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Local Government White Paper

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Local Government White Paper will be published. [66434]

Mr. Woolas: It is the Government's intention to publish a White Paper on the future of local government in England this summer.

Neighbourhood Renewal Projects

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have for neighbourhood renewal projects in (a) Romford and (b) Havering. [67012]

Mr. Woolas: Support under the Government's neighbourhood renewal initiative is targeted at the most deprived parts of England, as determined by indices of deprivation which were last updated in 2004. Havering
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does not rank sufficiently high on the indices to qualify. Nevertheless, Havering is now beginning to prepare its Local Area Agreement (LAA), to be implemented from April 2007. While this does not involve additional funding, it is a powerful tool for driving forward regeneration and renewal, and provides an opportunity to focus on the needs of priority areas within Havering.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been allocated to neighbourhood renewal schemes in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) each London borough in each of the last eight years. [67013]

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Yvette Cooper: Havering, incorporating Romford, does not qualify for support under the Government's neighbourhood renewal initiative.

Neighbourhood renewal funding received over the last eight years by the eligible London boroughs is contained in the following table. This shows aggregated figures for the following neighbourhood renewal elements: neighbourhood renewal fund, new deal for communities, neighbourhood management pathfinders, and the single community programme.
Neighbourhood renewal funding by borough

Barking and Dagenham1,001,9921,476,606
Hammersmith and Fulham309,500998,2784,198,525
Kensington and Chelsea713,8231,043,467
Tower Hamlets450,00035,50011,292,14814,919,815
Waltham Forest1,482,2902,198,528


Barking and Dagenham1,956,0882,050,6991,918,5468,403,931
Hammersmith and Fulham6,259,9427,865,8579,467,34029,099,442
Kensington and Chelsea1,372,6141,372,6131,338,7285,841,245
Tower Hamlets17,848,19620,138,71424,389,58989,073,962
Waltham Forest2,928,5853,180,1653,184,94212,974,510

Ordnance Survey

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many requests Ordnance Survey has received for information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005; and how many requests were refused (a) in whole and (b) in part. [66231]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Since the implementation of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 on 1 July last year, Ordnance Survey has received four requests under the legislation. One request was granted in full. In line with published guidance, the other three were treated as requests for information under the
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Freedom of Information Act 2000 and were therefore not applicable under this legislation.

There have been no refusals in whole or part by Ordnance Survey under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2006, Official Report, column 401W, on Ordnance Survey, what the nature is of the contractual relationship with Getmapping. [66326]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Getmapping is a supplier of imagery to Ordnance Survey, and is also one of many licensed partners of Ordnance Survey who develop and market services that add further value to Ordnance Survey data and meet the diverse needs of users of geographic information.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans Ordnance Survey has to make public data freely available to the public. [66389]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Ordnance Survey has been making mapping and geographic information available to the public for over 200 years.

As a government trading fund focused on the collection,maintenance and dissemination of geographic information, it is a core component of Ordnance Survey policy to ensure that its data is readily available to all who wish to use it. In recent years, there has been a steady growth in the use of such data in commerce, government and leisure activities.

Ordnance Survey, like all trading funds, is charged with delivering a financial return to government. Consequently it charges for the provision and maintenance of its data. It is also expected to invest for the future to meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of its customers and partners. Ordnance Survey does not receive any funds voted directly by Parliament. Instead it generates its revenue from the licensing of its data into the market place. This business model has helped underpin the efficiency, quality and service improvements that ensure the sustainability of the organisation.


Mr. Spellar: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on applications for change of use from reservoirs. [66976]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of Deputy Prime Minister has not issued any planning guidance for change of use from reservoirs specifically. Circular 03/2005, Changes of Use of Buildings and Land offers general guidance to local authorities on general applications for change of use.

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the new Planning Policy Statement3. [66439]

Yvette Cooper: Consultation closed on 27 February 2006. We will publish a revised statement later in the year.
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Residental and Nursing Homes

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the weekly amount paid in each local authority towards adults in (a) residential homes and (b) nursing homes was in each of the last six years. [64767]

Mr. Byrne: I have been asked to reply.

Information is not held centrally in the form requested. The average gross weekly expenditure on residential and nursing care for older people for each local authority in England for the financial years 1999–2000 to 2004–05, the latest for which data is available, has been placed in the Library. These figures are provided by local authorities. The figures for 1999–2000 are not directly comparable to those for subsequent years because they are based on gross expenditure whereas later years are based on gross total cost. The difference is that gross total cost includes capital charges and certain types of income received such as income from joint arrangements with other local authorities.

Similar information for adults aged 18 to 64 with physical disabilities or sensory impairments, learning disabilities and mental health needs is available on the NHS and Social Care Information Centre's website at

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