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£ per head
Authority 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

City of London

13,974.07

13,336.05

13,658.95

13,990.73

10,892.15

Camden

975.93

1,029.92

1,065.62

1,128.11

649.22

Greenwich

1,024.41

1,141.71

1,191.33

1,273.76

637.32

Hackney

1,227.81

1,349.32

1,406.90

1,529.12

926.93

Hammersmith and Fulham

881.52

933.38

960.60

1,022.59

607.79

Islington

1,144.29

1,231.86

1,276.68

1,361.13

779.20

Kensington and Chelsea

642.46

811.08

811.43

804.81

475.65

Lambeth

973.20

1,062.03

1,109.44

1,184.75

720.99

Lewisham

994.07

1,083.38

1,139.18

1,224.82

654.45

Southwark

1,187.73

1,273.47

1,330.79

1,419.22

818.59

Tower Hamlets

1,587.54

1,652.19

1,699.98

1,835.16

964.30

Wandsworth

756.02

833.61

844.45

875.22

481.47

Westminster

838.59

1,189.86

1,175.91

1,069.94

644.46

Barking and Dagenham

950.49

984.56

1,058.69

1,130.13

489.58

Barnet

586.25

684.46

700.94

735.17

240.81

Bexley

710.29

755.29

786.46

833.38

260.15

Brent

877.72

952.43

973.54

1,053.47

568.01

Bromley

551.10

611.57

630.81

661.23

184.43

Croydon

681.04

742.02

769.71

812.14

306.90

Ealing

742.43

827.53

850.90

918.79

422.17

Enfield

815.37

861.06

897.12

952.19

351.52

Haringey

990.07

1,071.42

1,086.46

1,143.28

583.70

Harrow

623.92

707.04

737.48

789.50

278.34

Havering

619.26

687.16

720.61

754.58

209.03

Hillingdon

647.95

749.14

786.76

844.87

286.72

Hounslow

792.16

859.34

885.70

951.47

381.50

Kingston upon Thames

522.92

585.92

616.03

662.54

208.76

Merton

588.37

648.65

675.70

731.91

307.94

Newham

1,311.56

1,396.40

1,416.75

1,514.26

742.24

Redbridge

753.08

795.06

828.45

882.46

326.06

Richmond upon Thames

412.06

503.07

512.91

537.24

126.87

Sutton

635.30

702.69

754.39

815.00

263.32

Waltham Forest

932.00

991.33

1,022.27

1,080.25

492.69


London Mayor

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much extra funding the Government plan to provide to the Greater London Authority to finance the new responsibilities of the London Mayor. [86781]

Mr. Woolas: In line with our policy of meeting net new burdens costs, the Government are committed to meeting reasonable net additional costs falling on the GLA as a result of its new responsibilities.

Mineral Extraction

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on applications for mineral extraction operations in areas of outstanding natural beauty. [88345]

Meg Munn: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given today.

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of the impact of quarries on (a) residential areas and (b) areas of outstanding natural beauty; [87249]

(2) what her Department's definition is of an exceptional circumstance, for the purposes of Minerals Policy Statement 2, in which mineral extraction would be allowed in an area of outstanding beauty; [87250]

(3) what steps she has taken to satisfy herself that Minerals Policy Statement 2, on controlling and mitigating the environmental effects of mineral extraction in England, protects areas of outstanding natural beauty from unnecessary and damaging quarrying. [87251]

Meg Munn: Planning guidance to local authorities on planning applications in areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) is set out in Planning Policy Statement (PPS)7 Sustainable Development in Rural Areas. PPS7 states that AONBs confirmed by the Government have the highest standards of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty. Major developments (including mineral working) should not take place in these areas except in exceptional circumstances and applications for such developments should be subject to the most rigorous examination. Major development proposals should be demonstrated to be in the public interest before being allowed to proceed and will need to be assessed against the criteria set out in paragraph 22 of PPS7. However, it will be for local planning authorities to decide on a case by case basis whether exceptional circumstances exist which would allow them to grant planning permission for a minerals development in an AONB.

No recent assessment of the impacts of mineral operations on residential areas or areas of outstanding natural beauty has been undertaken by my Department. Any adverse potential impacts of quarries will need to be considered by mineral planning authorities after applications for planning permission have been submitted. Mineral operators will need to demonstrate to local planning authorities in planning applications including (where appropriate) through the preparation of environmental impact assessments that their proposals are acceptable. Minerals Policy Statement (MPS)2 “Controlling and Mitigating the Environmental Effects of Minerals Extraction in England” stresses that mineral planning authorities should take account of the full range of social, community, economic and environmental issues relevant to the planning decision. Any adverse effects on local communities, environmental damage or loss of amenity must be kept to an acceptable minimum. MPS2 advises mineral planning authorities on the use of appropriate planning conditions, which must be capable of being monitored, to mitigate any environmental impacts. Where adverse environmental effects cannot be adequately controlled or mitigated through the design of proposals or the attachment of conditions, planning permission should be refused.

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will visit Kettering to attend a public meeting to discuss her Department's housing expansion plans for Northamptonshire. [82864]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 6 July 2006]: We consider that Kettering plays an important part in the growth proposals for North Northamptonshire. We are kept regularly updated on development of the plans to take these forward and I chair the regular Milton Keynes and South Midlands Inter Regional Board. In addition, officials are closely involved with the borough council and other partners in bringing forward housing, growth and other agendas. There have already been a number of ministerial visits to North Northamptonshire and more are planned. DCLG Ministers are more than happy to discuss housing development in Kettering with key partners during future visits to Northamptonshire.


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