165
Royal Regiment of Wales3141
Royal Gloucestershire. Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment1684
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment6655
Staffordshire Regiment6337
Light Infantry8103010
Royal Green Jackets12111210
Royal Irish Regiment8148
Parachute Regiment12161914
Royal Gurkha Rifles81046

Table 2: Trained soldiers passing out from Infantry training centre Catterick to the Infantry since financial year 2000–01 by regiment

Financial year
Grenadier Guards11910878137
Coldstream Guards875051119
Scots Guards91785083
Irish Guards72876299
Welsh Guards111645787
Royal Scots56597956
Royal Highland Fusiliers55529785
King's Own Scottish Borderers70664760
Black Watch78586688
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders55578572
Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment218214224133
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers95122135198
Royal Anglian Regiment139127141188
King's Own Border Regiment83694655
King's Regiment851009874
Prince of Wales's Own Regiment648176104
Green Howards56626472
Queen's Lancashire Regiment9278117104
Duke of Wellington's Regiment94939171
Devonshire and Dorset Regiment77715278
Cheshire Regiment64745672
Royal Welch Fusiliers941028791
Royal Regiment of Wales851046856
Royal Gloucestershire. Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment758254102
Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment69728860
Staffordshire Regiment809691120
Light Infantry136149146170
Royal Green Jackets12111210
Royal Irish Regiment75836270
Parachute Regiment379240246190

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The following tables show the latest figures for the number of trained officers and soldiers expected to join infantry over the next five years. At this stage it is not possible to quantify the numbers by individual battalion.

The figures for financial years 2005–06 to 2008–09 take into account my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's (Mr. Hoon) announcement to the House on 21 July 2004, Official Report, columns 343–70.
Table 3: Officers

Financial year
Method of
Direct entry165165165165165
Late entry3128282828

Direct entry relates to those who enter the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst direct from education or civilian life. Late entry refers to those who apply for a commission through the ranks.

Table 4: Soldiers

Financial year
Foot Guards368405418430430
Parachute Regiment230225221234234

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