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Local Government Finance

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) specific, (b) special and (c) non-ring-fenced grants that the Government has allocated to local authorities in 2004–05. [207921]

Mr. Raynsford: The following table lists all grants allocated to local authorities in England in 2004–05 within Aggregate External Finance (AEF) in addition to Revenue Support Grant, National Non-Domestic Rates and Police Grant. There are other grants outside AEF but these are not provided for an authority's core services and relate, in the main, to areas of funding which are passed on by local authorities, such as Mandatory Student Awards.
(£ million)
Grants made under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003:
Excellence in Cities260.6No
Choice Protects33.0Yes
Adoption Support and Special Guardianship23.0Yes
Safeguarding Children100.0No
Teenage Pregnancy Local Implementation32.4Yes
Change Fund7.0No
Waste Re-Cycling Challenge90.0Yes
Waste Targeted Grant20.0No
Fire Transitional Funding28.3Yes
Fire Pay Verification0.8Yes
Planning Delivery130.0No
Supporting People Administration48.1No
Rural Bus Subsidy51.0No
Rural Bus Challenge20.0Yes
Urban Bus Challenge16.0Yes
Homelessness Strategies45.4No
Private Finance Initiative415.0No
Neighbourhood Renewal Fund450.0No
LPSA Reward Grant(64)101.0No
Grants made under other specific powers:
Standards Fund1306.8Yes
Sure Start General Grant461.0Yes
Teachers' Pay Reform825.6Yes
Leadership Incentive193.6Yes
Education Action Zones37.4Yes
Transitional Support118.0Yes
School Standards859.1N/A
UASC Leaving Care12.0Yes
Carers Grant125.0No
Training Support53.3No
National Training Strategy31.0No
Preserved Rights458.3No
Treatment Foster Care3.0Yes
Children's Trusts3.2Yes
Regional Development Workers1.0Yes
Human Resources Development Strategy23.9No
Access and Systems Capacity486.0No
Children and Adolescent Mental Health66.0Yes
Young People's Substance Misuse Planning4.5Yes
Mental Health133.0Yes
AIDS Support16.5Yes
Delayed Discharge100.0No
Crime Fighting Fund267.0Yes
Rural Policing Fund26.0No
Neighbourhood Policing Fund12.0Yes
Occupational Health4.7No
Police Negotiating Board48.0Yes
Basic Command Units48.0Yes
London and South East Allowances49.0No
London Travel3.0No
Community Support Officers39.0Yes
Special Constables6.6Yes
Street Crime Initiative25.0Yes
Reform Deal4.7Yes
National Intelligence Model3.7Yes
Counter Terrorism83.0Yes
Airwave Communication Project6.6Yes
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit
Performance Standards Fund70.0No
Civil Defence19.0Yes
Probation Loan Charges3.0Yes
Neighbourhood Wardens19.0Yes
Supporting People1807.0Yes
Magistrates' Courts371.9No
Community Cohesion Pathfinder0.4Yes
GLA General Grant36.3No

(64) LPSA Reward Grant—this is the maximum provision as specified in individual councils LPSAs, and "allocations" will depend on performance. This is the revenue element of the grant, the other £101 million being capital.

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Minerals Planning Guidance No. 3

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the operation of Minerals Planning Guidance Note 3; and if he will make a statement. [210047]

Keith Hill: The Coal Producers Federation (COALPRO) has made representations to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister about Minerals Planning Guidance Note 3 "Coal mining and colliery spoil disposal". It suggested that the test of the circumstances within which it is appropriate to permit opencast coal applications in paragraph 8 of MPG3 has sometimes been misinterpreted and that this has contributed to the significant decrease in new planning permissions for open cast coal extraction in England in recent years. It also considered that policies in some draft Regional Planning Guidance and local planning documents prepared by Minerals Planning Authorities do not
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accord with that national guidance, for example by applying a double test of environmental acceptability and local community benefits whereas these are specified as alternatives in MPG3. On careful reading, the meaning of this paragraph should be clear, and at present there are no plans to review MPG3. However officials in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, together with those in the relevant Government Offices, will continue to examine and comment on regional and local planning documents to help ensure that these conform to national policy on this and other matters dealt with in MPG3.

Mobile Network (Code of Best Practice)

Mr. Spring: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects his Department to complete the study of the effectiveness of the Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development. [210696]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has commissioned the University of Reading and Arup to undertake a study to assess the impact that the Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development has had since its introduction. We expect their work to conclude at the end of March.

New Dimension Programme

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the management structure of the Department's New Dimension programme is; and if he will make a statement. [209718]

Mr. Raynsford: The New Dimension programme is managed in accordance with the Office of Central Government Commerce (OGC) guidelines. As required by OGC for programmes of this size and profile, the Senior Responsible Officer is a Grade 3 Civil Servant and I am the named responsible Minister. The New Dimension programme is part of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Fire Resilience Programme, which is overseen at Director General (Grade 2) level.

New Dimension is part of the Government's overall civil contingencies programme. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently investing £188 million of resources in the fire and rescue service on mass decontamination equipment, urban search and rescue equipment and high volume water pumps. The programme is currently developing on budget, on time and to high quality standards.

Open Cast Coal Mines

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many open cast coal mining planning applications were made in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; how many approvals were granted (a) by local planning authorities and (b) on appeal in each of those years; and what tonnage was approved for extraction in each of those years. [210048]

Keith Hill: Figures for the years 1991–92 to 2000–01 are tabled. Figures for subsequent years are available only with respect to approvals on appeal or call-in and for the calendar year 2003.
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Number of applications madeApprovals
by local planning authorities
Approvals on appeal or call-inTonnage approved for extraction (Thousand)

n/a = Not applicable
1991–92 to 2000–01 figures are derived from "Opencast Coalmining Statistics" (a Planning Officers' Society Publication). Figures for the calendar year 2003 are derived from "Opencast Coal Mining Statistics" produced by the British Geological Survey.

Organic Waste Disposal

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the farming of worms in connection with the business of organic waste disposal is regarded as an agricultural activity for planning purposes; and if he will make a statement. [210357]

Keith Hill: Section 336 (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 defines "agriculture" as including, among a number of specific activities:

In the first instance it is for local planning authorities to determine the status, for planning purposes, of particular developments and activities.

It may ultimately fall to the courts to interpret and decide such matters.

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