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Mr. Laws: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what his latest estimate is of the level of central Government financial support for (a) local government and (b) county councils, per head of population for each English county; and if he will make a statement. 
|£ per head|
The all-England data for local government support include special and specific grants inside "Aggregate External Finance", police grant, Revenue support grant, redistributed non-domestic rates and general Greater London Authority (GLA) grant.
The data for county council support include special and specific grants inside "Aggregate External Finance", Revenue support grant and redistributed non-domestic rates but not police grant or general GLA grant as they are not payable to county councils.
The figures for the county councils will not necessarily be comparable with each other because those which did not undergo a reorganisation between April 1995 and April 1998 will include support for fire expenditure, whereas those which did undergo a reorganisation will exclude such support.
Keith Hill: The Department for Transport is expecting a full appraisal to be submitted by the end of this week. This should comprehensively assess the benefits of the proposal against the Government's key transport criteria of integration, economy, environment, safety and accessibility. Until the submission has been reviewed, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is not able to comment on the robustness of the economic case presented. The timing of any decision will depend on our assessment of the appraisal and the issues that it raises.
Keith Hill: The Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, set out his general approach to planning matters in Planning Policy Guidance Note PPG1: General Policy and Principles.
This policy includes the consideration of commercial factors, and states that a sustainable planning framework should provide for the nation's needs for commercial development, while respecting environmental objectives. It needs to be positive in promoting competitiveness while being protective towards the environment and amenity.
It is important that the locational needs of businesses are taken into account in the preparation of development plans. In defining suitable locations for development, plan policies should take into account:
Mrs. Calton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he was given by (a) the Secretary of State for Health and (b) the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a result of the consultation on the preparation of Planning Policy Statement 23: Planning and Pollution Control. 
Mrs. Calton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the purposes of (a) Planning Policy Statement 23 and (b) its annex on the development of land affected by contamination. 
Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister paid the Priority Estates Project, by way of grants and other payments, the following amounts: £727,857 in 200203 and £1,020,963 in 200304 (both amounts include VAT).
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, (1) what the running costs of each of the existing regional assemblies were in the last year for which figures are available; 
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|Yorkshire and the Humberside||1,655,000|
|English Regions Network||200,000|
|Total Office of the Deputy||14,075,000|
The existing assemblies are voluntary bodies designated to undertake certain functions and no legislation would be necessary should any assembly decide to disband. My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has not had any discussions with officials on the dismantling of assemblies.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average (a) purchase price of and (b) discount applied to a right to buy (i) flat and (ii) house was in each region in England in (A) 1997 and (B) the last year for which figures are available. 
|(a) Selling price (net of discount)||(b) Discount|
|House||Flat||House||Flat (A) 199798|
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