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Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) the average expenditure by (i) county councils and (ii) district councils on the functions for which they are responsible and (b) the average population served by (A) county councils and (B) district councils was in (1) 200203, (2) 200304 and (3) 200405. 
Mr. Woolas: The average expenditure by county and district councils on the functions for which they are responsible and the average population served by county and district councils in 200203, 200304 and 200405 are as shown in the following table.
|County councils average expenditure (£000)||606,377||689,035||710,447|
|County councils average population||679,629||683,938||687,974|
|District councils average expenditure (£000)||12,082||13,837||13,298|
|District councils average population||97,090||97,705||98,282|
Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changes in the method of reporting the information. In particular, the outturn data for 200203 have been calculated on a non-FRS (Financial Reporting Standard) 17 basis while the outturn data for 200304 have been calculated on an FRS 17 basis. The budget data for 200405 are a mix of FRS 17 and non-FRS 17. This is because the FRS 17 reporting was first introduced
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in 200405 budget form and, after consultation, local authorities were given the option to complete their form either on a non-FRS 17 basis or on an FRS 17 basis. Hence, figures for different years may not be directly comparable.
Mr. Newmark: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total amount of local government pension liabilities is if calculated using a discount rate based on index linked gilts; and what rate was used for the calculation. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 413W, on mobile phone masts, if he will list the meetings his (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants have had with mobile phone mast operators or their representatives since 1 January. 
Yvette Cooper: There have been no meetings between Ministers in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister or their special advisers and the five mobile network operators, or their representatives since 1 January.
Officials have met with mobile networks operators or their representatives for briefing on: the findings of the Deloitte and Touche review of the implementation of the operators' Ten Commitments; the MORI PlannersQuantitive Research Over Five Years; and the MORI General PublicPyramid Research. Officials have also held quarterly liaison meetings with the MOA.
In addition, representatives of the mobile networks operators have attended project meetings for the review of the General Permitted Development Order; the review of the Code of Best Practice for Mobile Phone Network Development; and the research project to identify the future direction of mobile phone and electronic communications network technology.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what were the (a) average, (b) longest and (c) shortest times taken by the Government Office South West (i) to determine whether a planning application referred to it by a local authority required full consideration and (ii) to announce its final decision where a full inquiry was required in each of the last six years. 
Yvette Cooper: The information is set out in the following tables 1 and 2. Table 1 includes the percentage of decisions on whether referred cases should be called in for determination by the First Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister completed within the statutory 21 day period. This indicates that in every year the average case has been dealt with in less than three weeks.
|Total number of referrals||Longest time to reach decision (weeks)||Shortest time to reach decision (days)||Percentage decided in|
|Longest time from call-in to decision||Shortest time from call-in to decision||Average time from call-in to decision|
Peter Law: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to establish a centralised mechanism to collect data on the number of planning permissions granted for housing development on green belt land. 
A centralised national database of planning permissions granted or refused by each local planning authority is maintained on a quarterly basis. Aggregate statistics on permissions for housing development are collected but not details of individual applications or their location in each authority, including on green belt land. A special inquiry to local authorities to provide such detail would be an extra burden on them and could not be justified. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently exploring other ways of obtaining information more efficiently through e-planning" initiatives.
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Mr. Woolas: Section 26 (2) of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 states that if exercising his or her power of entry, the valuation officer must give at least three days notice in writing of the proposed exercise of the power.
The Valuation Office Agency's Charter on Council Tax states that if a valuation officer needs to see inside a taxpayer's property he or she will give seven days notice, wherever possible, contacting the taxpayer to arrange a convenient appointment.
Yvette Cooper: Regional assemblies are voluntary bodies. We do not collect information on regional assembly expenditure. I refer the hon. Member to my answer given on 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 817W, which details grant made by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to regional assemblies between 200102 and 200506
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