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Litter Collection (Swindon)

Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated to Swindon borough council for litter collection in 2006-07. [86630]

Mr. Woolas: Waste collection is one of the district-level services included in the Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services (EPCS) block. The EPCS block is one of seven service blocks supported via Formula Grant. Formula Grant comprises Revenue Support Grant, Redistributed Business Rates and principal formula Police Grant. Formula Grant is an unhypothecated block grant: authorities are able to use the money for any service. This, together with the way in which Formula Grant is calculated, particularly the application of floor damping, means that it is not possible to say how much grant was provided for environmental, protective and cultural services.

Local Government

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of newspaper advertising as a means of communicating information about proposals under the Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996. [86292]

Gillian Merron: I have been asked to reply.

A working group of representatives from national and local authorities has recently considered whether the procedures for advertising Traffic Regulation Orders should be streamlined. The group made several recommendations concerning the advertising of different types of order. We are considering the recommendations and will consult publicly on formal proposals arising.

Minimum Dig Working

Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps she is taking to encourage local authorities (a) to join and (b) to participate in the activities of societies and other bodies associated with minimum dig working; [85029]

(2) what steps she has taken to ensure that local authorities inform their staff of the availability of trenchless technology for underground works on council services. [85054]

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Gillian Merron: I have been asked to reply.

Decisions on highways maintenance are a matter for the individual highway authority.

The Department welcomes local authority participation in professional bodies which promote the adoption of best practice in highway maintenance. Through the UK Roads Board, my officials have regular contact with the County Surveyors Society and the local authority Technical Advisors Group, which represent engineers from a wide range of local authorities. Last year, the Board published ‘Well-maintained Highways’ (TSO, July 2005), a code of practice for highway maintenance management, which encourages both a focus on the needs of road users and continuous improvement in delivery (which includes effective staff training).


Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements councils are under to publish (a) their parking accounts and (b) a statement of their parking enforcement activities. [85673]

Gillian Merron: I have been asked to reply.

Councils are currently under no obligation to publish their parking accounts or a statement of their parking enforcement activities. The current public consultation “Better Parking—Keeping Traffic Moving”, launched on 12 July 2006, proposes that English councils with decriminalised parking enforcement powers should publish annual reports containing financial and statistical data about their parking activities.

The consultation document is available in the Libraries of the House and on the Department for Transport website at

Population Estimates

Fiona Mactaggart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact on local authorities of the mid-year population estimates; and if she will make a statement. [81982]

Mr. Woolas: Population data supplied by the Office for National Statistics are used throughout the formula grant distribution system. Both population projections and mid-year estimates are used in relative needs formula indicators. Population projections are also used to determine the relative needs amount, relative resource amount and central allocation as these are calculated on a per head basis. The distribution of formula grant is also affected by the social and economic characteristics of an area, a council’s relative ability to raise council tax, and floor damping.

Department for Communities and Local Government officials have met a number of local authorities, including Slough, to discuss their concerns on their mid-year population estimates. However, the ONS population figures remain the best data available on a consistent basis for all authorities.

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Public Appointments

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public appointments are within her patronage; what (a) salary and (b) other emoluments are attached to each; and what the comparable figures were in (i) 1976, (ii) 1986 and (iii) 1996. [83192]

Angela E. Smith: Details of public appointments to public bodies sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government can be found in ‘Public Bodies’, copies of which are in the Library. ‘Public Bodies’ has been published annually since 1980
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and the most recent edition provides figures for 2005. Each edition of ‘Public Bodies’ contains details on the number of public appointments and remuneration details for that particular year. The Department for Communities and Local Government was created in May 2006 as a result of Machinery of Government changes; its predecessor, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, was formed in May 2002. Therefore comparable figures are not available.

Current details held centrally on the remuneration attached to each Chair and Board Member, correct at 31 March 2006, are set out in the following table. The information covers bodies that fall within the remit of the Commissioner for Pubic Appointments.

Advisory NDPBs
Public Body Chair (£) Members (£) Time Input

Advisory Panel on Beacon Councils

213 pd

163 pd

25 dpy

15 dpy

Advisory Panel on Standards in the Planning Inspectorate

213 pd

163 pd

2 dpm

2 dpm

Building Regulations Advisory Committee



35 dpy varies

Community Forum


163 pd

4 dpy

12 dpy

Women’s National Commission (recently transferred to DCLG)

10,000 pa


5 dpm

2 dpm (maximum attendance)

Executive NDPBs
Public Body Chair/Deputy Chair (£) Members/Members with additional duties (£) Time Input

Audit Commission

57,896 pa

13,508 pa/18,011 pa

2 dpw

3 dpm/4 dpm

Commission for Racial Equality (recently transferred to DCLG)

128,625 pa

160 pd

5 dpw

20-30 dpy

English Partnerships

82,390 pa/35,864 pa

11,743 pa

3 dpw/2 dpw

3 dpm

Equal Opportunities Commission (recently transferred to DCLG)

96,600 pa/l0,360 pa

160 pd

161 dpy/40 dpy

30 dpy


6,000 pa/4,000 pa

4,000 pa

3 dpm/2 dpm

2 dpm

Housing Action Trust Stonebridge

35,913 pa/12,184 pa

7,130 pa

2 dpw/1 dpw

0.5 dpw

Housing Corporation

47,399 pa/27,109 pa

12,362 pa/14,993 pa

2 dpw/4 dpm

2 dpm/2 dpm

Leasehold Advisory Service



1 dpm

1 dpm

London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

45,775 pa/34,450 pa

11,574 pa

2 dpw/2 dpw

3 dpm

Standards Board for England

40,000 pa/10,480 pa

7,130 pa

2 dpw/2.5 dpm

2 dpm

Thurrock Urban Development Corporation

46,690 pa/35,074 pa

11,805 pa

2 dpw/2 dpw

3 dpm

Valuation Tribunal Service

54,000 pa/262 pd

262 pd

3 dpw/20 dpy

15 dpy

West Northants Development Corporation

44,528 pa/33,450 pa

11,259 pa

2 dpw/2 dpw

3 dpm

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Public Corporations
Public Body Chair/Deputy Chair (£) Members (£) Time Input

Architects Registration Board

250 pd

250 pd

20 dpy

Key pa = per annum pd = per day dpw = days per week dpm = days per month dpy = days per year

Roads and Pavements

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget of each local authority for road and pavement maintenance was in each of the last two years; and what the overspend or underspend of each was in each year. [85777]

Gillian Merron: I have been asked to reply.

Information on local authorities’ highway maintenance budgets is not held centrally.

The Department provides capital maintenance funding for English local highways authorities outside London for investment in their highway network, including its structures and street lighting. It is for each local authority to determine how its allocations are spent, in line with its priorities.

Supporting People Strategy

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department plans to publish the Supporting People National Strategy; and if she will make a statement. [86092]

Mr. Woolas: I published an initial strategy paper for consultation, “Creating Sustainable Communities”, in November of last year. Following extensive consultation, I published “Supporting Independence: Next Steps in our Supporting People Strategy” on the 11 July this year, which outlined a number of potential areas for development of the programme. A final strategy is currently being developed, and is planned for publication in the autumn.

Training Courses

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on training courses in the most recent year for which figures are available. [86832]

Angela E. Smith: DCLG central spent £3.92million on learning and development activities for the financial year 2005-06

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