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Danny Alexander: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of agreed changes to the EU budget on funds provided by the EU for regeneration in deprived areas of the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
In my written statement to Parliament of 20 December 2005 I set out the impact of the EU budget settlement for the UK's future Structural Funds allocations. The UK will receive approximately €2.6 billion in Convergence funding (previously called Objective 1 funding) for its poorest regions. Cornwall and West Wales and the Valleys will receive full Convergence funding, while the Highlands and Islands will receive phasing-out Convergence funding averaging approximately two-fifths of the intervention rates for the UK's future full Convergence regions. The UK will also receive approximately €6.2 billion in Competitiveness funding for its other regions. Of this, South Yorkshire and Merseyside will receive phasing-in Competitiveness funding averaging approximately one-third of the intervention rates for the UK's future full Convergence regions. We have now started the process of deciding how the UK's remaining Competitiveness funding should be allocated between our nations and regions. Finally, the UK will receive approximately €0.6 billion in Co-operation funding. The Government will also need to agree with the Commission how this should be allocated.
Bob Spink: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what use the fire service made of public mobile communications networks during the response operation to the incidents on the London Underground and bus network on 7 July 2005. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The fire and rescue service made very limited use of the public mobile communications networks at the incidents they attended on the 7 July 2005. The public mobile phone systems are not used by the London Fire Brigade as the primary means of communication for the mobilisation of officers or appliances to attend incidents, nor to pass information from the incidents. All the primary communication systems performed efficiently on the 7 July.
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the guidance and regulations the Government have published since May 1997 on allowances for local
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authority members of (a) national park authorities, (b) passenger transport authorities, (c) fire authorities, (d) police authorities and (e) regional chambers. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the representations the Government has received from hotel companies and the tourism industry in relation to the reform of local government finance in the last two years. 
Mr. Woolas: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has no record of any such representations. The Department for Culture Media and Sport have received copies of representations made by such groups to SirMichael Lyons' independent Inquiry. Sir Michael published an interim report and consultation paper on 15 December. This report lists contributors to his inquiry and understand that links to the representations received will be posted shortly on the inquiry's website at: www.lyonsinquiry.org
Yvette Cooper: Since the beginning of November the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has had one meeting with the Mobile Operators Association and a representative of each of the five mobile network operators, which discussed the Code of Best Practice on siting of mobile phone masts.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2837W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what penalties can be levied on businesses who refuse to allow a valuation officer or his agent to conduct an internal inspection after written notice has been given of the inspection. 
Mr. Woolas: The maximum fine for refusing access to a valuation officer who has given notice as required of the exercise of the power of entry is level 1 on the standard scale, under legislation introduced in 1988.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Valuation Office Agency (a) collects and (b) collates information from local planning authorities on (i) business planning applications and (ii) residential planning applications. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the (a) purpose, (b) extent and (c) status of the Value Bill project; how much has been spent on the project to date; and what the total forecast expenditure is for the whole project. 
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