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Stock Transfers

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was allocated for (a) arm's length management organisations (ALMOs), (b) large-scale voluntary transfers (LSVTs), (c) debt write-off from LSVTs and ALMOs and (d) housing action trusts in (i)2004–05, (ii) 2005–06 and (iii) 2006–07. [58882]

Yvette Cooper: (a) The allocations from the arms length management organisation (ALMO) programme was £577.15 million in 2004–05, and are £850.04 million for 2005–06 and £884.40 million for 2006–07.

(b) The sums paid to registered social landlords in gap funding grant were £7.65 million in 2004–05 and £1.83 million in 2005–06 and are expected to be £57.679 million in 2006–07.

(c) Where a local authority transfers its housing to an RSL and the receipt it receives is not sufficient to repay the outstanding debt attributable to the housing the Office will make a one off payment where the debt is held with the Public Works Loans Board. The one off payment is made to discharge the Office's continued liability, through the Housing Revenue Account, to pay subsidy on an authority's housing attributable debt that remains after the transfer.

Such payments are not made in respect of ALMOs as the local authority's debt continues to be supported through the Housing Revenue Account subsidy system. £592.44 million was allocated to support housing transfers in 2004–05. £275.54 million has been allocated to date in 2005–06. The allocation for 2006–07 is £616 million.

(d) The allocation for the Housing Action Trust programme was £59.37 million for 2004–05, and is £17.6370 million for 2005–06 and £1 million for 2006–07.

Sustainable Buildings

Mr. Soames: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce a mandatory code for sustainable buildings. [64448]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 19 April 2006]: From 6 April 2006, new building regulations that set higher mandatory standards for energy efficiency that every new building must meet. These regulations raise energy efficiency standards for new buildings by 40 per cent. compared to 2002.

In addition we are giving consideration to further ways to increase the take-up of the Code for Sustainable Homes, including the possibility of mandatory assessments against all Code requirements.

We will also introduce mandatory assessment of energy efficiency in all new homes to be included in Energy Performance Certificates.
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Unregistered Social Landlords

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many proposals to allow councils to set up unregistered social landlords have been made to his Department in the last 5 years. [61645]

Yvette Cooper: None.

Village Shops (Cornwall)

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many villages in (a) Kerrier district and (b) Cornwall do not have a village shop. [63631]

Jim Knight: I have been asked to reply.

W do not hold information on how many villages in (a) Kerrier district and (b) Cornwall do not have a village shop.

The Government have assisted local services by extending mandatory rate relief at 50 per cent. to include sole village public houses, petrol stations and village food shops under the village shop scheme. Qualifying premises are entitled to a 50 per cent. reduction in their business rates bills, and local authorities have the discretion to top-up all other non-domestic premises up to 100 per cent. provided it has a rateable value of £14,000 or less.

The Countryside Agency has supported village shops through the Community Service Grants, identified under the Vital Villages programme, (a three year programme of grants that commenced in April 2001). Since April 2005, Defra has devolved funding for some of the Countryside Agency's economic and social regeneration policies, including those hitherto supported by the Vital Villages programme, to the regional development agencies. RDAs, working in partnership, will decide how to spend their resources to meet national targets and address regional and local needs.

Waste Incinerators

Norman Baker: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what requirements there are for planning authorities to take account of available water resources when determining planning applications for incinerators, with particular reference to East Sussex; and what opportunity exists for the views of water supply companies to be considered in such cases. [63152]

Yvette Cooper: Local planning authorities must determine planning applications in accordance with the statutory development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Where relevant the availability of water resources will have informed the preparation of the development plan and its policies and could be a material consideration in the determination of a planning application for an incinerator. Water undertakers will be consulted on the preparation of the development plan, and applications for planning permission will be publicised by the local planning authority concerned.

Departmental Policies

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as
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possible to west Lancashire constituency the effects in west Lancashire of changes to his Department's policies since 1997. [64234]

Mr. Woolas: The Department has put in place a considerable programme of reforms and improvements across a wide range of policy areas. These changes have
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resulted in payments made to west Lancashire district council since 2002–03 (when the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was established following the Machinery of Government Changes on 29 May 2002) as shown in the following tables. It has been for the west Lancashire district council to determine how that allocation has spent, in line with their priorities.
£ million

Revenue Funding for West Lancashire DC
Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders0.5840.4380.897
Neighbourhood and Street Wardens0.3080.3080.101
Revenue Support Grant2.7604.2804.690
National Non-Domestic Rates4.6303.7902.960
Homelessness Grant0.0200.0200.020
Capital Funding for West Lancashire DC
Local Government on Line0.2000.2000.350
Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme0.2640.3381.087
English Partnership projects0.0190.0040.013
Housing Capital Allocations
Housing Supported Capital Expenditure0.8550.8690.910
Disabled Facilities Grant0.1690.2220.243
Private Sector Renewal Grant000
Total HIP allocation1.0241.0911.153
Major Repairs Allowance4.3984.2964.302

In addition since 1 April 2006 west Lancashire has been a partner in the local area agreement for the county. This has resulted in allocations as follows:


Adult Education (Tooting)

Mr. Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to adult education in Tooting in each year since 1997. [47743]

Bill Rammell: The Department allocates funds for the post-16 education and training sector to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) working through 47 local offices. The LSC was established in 2001 bringing the planning and funding of post-16 education together under one body within a framework set by Government. In 2001–02 the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) spent£2,236 million on adult programmes including Further Education, Work Based Learning, Adult and Community Learning and other programmes in England. This increased to £2,427 million in 2002–03; £2,866 million in 2003–04; and £2,999 million in 2004–05. The Department does not hold figures for adult education funding at local or regional levels. Some of the information you require is available on the LSC's website. As the LSC is responsible for the planning and funding of post-16 learning, Mark Haysom, the council's chief executive has written to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 19 April 2006:

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Work based learning
RW Rechere15,00015,00010,000000
LB of Wandsworth19,00019,00035,00036,00029,87318,201
South Thames College28,75429,98736,80237,82929,30730,000
Further education
South Thames College11,546,99612,000,56811,902,86410,801,01410,155,82310,155,823
St. Francis Xavier118,917125,543142,404132,000119,800119,800
Adult and community learning
LSC funds through LB Wandsworth, including family and
Neighbourhood learning programmes
Grand total13.,640,41614,226,81314,146,46012,965,19712,148,60612,138,943
All year total79,266,435

(31)Assumed allocations prior to LSC AMPs records.

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