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Mr. Heald: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines have been issued by his Department concerning whether a referendum on (a) whether to adopt a directly elected mayor and (b) a local issue held under the Local Government Act 2003 may be held at the same time as a (i) general election and (ii) local election; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Raynsford: Guidelines on the combination of a referendum on whether to adopt a directly elected mayor with a parliamentary or local election, have been issued in the New Council Constitutions Guidance, chapter 13. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has issued no such guidance in respect of holding a local referendum.
The Government plans to make it easier for all social tenants, including housing association tenants, to buy a home through a new offerthe Choice to own. Details
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are set out in Sustainable Communities Homes for all"the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Five Year Planpublished on 24 January.
The proposals include a new Homebuy scheme to help housing association and local authority tenants to buy a stake in their homes that can be increased over time. We will encourage social landlords to offer the scheme, which will be voluntary, as widely as possible. We plan to consult on further details by Easter and have the scheme running by April 2006.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 765W, on South East England Development Agency, if he will break down the £3,421,562 budget for the development of the Ropetackle site in Shoreham-by-Sea by category referred to; on what criteria the decision to provide a community and arts facility was made; what the evidential basis is for his statement that the section 106 agreement provided for a community and arts facility only completed to shell finish; and whether this was altered by subsequent agreements concerning the eventual square footage of the facility. 
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On what criteria was the decision to provide a community and arts facility made? The facility was required under Deed of Agreement (Pursuant to Section 106 Town and Country Planning Act 1990) dated 10 December 2002 in accordance with Adur district council's planning brief for the site.
What the evidential basis is for his statement that the section 106 agreement provided for a community and arts facility only completed to shell finish: The definition of the 'Community Facility' states 'completed to shell finish'page 6 of the Deed of Agreement (Pursuant to Section 106 Town and Country Planning Act 1990) dated 10 December 2002.
Was this altered by subsequent agreements concerning the eventual square footage of the facility? Discussions are ongoing to establish a subsequent agreement between SEEDA and Adur district council. This agreement will allow for part of the Community Facilities to be incorporated into a development for an Enterprise Centre, which will provide premises for new and growing businesses in Shoreham. In return SEEDA will contribute towards the fitting-out of the remaining Community Facilities.
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he and the Minister of State for Local and Regional
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Government will meet a delegation from Southend-on-Sea borough council to discuss the 200506 financial settlement. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister made clear, in the letter dated 2 December to local authorities on the provisional local government finance settlement 200506, that Ministers would not meet individual authorities this year during consultation on the Government's proposals. This follows the practice in recent years when no significant changes to the formula have been made. I have also subsequently made this clear in correspondence with Southend-on-Sea borough council. However, I can confirm that we carefully considered all written representations received during the consultation period, including those made by, or on behalf of, Southend-on-Sea.
I met with major groups representing local authorities including the Local Government Association and a group representing the interests of unitary authorities during the consultation process. Southend-on-Sea was represented in that delegation.
Mr. Raynsford: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received three letters from Howard Briggs, leader of Southend-on-Sea borough council. Ministers have replied to the first two letters and will reply to the third in due course. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has also received a letter on behalf of the council from the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (Sir Teddy Taylor) dated 6 January, to which a reply has also been sent.
Following machinery of Government changes in May 2002, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has continued to operate a Welsh language scheme on this basis. An updated version will be published later this year.
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Mr. Fisher: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related violent offences have been reported in Stoke on Trent in each year since 1997; and how many have led to (a) prosecution and (b) conviction. 
Ms Blears: From the information collected on recorded crime and court proceedings, it is not possible to identify those violent offences which are alcohol-related. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and details of the individual circumstances of offences do not feature in either data series.
Ms Blears: Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) are one of a number of tools being used in Gloucestershire as part of their local strategy to tackle antisocial behaviour. Local practitioners have taken a robust stance against antisocial behaviour and report that ASBOs have been effectively used alongside other interventions such as mediation and referral to treatment drug and alcohol programmes.
Local people should be encouraged to support agencies by identifying and reporting ASBO breaches. The Together Academy, Action Line and website are able to advise local agencies on how to work together to ensure the effective use of ASBOs.
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for extensions to existing antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) granted and (b) refused in Gloucestershire. 
Ms Blears: For antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued within Gloucestershire, up to 30 June 2004 (latest available), the Home Office has not been notified of any applications that have resulted in extending the duration of an existing order.
Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been breached in Gloucestershire; and what action has been taken against those breaching the orders. 
Ms Blears: Data on the number of breaches of an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO), taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database, are currently available for the period 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2002. Persons breaching on more than one occasion during the period are counted once only based on the breach incurring the severest penalty.
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