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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints to the Local Government Standards Board against a councillor in each of the last three years were made (a) by a member of the public, (b) by another councillor, (c) by a councillor from the same political party, (d) by a councillor from another political party, (e) by an officer of a council, (f) by the chief executive of the council and (g) by the monitoring officer of the council, where the monitoring officer is not the chief executive; how many were (i) upheld, (ii) dismissed and (iii) resulted in no penalty being imposed in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
|Members of the public|
|Not referred for investigation||862||1,219||1,955|
|Referred for investigation||329||461||404|
|Not referred for investigation||703||841||875|
|Referred for investigation||574||475||391|
|Not referred for investigation||58||9||5|
|Referred for investigation||218||36||22|
|Other local authority officers|
|Not referred for investigation||40||54||82|
|Referred for investigation||83||30||64|
The Standards Board does not record information regarding the political affiliation of councillors who have submitted allegations. Its records do not distinguish between allegations submitted by chief executives and other local authority officers or whether there are cases where monitoring officers are also chief executives.
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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hours of Standards Board officers' time were spent on the case of Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, broken down by grade of officer; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: Outdoor advertisements, such as these, are controlled by local planning authorities under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 and require the express consent of the local planning authority before they can be displayed lawfully.
It is for the relevant local planning authority to determine whether a particular advertisement should be permitted and the most appropriate course of action to take when an advertisement is displayed in contravention of the regulations.
Yvette Cooper: In September last year the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister commissioned the University of Reading and Arup to undertake an independent study to assess the impact that the code of best practice on mobile phone network development has had since its introduction. The report will be published in due course. On 4 April I announced the Government will be commissioning further research to identify the future direction of mobile phone technology and the future need for mast developments.
Mr. Woolas: The proposed specification and plans to deliver the National Spatial Address Infrastructure are set out in the outline prospectus published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on 26 May 2005.
The proposals state that the new infrastructure will be provided by Ordnance Survey on behalf of the user community under direction of the Office of the Deputy
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Prime Minister and there will be a new governance structure that will ensure that interests of stakeholders are protected.
The main partners, Ordnance Survey and the Local Government Information House (LGIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) have agreed heads of terms for the development process.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list each non-departmental public body, executive agency, quango or taskforce which (a) has regional offices or (b) is based around a Government office region; and what the date of establishment was of each. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he will publish a regulatory impact assessment for his plans to revoke the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004. 
Yvette Cooper: Since May 1997, the Government have issued planning policy guidance note (PPG) 13 Transport (March 2001), which covers park-and-ride schemes at paragraphs 59 to 63, and also at annex E provides an amendment to PPG2 Green Belts, adding new paragraphs 3.173.20.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons planning appeal decisions by the planning inspectorate are not accessible to the public via their website; and if he will make a statement. 
The PCS is available via the Planning Portal (www.planningportal.gov.uk). It enables people to complete, submit, view, track progress, comment on, and search for appeals online.
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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government have made to planning guidance on (a) the density of residential development, (b) infill development and (c) suburban development, since May 1997. 
Yvette Cooper: 'Planning Policy Guidance Note 3: Housing' was published by the then Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) in 2000. It introduced a new approach to planning for housing, including guidelines for the density of residential development.
Other relevant changes to planning policy include 'Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development' and 'Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning for Town Centres', both published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2005, and 'Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: Transport' published by DETR in 2001.
Yvette Cooper: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement made by my right hon. Friend the then Minister for Housing and Planning on 17 June 2004, Official Report column 45WS, which set out the Government's plans for revising planning policy guidance.
Since this written statement was made, the Government have published Planning Policy Guidance Note 3: Housing consultation paper entitled 'Planning for Mixed Communities' and have announced the intention that they will consult this summer on an updated approach to planning for the supply of land for housing.
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