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Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what central Government assistance is available to Shrewsbury and Atcham borough council to provide the number of affordable homes they have been set. 
The main funding for affordable housing is provided through the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme. Decisions on the allocation of these funds are taken in the light of
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priorities set out in Regional Housing Strategies, reflecting provision for new housing in the planning system, and the quality and value for money in bids received from housing associations and other bodies. Around £1.2 million in total has been allocated for the two years 200405 and 200506.
There are other funding streams, e.g. the private finance initiative, the new first-time buyer initiative, which, directly or indirectly, support the provision of additional affordable housing. It is also open to local authorities to put funds into this where it is a local priority.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many surveys have been sent out to residents in (a) England, (b) Adur and (c) Worthing on behalf of his Department by BMG Research entitled, Your views on your local council"; and who pays for the surveys. 
Mr. Woolas: BMG have sent 8,000 questionnaires to individuals across England as part of a national survey of public satisfaction with local government and its services they are undertaking for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. As part of this sample, 10 questionnaires were mailed to individuals in Adur and 22 to individuals in Worthing.
Mr. Woolas: BMG will be paid £36,000 plus VAT by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the national survey of public satisfaction with local government and its services. This survey is currently in the field.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish figures for the average business rates bill in each Government Office region in each year since 199798, including the estimated average figures for 200506. 
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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1)what the estimated average business rates bill was in each billing authority in England in 200405; and what the estimated level is for 200506; 
Yvette Cooper: Planning policy guidance note (PPG) 13 states that proposals for waterside development should seek to enhance the use, enjoyment and setting of the adjacent waterway. Local authorities should work with all those concerned in the inland waterways industry to develop the potential of inland waterways. In liaison with British Waterways or other navigation authorities, the Environment Agency in its regulatory capacity, the Inland Waterways Association and local waterway organisations, local authorities should identify and where appropriate protect disused waterways where there is a reasonable degree of certainty of a restoration project proceeding within the plan period.
Yvette Cooper: In January 2002, a consultation paper was issued on possible options for change to the planning regulations over temporary uses, including car boot sales. The paper sought views from all interested parties. The overwhelming consensus in response to the consultation paper was to retain the existing provisions. In consequence, we announced on 21 August 2002 that there would be no change to the temporary use planning provisions.
Mr. Woolas: The Local Government and Housing Act 1989 provides that each principal local authority must designate one of its officers as a Head of Paid Service, who undertakes the overall management of the authority.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will meet the Chief Executive of Staffordshire county council to discuss (a) the route of the Lichfield southern bypass, (b) the construction of associated housing by Persimmon Homes and (c) the impact on the route of the restored Lichfield canal. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the average council tax per dwelling figures compiled by his Department are a mean or median measure; and for what reason the measure is used. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) caravans, (b) stand-alone private garages, (c) armed forces barracks, (d) hostels and (e) properties occupied by squatters, are liable for council tax. 
(a) Caravans are not in themselves subject to council tax, but liability for council tax may arise in respect of the land (pitch) on which the caravan stands. A pitch occupied by a caravan which is somebody's sole or main residence is deemed to be a dwelling" for council tax purposes and will therefore attract a council tax liability in the same way as other domestic types of property.
(c) Living accommodation for UK armed forces which is owned by the Ministry of Defence is exempt from council tax. Contributions in lieu of council tax are payable to billing authorities by the Ministry of Defence to broadly match the amount of council tax which would otherwise have been payable. Service personnel make a contribution to this cost from their wages.
Liability for council tax normally falls to the residents of a dwelling. However, where accommodation is provided to asylum seekers under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, then liability falls to the owner.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many, and what proportion of appeals to (a) the valuation tribunal and (b) the High Court, against a council tax valuation, were successful in the last year for which figures are available. 
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