Previous Section Index Home Page

12 Sept 2005 : Column 2467W—continued

Tamworth Borough Council

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding Tamworth borough council has received from all Government sources over the past 10 years in (a) nominal and (b) real terms. [13838]

Mr. Woolas: The funding Tamworth borough council has received from all Government sources over the past 10 years in both nominal and real terms, is shown in the following table.

NominalReal terms

The data are as reported by the local authority and are taken from the Revenue Outturn (RO) and the Capital Outturn forms for 1996–97 to 2003–04, the Revenue Account (RA) budget form for 2004–05 and 2005–06, Capital Provisional Outturn (CPR4) form for 2004–05 and the Capital Estimates Return (CER) form for 2005–06.

The revenue grants included are special and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance, revenue support grant, SSA reduction grant and redistributed non-domestic rates.

The data for capital funding show resources used during that particular year funded by capital grants from central Government Departments; the revenue grants are shown in the year in which they are paid.

Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities.

The real terms figures have been revalued for previous years at 2004–05 prices using the GDP deflator.

Telecommunications Base Stations

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many telecommunication base stations are situated in Enfield, Southgate; [13648]

(2) how many (a) telecommunication base stations and (b) mobile phone masts have been installed in Enfield, Southgate under permitted development rights since PPG8 became effective. [13649]

12 Sept 2005 : Column 2468W

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is not heldcentrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, during September and October every year the mobile network operators write to every local authority with details of their network rollout for the year ahead. When they write to the local authority they also provide details of their existing sites within the local authority area. My hon. Friend may want to contact the network operators for copies of their plans.

Telecommunications Masts

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appeals to the Planning Inspectorate have been made by mobile phone operators since 2002; and how many have been successful. [13650]

Yvette Cooper: The following table details the number of planning appeals received, decided and allowed for Telecommunications (including radio/TV-Mast/Aerial/Dish/Antenna).

Tenants Representation

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) councils, (b) registered social landlords and (c) arm's length management organisations have tenants' representation structures. [14749]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not hold data on which local authorities have formal procedures for tenant representation. However, research conducted in 2003 by the Department, Interim Evaluation of Tenant Participation Compacts" (ODPM October 2003), found that all local authorities that manage housing stock have systems in place for tenants' views to be taken into account in decision making processes. A copy of this research is available in the Library of the House.

Under the regulatory code for Registered Social Landlords, published by the Housing Corporation, Housing Associations must seek and be responsive to residents' views and priorities (Part 2.5 page V)". The methods of achieving this will vary from landlord to landlord. We expect all RSLs which are established as part of a stock transfer to draw approximately one third of their management board from residents.

All arm's length management organisations have a management board made up of at least one third tenants.


Mr. Betts: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from industry on the draft Best Practice Guidance for Tourism. [14416]

12 Sept 2005 : Column 2469W

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has shared draft good practice guidance with more than 30 stakeholders, including representatives of the tourism industry. Their comments have expressed concern about various matters in the draft including the need better to recognise the contribution that tourism makes to the economy and inadequate sector-specific guidance.

To meet these concerns and others raised, we are proposing to redraft the guidance. ODPM officials have discussed the scope of the revised draft with the Tourism Review and Implementation Group (TRIG) Planning sub-group which advises the Minister for Tourism about the industry's concerns. We will continue to work with them as we develop the revised draft.

Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements)

Ben Chapman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his plans to update the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 include making changes to Part IV of these regulations (Areas of Special Control over Advertisements); and if he will make a statement. [14002]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has no plans make changes to Part IV of the Regulations. However, in November 2000, all local planning authorities were asked to undertake a review of Areas of Special Control of Advertisements in their areas in order to satisfy themselves that they remain appropriate and necessary.


Mr. Paice: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Traveller caravans were on (a) authorised and (b) unauthorised sites in (i) South Cambridgeshire, (ii) East Cambridgeshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire and (iv) England in each year since 1997. [14584]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The information requested is held in the bi-annual count of Gypsy and Traveller caravans and copies are available in the Library of the House.

Unoccupied Dwellings

Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of unoccupied dwellings, broken down by local authority area. [14275]

Yvette Cooper: Information on the number of vacant dwellings in each local authority in England has been placed in the Library of the House. Figures provided are as at 1 April 2004, the latest year available. The data are produced by combining the reported figures from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) return and Housing Corporation's Regulatory and Statistical Return.

The total number of empty homes for the whole of England is estimated to be about 690,000 for 2004 a drop of 70,000 empty dwellings since 1997. These figures are from the HSSA returns alone and they include estimates for those local authorities who did not supply a figure.
12 Sept 2005 : Column 2470W

Wind Farms

Mr. Bone: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the siting of onshore wind farm developments, with specific reference to Airfield Farm, Podington, Bedfordshire. [14384]

Yvette Cooper: National planning policies on the location of renewable energy developments are set out in Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22) Renewable Energy". PPS22 requires planning authorities to set criteria based policies against which planning applications for renewable energy projects can then be considered.

Any proposal for a wind farm with an installed capacity of less than 50 MW will require a planning application to be submitted in the first instance to the local planning authority. The local authority will then need to consider the application in light of the policies in the development plan for the area and any other material considerations. As any application may subsequently come before my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister the First Secretary of State for decision, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on this specific proposal.

Proposals for wind farms with an installed capacity over 50 MW will be considered by the Secretary of State for Energy under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, with the local planning authority being a statutory consultee.

Next Section Index Home Page