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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to meet representatives of the East of England Regional Assembly to discuss the results of the examination in public of the draft East of England Plan when it is concluded on 16 March. 
The normal practice is that any dialogue required between the Regional Assembly and my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister in the
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period following the Examination in Public and prior to issue of the Secretary of State my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister's proposed changes would be by written communication. The guidance provides for two types of occasions after the publication of the Panel Report where the Secretary of State my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister may need to meet with representatives of the Regional Assembly:
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 24 January 2006]: Planning permission is required for domestic households to erect flag poles on their properties. The exceptions: are vertical flag poles flying a national flag; flag poles flying flags as advertisements under Class 7 of Schedule 3 of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992; flag poles flying all other flags that have the express consent of the local planning authority to be flown.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account has been taken of demographic changes since May 2004 in respect of the allocation of the formula spending share to Peterborough city council for 200506, with particular reference to migrants from EU accession countries. 
Mr. Woolas: The 200506 formula spending shares announced in a written ministerial statement on 27 January 2005, Official Report, column 2425WS, used the mid-2003 population estimates. Therefore population changes since May 2004 would not have been taken into account in the calculation of the formula spending shares for 200506.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) revenue and (b) capital funding his Department has allocated to (a) West Lancashire district council and (b) Lancashire county council in each of the last 10 years. 
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) was established following the Machinery of Government changes on 29 May 2002.
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The following tables set out payments made to (a) West Lancashire district council and (b) Lancashire county council since 200203
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government office for London (GOL) delivers policies and programmes in London on behalf of 10 central Government Departments. Its programme budget in 200506 totals £3.3 billion, of which £2.6 billion is grants to the Greater London Authority and its functional bodies. GOL leads on negotiating local area agreements on behalf of Departments, it handles planning casework, it leads on multi-agency work to improve arrangements for the resettlement of London's ex-offenders and preparing and testing plans for emergencies (the work of the London resilience team based in GOL).
|Sponsor Department||200506 programme||Allocation for 200506 (£)|
|The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)||Single Community Programme (aka Community Empowerment Networks CEN)||8,180,694|
|ODPM||Disabled Facilities Grant||15,952,000|
|ODPM||Greater London Authority General Grant||37,493,000|
|ODPM||GLA Preparation Costs||4,000|
|ODPM||Lee Valley Regional Park SCA||458,000|
|ODPM||Housing Action Trusts||7,850,000|
|ODPM||Single Regional Housing Pot (HIP element)||215,210,000|
|ODPM||Private Sector Renewal Discretionary Pot (Housing)||11,100,000|
|ODPM||LA Regeneration Pot (Housing)||58,571,000|
|ODPM||Neighbourhood Renewal Fund||128,489,841|
|ODPM||Neighbourhood RenewalSkills and Knowledge||391,327|
|ODPM||New Deal for Communities||72,000,000|
|ODPM||Street Crime Wardens||3,736,475|
|ODPM||Local Area Growth Initiative (LEGI)||2,355,000|
|ODPM||European Regional Development Fund (Objective 2)||31,480,916|
|Department for Transport (DfT)||Greater London Authority Transport Grant||2,161,015,000|
|Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)||Sustainable Development Regional Publicity Budget||46,000|
|DEFRA||Sustainable Farming and Food Fund||50,000|
|DEFRA||Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative||20,000|
|DEFRA||Regional Waste Fund||50,000|
|Department for Education and Skills (DFES)||Community Champions||556,968|
|DFES||Connexions Partnership Grant Funding||74,437,563|
|DFES||Positive Activities For Young People Total (including main project, Uproject, key workers, key workers training and devt, secondees)||14,920,362|
|DFES||Transforming Youth Work Performance Improvement Fund||1,585,660|
|DFES||Vocational and Work Related Learning||300,000|
|DFES||Testbed Learning Communities||67,000|
|DFES||Regional Networking and Development Budget||10,000|
|Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)||London Development Agency Grants||374,053,000|
|DTI||Regional Energy Strategy Delivery Budget||195,355|
|Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)||European Structural Fund (ESF) Objective 2||3,104,118|
|DWP||European Structural Fund (ESF) Objective 3||75,141,688|
|Home Office||Basic Command Unit Fund||9,952,587|
|Home Office||Building Safer Communities Fund||11,880,386|
|Home Office||Anti-Social Behaviour Grant||825,000|
|Home Office||Gun Crime (Recovered Criminal Assets Fund)||260,000|
|Home Office||Recovered Assets Fund (RAF)||100,000|
|Home Office||Home Office Directors' Allocation Fund||1,243,300|
|Home Office||Business Crime Advisers||52,000|
|Home Office||Drug Strategy Partnership Support Grant||2,280,581|
|Home Office||Additional Capital Funding||200,000|
|Home Office||Partnership Business Model||106,176|
|Home Office||Domestic Violence Grant||300,000|
|Home Office||Tackling Violent Crime||300,000|
|Home Office||ChangeUp Programme||5,680,693|
|Home Office||Voluntary Sector Regional Networks||116,000|
|Home Office||Connecting Communities||1,283,398|
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has given to the South West Regional Assembly on the numbers of new houses to be built in (a) the South West, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) the Cotswolds. 
Yvette Cooper: Current Government guidance on the number of new additional housing required in the South West for the period 1996 to 2016 is contained in Regional Planning Guidance for the South West (RPG10) published in 2001. RPG10 includes a figure for Gloucestershire County but no figures for any district council such as Cotswolds. The South West figure in RPG 10 is 20,200 net additional houses per annum and 2,400pa for Gloucestershire.
The South West Regional Assembly (SWRA), as the Regional Planning Body, is now preparing a draft Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) as required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The RSS will replace RPG10; cover the period to 2026; and set out District housing requirements. It is understood that a draft RSS will be submitted by the SWRA for public consultation later this year. No guidance has been given by Government to the SWRA as to what specific housing numbers should be proposed in the draft RSS. Government guidance on the content of the RSS is contained in PPS11 Regional Spatial Strategies" and in PPG3 Housing" on planning for housing.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of his decision to replace local authority council house valuations by valuations by registered social landlords. 
It is Government policy that social rents should be restructured and that over time tenants in social housing should pay similar rents for similar properties regardless of landlord.
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The three-year review of rent restructuring policy, which reported in 2004, made a number of recommendations. One was to use the same formula for restructuring local authority rents as that which is currently used for restructuring Registered Social Landlords (RSL) rents, and adopt the Retail Price Index (RPI) as the inflation measure used in calculating local authority rent increases. Individual property valuations are unchanged, but the formula used to calculate rents now uses the average 1999 value for RSL properties.
We announced on 7 November that we would introduce in full the recommendations made in the review in 200607, reinforcing the steps already taken to create a fair and transparent rent setting system in the social rented sector. We have provided additional protection for council tenants by capping at 5 per cent. the average cash increase in rents in any local authority for each of the next two years. This is in addition to the caps and limits that have been in place since the policy was first introduced.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when he expects to announce the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing Programme in the south east region for (a) 200607 and (b) 200708; 
(2) what action his Department has taken to increase the proportion of family-sized social rented homes to be built in the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing Programme in the south east region in (a) 200607 and (b) 200708. 
Yvette Cooper: The Housing Corporation is currently assessing bids for affordable housing schemes planned to start in 200608 and discussing with regional housing boards how these will achieve the priorities set out in the regional housing strategies.
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