These figures include £2.9 billion in 200405 and £1.1billion in 199798 made available to local authorities mainly for the maintenance and improvement of existing council housing, and £1.6 billion in 200405 and £0.7billion in 199798 to registered social landlords (via the Housing Corporation) mainly to increase the supply of new social homes.
Yvette Cooper: We are currently commissioning research on the future need for communications masts. This will help inform the General Permitted Development Order review which is looking at permitted development rights for mobile phone masts. We also commissioned a review of the code of best practice on mobile phone network development which will be published shortly.
Proposals for the use of the housing investment funds available to the South East for 200607 and 200708 were submitted by the Regional
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Housing Board in July. These proposals, which have been approved, involve a significant increase in funding for affordable housing.
The greater provision of affordable housing is dependent on improved levels of housing supply. Government are therefore working with local authorities to make sure that housing completion rates are built to planned levels. It will announce how it intends to respond to the recommendations of the Barker report later this year.
Yvette Cooper: Since May 2005, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received correspondence concerning roadside advertisements from 20 Members of Parliament on behalf of their constituents and about 175 representations from members of the public.
Yvette Cooper: An evaluation of the key worker living scheme is currently underway, with the final report due in 2006. However, early interim findings published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on 31 August found that the scheme is making a positive contribution towards improving recruitment and retention of key workers, such as teachers, nurses and police.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role (a) the Valuation Office Agency played in the council tax revaluation in Wales and (b) is planned for the Agency in a future council tax revaluation in England; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: (a) In accordance with their statutory duty, under Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended by Local Government Act 2003), the Valuation Office Agency's listing officers in Wales compiled the new valuation lists for each billing authority, effective from 1 April 2005, by placing 1.3 million properties into the new council tax bands.
(b) The Valuation Office Agency's listing officers in England currently have a statutory duty, under Local Government Finance Act 1992, to compile and maintain the council tax lists for each billing authority area. The Government has no proposals for any change
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in that role, but has announced that the revaluation planned for 2007 is to be postponed and is bringing forward legislation to give that statutory effect.
Mr. Woolas: The postponement of council tax revaluation in England, which the Government announced on 20 September, means a suspension of the existing programme of preparatory work for the 2007 revaluation by the Valuation Office Agency. It is not possible at this stage to estimate exactly what the costs of revaluation will be at that future date. This will need to be reviewed in the light of the Government's decisions, following the report of the extended Lyons Inquiry into local government funding.
Mr. Woolas: The Government announced on 20 September 2005 the postponement of the council tax revaluation in England in 2007 and the standing down of preparatory work. The Valuation Office Agency are reviewing in the light of this announcement what steps should be taken to capitalise on their preparatory work to date.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) public relations consultancies and (b) public affairs consultancies employed by (i) the Audit Commission and (ii) the Standards Board for England in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Woolas: I will ask the chief executives of the Audit Commission and the Standards Board for England to write to the hon. Member with the information requested. Their responses will be placed in the Library of the House.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The ODPM website was procured as the result of a fair and open competition. In awarding the contract all tenders were evaluated and the successful tender was deemed to have achieved the best balance on price and satisfying the detailed requirements criteria.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 806W. Unique visitors to the ODPM website have more than doubled since its launch. The website also helps ODPM to fulfil its commitment to Freedom of Information, with more than 300 publications and nearly 300 press releases and statements uploaded to the website in 200405. ODPM is therefore continuing to develop the corporate website as a value for money channel for government information.
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