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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the United States on United Kingdom participation in the US Navy's life-extension plan for Trident missiles. [51584]

John Reid: I refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave to him on 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1566W and to the hon. Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn) on 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1197W.


Accessibility Planning Indicators

Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in developing accessibility planning indicators since July 2004. [50196]

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Yvette Cooper: Local planning authorities are required to prepare annual monitoring reports that include core output indicators, which are submitted to the Secretary of State by the end of December each year. Regional planning bodies assess these reports to enable them to prepare regional annual monitoring reports which are submitted to the Secretary of State annually on 28 February.

Local Development Framework Monitoring: A Good Practice guide was published in March 2005 and contains a number of core output indicators which local planning authorities are required to monitor. An update on the core indicators was published in October 2005.

Core output indicator 3b specifically requires authorities to monitor the accessibility of new residential development that is built within 30 minutes public transport time of a number of key services, (including GPs, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, areas of employment and major retail centres).

Advanced Corporation Tax Relief

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) cost to and (b) effect on the local government pension scheme of the abolition of advanced corporation tax relief. [51086]

Mr. Woolas: Since 1998, each local government financial settlement has provided an additional indexed sum of £130 million per annum to mitigate the effect on their pension funds of the abolition of advanced corporation tax relief. This amount was determined with the full support of the local government association. Successive actuarial valuations for each local government pension scheme pension fund, in 2001 and 2004, will also have taken full account of this change.

Allotment Land

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's estimate is of (a) the land available for allotments in Greater London in each of the last five years and (b) the likely amount of such land in each London borough in 2006–07. [44575]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Antisocial Behaviour

Mr. Wills: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to tackle antisocial behaviour in social housing in Swindon. [50611]

Yvette Cooper: The Respect Action Plan, launched by the Prime Minister in Swindon last month, recognises the important role social landlords play in tackling antisocial behaviour. In delivering the plan we will work with landlords to build on their success in delivering preventative approaches, support provision and taking enforcement action. This will include engaging the sector in developing a new 'Respect Standard' for housing management.
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We have provided landlords with a wide range of tools to tackle ASB and I know these have been used effectively in Swindon, where family support provision is also in place to help turn around the lives of challenging families. Much has been achieved by landlords and their partner agencies but we must sustain momentum and intensify this activity as a key factor in delivering sustainable communities.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many planning decisions he has given a ruling in each of the last four years involving developments on areas of outstanding natural beauty; and if he will list them. [48071]

Yvette Cooper: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister has decided 27 planning cases in the last four years involving development on Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These are tabled as follows.

Case name
Description of


Date of decision
Hartland and Stoke, Torridge DCResidentialRefuse2 July 2002
Finnamore Wood (former Young Offenders Institution), near Marlow, BucksResidentialRefuse25 October 2002
West House, WrothamAlterations to listed building
(4 appeals)
Allow30 October 2002
Hawkinge Aerodrome FolkestoneResidential
(2 applications)
Refuse16 December 2002
Cedars, Westonbirt School, GloucestershireReplace windows in listed buildingRefuse5 February 2003
Shoreham Quarry [Shoreham Cement]Mixed use residential, office and industrial
(1 application,
1 appeal)
Refuse10 September 2003
Ribblesdale Park, AscotNew country houseRefuse27 October 2003
Halwyn St. Keverne, CornwallTemporary mobile homeRefuse27 October 2003
Locks and Tracey Down Quarry, Combe MartinRetention of dwelling
(1 appeal
2 enforcement appeals)
Allow27 November 2003
Crystal Palace and New Zealand Farms ChuteGrain dryer and storage facility
(2 applications)
Allow one, refuse one19 December 2003
Little Densole FarmResidentialRefuse20 January 2004
Former Douai School, WoolhamptonResidentialAllow7 May 2004
Nizels Golf Club, TonbridgeResidential
(2 applications)
Refuse12 May 2004
Middleton Hospital, IlkleyResidentialRefuse12 May 2004
Chase Fields, Lower Farringdon, HampshireResidential
(4 applications)
Refuse three, allow one7 July 2004
Cemetery Lane, Bourton-on-the-WaterExtension to cemeteryRefuse8 July 2004
Witley Park, SurreyNew country houseAllow28 July 2004
Coronation House, Lyme Regis2 storey extension to listed building (2 appeals)Allow7 October 2004
Ticehurst House, East SussexResidential and healthcare facilities
(2 applications)
Refuse13 January 2005
Bentham Works, CheltenhamResidential
(2 appeals)
Refuse31 January 2005
Quarry filling station, Bourton-on-the-HillResidentialRefuse7 June 2005
Plot 29, Upper Swainswick, AvonGypsy Caravan siteRefuse21 June 2005
Borough Green Road, KentResidentialRefuse28 June 2005
St. Piers Lane, Lingfield, SurreyResidential, education, healthcare facilities
(2 appeals)
Refuse2 August 2005
Shearbarn Caravan Park, East SussexCaravan park
(2 appeals)
Allow one, refuse one17 August 2005
Hilltop Farm, DartfordGypsy Caravan siteRefuse26 October 2005
Brighton and Hove FC, FalmerFootball Stadium and coach interchange
(4 applications)
Allow27 October 2005

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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many incidents of arson there were in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire in each year since January 1997. [52448]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The following table shows the number of fires which were started deliberately and attended by Cambridgeshire fire and rescue service since 1997. Separate data are only available centrally for Peterborough for 2002 and 2003.
Number of deliberate fires

(5) Fire and Rescue Service FDR1 returns to ODPM.
Includes estimates for incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.
Includes Peterborough.
(6) Neighbourhood Statistics derived from Fire and Rescue Service FDR1 returns to ODPM.
Excludes periods of industrial action.

Asset Register

Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the top 150 most valuable assets held on his asset register; and what their financial value is in each case. [49328]

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Jim Fitzpatrick: A list of the 150 most valuable assets held on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Asset Register as at 31 December 2005 has been made available in the Library of the House.

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