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Yvette Cooper: Planning fees were increased by14 per cent. in 2002 and again by an average 39 per cent. in April 2005. Fees were increased on both occasions to enable authorities to recover more of the costs of handling planning applications.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) will receive £37.868 million this year (2006-07) from central Government for the core GLA itself (through the General GLA Grant). The Mayor is also expected to raise a further £26.9 million for the core GLA from the
GLA precept on London council tax payers, putting the annual cost of the GLA at £64.8 million.
Access to the registers of home condition reports will be controlled by regulations. This will be limited to buyers and sellers, their advisers and mortgage lenders, and those monitoring the performance and quality of the reports.
We have discussed the proposed home condition report register with the Information Commissioners Office, who have confirmed they are satisfied with the proposals. Access to the register will be tightly controlled by regulations. Only sellers, buyers, their advisers and mortgage lenders and those monitoring the performance and quality of home condition reports will have access.
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department expects to be presented with implementation plans from the regional development agencies for the development of Science Cities; and if she will make a statement. 
Science Cities is a policy initiative led by the regional development agencies. RDAs are working with other Science City partners to develop detailed implementation plans for Science Cities, in line with regional economic development strategies. The six Science CitiesBirmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Yorkwill present progress reports at the Science Cities National summit, to be held in Manchester at the end of May. The summit will also provide an opportunity to share best practice and consider how national and regional policies can best support Science Cities.
Mr. Woolas: The following tables show the standard spending assessment, formula spending share and relative needs formula for children's social care. Standard spending assessments were replaced in 2003-04 by formula spending shares. A new system of relative needs formulae was introduced for 2006-07. All these formulae look at an authority's relative needs on a particular service.
|Standard spending assessment for personal social services (£ million)|
|Formula spending share for personal social services (£ million)|
|Relative needs formula for personal social services|
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the social services standard spending assessment was for childrens services in Cornwall in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Woolas: The following tables show the standard spending assessment, formula spending share and relative needs formula for childrens social care. Standard spending assessments were replaced in 2003-04 by formula spending shares. A new system as introduced for 2006-07. The relative needs formulae look at an authoritys relative need to spend on a particular service and are therefore not expressed in pounds.
Please note that during this period none of these measures were the Governments assessment of how much an authority should spend on a particular service nor were they grant. They are simply formula based on the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of an authority.
|Standard spending assessment for personal social services for children|
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|Research for amenity trees series|
|Number||Title||Date||Cost of research (£)|
|(1) Total cost of research under contract Arboriculture V shown. Not possible to disaggregate this figure. (2) Total cost of research under contract Arboricultural VI shown. Not possible to disaggregate this figure. (3) Included in number 6 above. (4) In print.|
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the likely additional cost of requiring new houses to be serviced by underground electricity cables. 
Yvette Cooper: Most new urban houses have access to electricity services via low-voltage underground cables, although some developments in rural areas may have a mix of underground and overhead service connections.. The cost of providing underground electricity distribution lines to particular housing developments will vary from case to case. Due to the numbers and variability of new development, this information is not practical to collate centrally.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) presentation and (b) handouts produced by Diane Leggo, Director of Council Tax for the Valuation Office Agency, for the lecture on 23 November 2005 at the CPD Foundation. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 826W, on housing, whether the Valuation Office Agency will have access to the Register of Home Condition reports to assist them in the performance of their statutory duties. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden of 26 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1200-01W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), why publication of the VOA document Dwellinghouse CodingAn Illustrated Guide would breach privacy; what advice she has requested from the Information Commissioner on whether publication would breach privacy; and what categories of personal information the document contains. 
Mr. Woolas: The documentwhich is for the use of Valuation Office Agency listing officers and their staff onlycontains photographs of individual properties. There is potential for the privacy of the occupiers of these properties to be breached if the illustrated guide is placed in the public domain. No advice has been sought from the Information Commissioner.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden of 27 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1283-84W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the Tenet IT Mapping software includes photographic data and vector data; and what data sources are used to provide the mapping information. 
Mr. Woolas: The Tenet IT Mapping software used by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) does not include (a) photographic data but does include (b) vector data in the form of Land Line and MasterMap products.
The source data that underpins the Tenet IT Mapping software comprises the following map layers provided by Ordnance Survey: Land Line; MasterMap; 1:10,000 Scale Black and White Raster Map; 1:25,000, 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 Scales Colour Raster Map; Postcode Map; Boundary-Line; and Address Point.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1203-04W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if she will place in the Library a list of the 10,000 localities in England. 
Mr. Woolas: To list the localities is a task that would involve disproportionate cost. Each of the localities would need to be given an identifiable nametheir existing reference numbers are meaningless in isolationand this task would need to be undertaken for each of 354 local authority areas in England.
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