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The Ministry of Defence is investigating the feasibility of new non-depleted uranium ammunition for Challenger, and initial de-risking work is being undertaken by BAE Systems.
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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department (a) was consulted by and (b) offered advice to the Royal British Legion on the risks of pinning Remembrance Day poppies onto the clothing of purchasers. 
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK military police have lawful authority to arrest individuals suspected of criminal offences who are on board aircraft which transit through UK military airfields; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The United Kingdom military police have lawful authority to arrest an individual suspected of a criminal offence if that person is subject to UK military law. This power is set out in the Service Discipline Acts.
Mr. Jim Murphy: Cabinet Office Ministers currently have no plans to visit Kettering. However, businesses can submit suggestions to Government for areas where regulations are placing an unnecessary burden on them through the www.betterregulation.gov.uk web portal. Departments will be obliged to respond to proposals within 90 working days.
Mr. Mudie: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the annual amount which would be raised if civil servants were required to pay a 6 per cent. contribution to their pension scheme. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Government have not made any estimate of the annual amount that would be raised if civil servants were required to pay a 6 per cent. contribution to their pension scheme. Civil servants currently pay contributions of either 1.5 per cent. or 3.5 per cent. of pensionable earnings depending on which section of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme they belong to. The total of these member contributions for the year 200405 as disclosed in the Civil Superannuation Resource Accounts was £256 million.
Mr. Jim Murphy: I have nothing further to add to the answer given on 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 302W by the then Chancellor of the Duchy, my right hon. Friend the Member for Barrow and Furness (Mr. Hutton).
Yvette Cooper: The National Land Use Database of Previously-Developed Land provides estimates of the amounts of previously developed vacant and derelict land in 2004. A table with this information has been made available in the Library of the House. The estimates include an allowance for the contribution from small sites but these are not generally recorded separately and no count is available. The table also shows the amounts of land not in built-up areas (greenfield). The built-up areas are those with a population of 1,000 or more and are for 2001. They include green spaces if they are within the built-up area.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what month he expects a decision to be made on the appointment of a new chairman and chief executive for the merged Catalyst Corby-North Northants Together. 
Following Baroness Andrews' provisional approval last month, the two bodies have just launched, on 2 December, a public consultation on the proposed merger. The merger aims to build on the considerable success of Catalyst Corby and the promising early work of North Northants Together and draw on the expertise of both organisations in driving and managing the delivery of sustainable growth in North Northamptonshire.
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Responses to the consultation are invited by 27 January. Subject to the results, it is planned that the new organisation will start operations on 1 April 2006. Formal appointments to the board and of the executive staff will be made after the close of consultation, subject to final ministerial approval of the merger in the light of comments received.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, columns 206263W, on council tax revaluation, how many of the 1,794,709 dwellings fall into each value significant code. 
Under the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Publication Scheme, we are committed to publishing research project reports within six months of project completion or, at the latest, when quality checks, including relevant peer review, are completed or when a policy decision based on its findings is publicised. Information on the project completion date is contained in the Research Management Database.
There are agreed publication timetables for a number of statistical research projects. This information is regularly updated and available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_about/documents/page/odpm_about_609298.hcsp
Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, columns 168889W, on designated growth areas, (1) what evidential factors will be used to determine mainstream funding in each designated growth area in England; 
(3) what estimate his Department has made of the amount of private funding that will be used within (a) the Milton Keynes growth area and (b) each other designated growth area towards infrastructure costs; and if he will make a statement. 
Mainstream Government funding is, by its nature, determined by the relevant Government Departments based on their own procedures for allocating funding towards meeting their objectives under their Public Service Agreement. For most Government programmes, this is covered by the
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periodic spending reviews. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has been working with Departments towards ensuring that growth is given due consideration in the allocation of funding. In a number of cases this would follow in the ordinary course, simply because funding levels are based on (among other factors) population. In other cases, specific mechanisms are available to safeguard rapidly growing areas.
To give an example from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's own departmental expenditure, population is an important factor in the allocation of revenue support grant (RSG) to local authorities. As a result of recent changes to the formula for allocating RSG, namely the abolition of ceilings" and (as from 200607) the use of forward-looking population data, local government funding will be more responsive to the relatively rapid population growth associated with growth areas.
By way of example from another Department, capital funding from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) for new schools places responds formulaically to local authorities' estimates of pupil numbers. Local authorities in the growth areas should therefore be taking account of growth plans in their submission to DfES. Nonetheless, a safety valve" mechanism has been put in place to allow exceptional needs resulting from unanticipated factors (which could include growth in pupil numbers) to be taken into account. A number of growth locations have accessed funding under this mechanism.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has made grant funding available exclusively in support of projects in the growth areas. The total amount of such funding, up to and including 200708, is around £1.25billion. This does not include the £200 million to be made available to the growth areas by Department for Transport under the community infrastructure fund. Expenditure beyond 200708 will be subject to the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review. This expenditure will lever in funding from other sources. For example, it was estimated that the initial round of ODPM funding (amounting to just over £600m) would lever in funding of over £3 billion from other public and private sector partners (not including Department for Transport funding).
Private sector investment will respond to opportunities presented by the growth areas, e.g. investment by the privately owned utilities in water, wastewater and electricity supply infrastructure. In addition, housing developers will be expected to contribute to the infrastructure costs associated with housing development through Section 106 contributions. A good example of this is in Milton Keynes, where the local delivery vehicle Milton Keynes Partnerships Committee has been negotiating a standard charge of over £18,000 per house from developers in the east and west expansion flanks. This will generate approximately £300 million of funding to complement circa £900 million of funding from public sources in support of infrastructure to facilitate construction of 15,000 houses to 2016.
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