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Mr. Woolas: Information on the costs of restructuring local government is not held centrally. However in the case of the local government reorganisations in the 1990s, resources in the form of unsupported supplementary credit approvals (SCAs) totalling £492.3 million were made available to reorganised authorities to meet the one-off indirect costs of reorganisation.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to what extent (a) the Olympic Delivery Committee, (b) the Greater London Authority, (c) Transport for London and (d) the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games are bound by the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance the Government have published on the classification of expenditure on (a) gathering signatures for a mayoral petition and (b) campaigning for or against a mayoral referendum. 
Mr. Woolas: The Government have not published guidance on the classification of expenditure on gathering signatures for a mayoral petition. Chapter 13 of guidance on council constitutions issued by the Government set out guidance and statutory rules which apply in respect of expenditure incurred on campaigning in referendums.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to what extent her plans for city mayors will involve elected mayors representing (a) an existing local authority area and (b) an area crossing a number of existing single-tier local authorities. 
Mr. Woolas: Discussions are ongoing with the core cities regarding their business case proposals, following the summits that were held during 2005. Those business cases include options for devolving decision-making to the cities or city-regions (which may cover a number of local authorities). We will further develop these ideas and associated thinking, including on individual local authority leadership, in the forthcoming Local Government White Paper.
Mr. Woolas: Local councillors have a vital contribution to make to neighbourhood management schemes, and research shows the most successful Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders have a very close working relationship with local councillors. Councillors can play a variety of roles, for example by acting as a champion for the neighbourhood within the local authority or with partner organisations. In most cases, the Government would expect councillors to be a part of local steering groups overseeing a neighbourhood management scheme. More information is provided in Neighbourhood renewal and social inclusiona councillors guide. This guide was published in November 2005 jointly by Improvement and Development Agency, Local Government Association and Local Government Information Unit, with sponsorship from the Department for Communities and Local Government (previously the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister).
Angela E. Smith: The size of the office occupied by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is 571 square feet, and her Private Office occupy a separate office of 560 square feet.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on possible standards for reduced ignition propensity cigarettes to be introduced under the EUs General Product Safety Directive. 
Angela E. Smith: There have been recent discussions in Europe on possible standards for reduced ignition propensity cigarettes at the General Product Safety Directive Committee Meeting on 14 June 2006.
The UKs position in those discussions was that there was sufficient evidence to recommend the development of a European technical standard for reduced ignition propensity cigarettes. The European Commission has indicated that it will undertake further investigation into the need for such action.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the Governmental organisations with responsibility (a) to spend and (b) to allocate funds in the South-West. 
Mr. Woolas: The governmental organisations for whose expenditure and allocation of funds the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is responsible are the DCLG itself, its executive agencies and its sponsored non- departmental public bodies.
A full list of these is included in the Department's annual report and updated from time-to-time on the DCLG website. Those with the authority to allocate or administer funds within the South-West are the Commission for Racial Equality, the Community Development Foundation, English Partnerships/Commission for the New Towns, FireBuy and the Housing Corporation.
In addition, DCLG has responsibility for the regeneration funding administered by the Department for Trade and Industry-sponsored Regional Development Agencies, for European Regional Development Fund programmes and (jointly with the Department for Work and Pensions) for European Social Fund spending in the South-West.
The Government Office for the South-West delivers a wide range of Government policies and programmes on behalf of 10 Whitehall Departments (including DCLG). These together aim to regenerate communities, fight crime, tackle housing needs, improve public health, raise standards in education and skills, tackle countryside issues and reduce unemployment.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals the Planning Inspectorate permitted in 2005 involving residential development, in part or whole, on gardens. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints were made to the Standards Board for England in each year since its inception in relation to each different type of council it is responsible for; and how many complaints (a) were not pursued, (b) there were where there was no breach in standards, (c) were where no further action was necessary (d) were referred for local determination and (e) were referred to the Adjudication Panel; and what the recommendation was of the panel which was referred to it in each case. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of complaints submitted to the Standards Board in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 were against parish councillors. 
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers are available to planning authorities enabling preventive action to be taken in relation to the Unauthorised development of land sold to Travellers. 
Meg Munn: Section 187B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 provides that planning authorities may, if they consider it necessary, apply to the court for an injunction to restrain an actual or anticipated breach of planning control.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 21 June 2006, Official Report, column 1877W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the plot sizes that Ordnance Survey data are used for include data for the plots of (a) open spaces and (b) residential gardens. 
Mr. Woolas: Ordnance Survey maps show (a) open spaces and (b) residential gardens. Whether these are within the plot of a domestic property, which is to be taken as part of a dwelling for council tax banding purposes (as defined in section 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992) is dependant upon what land belongs to or is enjoyed with that domestic property.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 21 June 2006, Official Report, column 1877W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if she will list the property attributes which have been gathered using Ordnance Survey maps. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 21 June 2006, Official Report, column 1877W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if she will place in the Library a copy of the data supplied by Rightmove. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 22 June 2006, Official Report, column 2045W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), if she will place in the Library a copy of all the (a) dwelling house code and (b) value significant code data held by the VOA for each of those official residences. 
Mr. Woolas: Any decision to place individual property attribute coding information into the public domain would be subject to public consultation. Until such consultation has been undertaken revealing coding detail of any dwelling is not appropriate.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 19 June 2006, Official Report, column 1600W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether (a) crime and (b) deprivation influence the chartered surveyor's assessment of market forces. 
Mr. Woolas: Chartered surveyors employed within the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) used their market and valuation knowledge to identify geographic areas within which domestic property prices are influenced by the same or similar market forces (these are known as "localities"). The market for dwellings may well be influenced by levels of crime and deprivation, amongst many other factors. No separate analysis of these factors is made by the Valuation Office Agency as, even if possible, this is not considered necessary.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to the West Lancashire district council for (a) 2006-07 and (b) each year since 1996-97 in (i) cash and (ii) real terms. 
Mr. Woolas: The amount of formula grant provided to West Lancashire district council for the period 1996-97 to 2006-07 in both cash and real terms (deflated by the GDP deflator) is given in the following table. Formula grant consists of revenue support grant, redistributed business rates and SSA reduction grant (SSA review) where appropriate.
|Formula grant in cash terms||Formula grant in real terms( 1)|
|(1) Base year = 2006-07 Note: These figures are not comparable year-on-year due to changes in funding and function. For example, in 2004-05 funding for housing benefit ceased to be included within formula grant but was instead paid by special grant from DWP.|
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