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Local authorities use pupil referral units (PRUs) as part of a spectrum of provision to meet the educational needs of pupils in their area who, for
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reasons of illness, exclusion or otherwise, are unable to attend mainstream schools.
The main role of PRUs is to ensure that pupils continue to receive an education while not attending mainstream or special schools. PRUs offer their pupils additional support and motivation in order to prepare them for reintegration to mainstream schooling. However, pupils will only be readmitted into
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mainstream settings when they are ready to benefit from it without disrupting the learning of other pupils. Pupils who need to remain in PRUs for longer periods are offered an education which is appropriate to their age, ability, aptitude and to any specific needs they may have.
Yvette Cooper: In 200405 the administration expenditure of the planning directorate within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was £6,827,726. The core elements were the staff and non-pay running costs of delivering:
|The review, development and implementation of new national planning policies on housing, countryside, town centres and economic development and on planning obligations.||1,073|
|The review and development of national planning policies on minerals, waste, contaminated land and flooding, casework on mineral planning appeals and marine minerals dredging, and negotiation for the UK of the EU directive on waste from the extractive industries.||1,102|
|The implementation of reforms in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (PCPA) to the system of development control, local authority performance and incentive grants.||940|
|The implementation of reforms contained in the PCPA 2004 to the plan making system at regional and local level, policies on compulsory purchase and negotiations on EU environmental assessment directives, Interreg structural funds and international planning matters.||1,492|
|Planning and compulsory purchase bill and coordination of implementation of PCPA 2004, e-planning in local authorities and changing the culture of the planning system.||510|
|Casework on planning decisions made by Ministers||907|
|Senior management, directorate administration and central services.||803|
Jim Fitzpatrick: Fire and Rescue Authorities do not keep separate figures for their total spending on control centres: the CIPFA statistics cover control room staffing costs only. Therefore the FiReControl project had to commission detailed work on current and forecast costs as a basis for the FiReControl Business Case in 2004. The current version of the business case includes an average forecast cost of £75.6 million per annum as total cost of providing control services from 200405 to 200607, at 2004 prices.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Initial estimates of the cost of establishing nine regional control centres were provided in the Strategic Outline Business Case, which was based on the report by Mott MacDonald 'The Future of Fire and Rescue Service Control Rooms in England and Wales: Update 2003'. Mott MacDonald calculated that over a 10 year period, at 2004 prices, the regional control option would deliver a total net saving of £155 million. It estimated project costs at £100 million, comprising project management costs, technology costs, accommodation costs and redundancy. The Outline Business Case (available on www.firecontrol.odpm.gov.uk) was based on more detailed work and different assumptions, so the costs shown in that cannot be directly compared with the Mott MacDonald costs.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes have been built in (a) each borough in Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) Portsmouth under the Key Worker Living Initiative; and how many of these are occupied. 
|Local authority||Units completed up to 30 September 2005||Units occupied up to 30 September 2005||Units reserved/awaiting occupancy up to 30 September 2005|
|Basingstoke and Dean||27||24||3|
|Isle of Wight||5||2||3|
Of the 310 units completed so far in Hampshire, 48 are occupied with a further 44 reserved or in the process of being bought/let. Of the 218 units not yet taken, 142 were completed since July, including 32 units in Portsmouth and 55 units in Southampton.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the average proportion of local government expenditure that is financed from council tax in (a) local authorities in England, (b) district councils, (c) unitary councils, (d) London boroughs, (e) Metropolitan authorities and (f) county councils. 
|(b)||Shire district councils||42.9|
|(d)||London boroughs (including City)||21.4|
|(e)||Metropolitan borough councils||20.6|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the average gearing ratio in (a) local authorities in England, (b) district councils, (c) unitary councils, (d) London boroughs, (e) Metropolitan authorities and (f) county councils. 
Mr. Woolas: The gearing ratio is a measure of the impact that increasing budgets has on council taxes. Listed in the following table are average gearing ratios derived from data on RA returns supplied to Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for 200506. The ratios have been calculated as revenue expenditure divided by the council tax requirement for the relevant authorities:
|Average gearing ratios|
|(b)||Shire district councils||2.3|
|(e)||Metropolitan district councils||4.9|
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the electoral wards in Newcastle and Gateshead where the demolition programme funded by the
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Newcastle-Gateshead Pathfinder in (a) 200405 and (b) 200506 are to take place, broken down by number in each ward. 
|200405||Qtr 1 and 2|
|Qtr 3 and 4|
|Scotswood and Benwel||203||52||48|
|Bridges and Felling||34||164||124|
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