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Pay

Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the effective date is for pay awards to her Department’s staff; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years. [104698]

Angela E. Smith [holding answer 5 December 2006]: Effective dates for pay awards for senior civil servants (SCS) and non-SCS staff in the Department for Communities and Local Government are 1 April and 1 August, respectively. In the last five years:

Awards are backdated to the effective dates.

Population Statistics

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department’s latest estimates are of (a) net migration and (b) household growth in each Government office region in England in each of the next 20 years. [103972]

Yvette Cooper: The latest estimates of net migration by Government office region were published by the Office for National Statistics as part of the 2004 based Subnational Population Projections. The table is available at:

The latest estimates of household growth are the 2003 based household projections that were published by DCLG. These are available at:

The Department for Communities and Local Government plans to produce updated household projections that take account of the 2004 based subnational population projections.

Recycling

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been paid to local authorities to fund their additional responsibilities for recycling televisions and monitors containing cathode ray tubes; what estimate she has made of the annual amount required to fund this recycling; and what proportion of the total increase of costs to local authorities the extra funding represents. [103124]


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Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.

The English local authorities received an interim payment is £12.269 million as part of the Local Government Settlement for 2006-07 to cover the treatment of separately collected CRTs and fluorescent tubes from 13 August 2005 to 1 June 2006, and ODS equipment from 1 April 2006 until 1 June 2006. They have been asked to provide details of what further costs are being incurred to allow us to make a reasonable assessment of what further funding is requireduntil producers become responsible for these costs under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations, which we expect to lay before the House shortly.

Regional Spatial Strategies

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the Government’s (a) amendment and (b) ratification of each Regional Spatial Strategy. [103837]

Yvette Cooper: The following timetable sets out the Secretary of State’s current plans for publication of proposed changes and the issue of final Regional Spatial Strategies in each of the eight English Regions outside London.

Proposed changes Issue of final RSS

North East

January 2007

June 2007

North West

August 2007

December 2007

Yorkshire and Humberside

April 2007

October 2007

East Midlands

November 2007

May 2008

West Midlands (Phase 1)

July 2007

November 2007

West Midlands (Phase 2)

August 2008

January 2009

East of England

December 2006

May 2007

South East

October 2007

March 2008

South West

February 2008

June 2008


Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with whom within the Fire and Resilience Directorate responsibility for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 will lie. [105881]

Angela E. Smith: Ongoing policy responsibility for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 will transfer from the Fire and Rescue Service Development Division to the Fire and Resilience Policy Division in January 2007.

Renewable Energy

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps the Department has taken since the written ministerial statement of 8 June 2006 on Planning Policy Statement 22 to promote the wider uptake by local planning authorities of planning policies requiring on-site renewable energy; [103321]


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(2) what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its inspectors promote planning policies requiring a minimum target for on site renewable energy in all new developments; [103342]

(3) how many local planning authorities have implemented planning policies requiring on site renewable energy in new developments; [103343]

(4) what steps her Department is taking to ensure that all local and regional planning authorities adopt planning policies requiring on-site renewables in new developments as set out in the written ministerial statement of 8 June 2006. [103344]

Yvette Cooper: Officials have written to all planning authorities enclosing a copy of my June statement and in doing so underlined that those authorities which had not yet taken steps to include such policies in their plans should do so at the next available opportunity. Government offices are active in their regions in encouraging regional planning bodies and planning authorities to bring forward regional spatial strategies and local development documents in line with national policies.

All inspectors who will undertake the examination of development plan documents have had the statement drawn to their attention and made aware of the importance placed by Government on the use of on-site renewable energy. An inspector will check that the planning authority has prepared the development plan document legally and test whether it is ‘sound’. In doing so, the inspector will consider whether the document is consistent with national planning policy. After the examination, the inspector will produce a report with recommendations which will be binding on the authority. Where necessary, the report will set out precise recommendations for how the document must be changed.

All inspectors are familiar with government planning policies, including on renewable energy and their work is subject to periodic monitoring by the Planning Inspectorate.

My June statement confirmed that in the most recent plans scrutinised to-date there had been increasing take-up of the policy in PPS22 to secure the use of on-site renewables in new developments. The statement provided the details of where the review could be viewed on the communities website. Subsequently, the Town and Country Planning Association published their own survey highlighting “an impressive surge in on-site renewable energy policies”. This suggested that more than 170 local authorities were “working up policies to require developers to generate clean, safe energy on-site in new developments”.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of publicly funded buildings likely to be built in the next 12 months that will incorporate (a) solar photovoltaics and (b) other small renewable energy systems. [103966]

Yvette Cooper: No estimate or records are held centrally on the number of publicly funded buildings to be constructed which incorporate solar photovoltaics
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or other small renewable energy systems. The Government expect all planning authorities to include policies in their development plans that require a percentage of the energy in new developments to come from on-site renewables.

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether it is the policy of the Department’s inspectors to write planning policies requiring on-site renewable energy targets into Local Development Frameworks; [104152]

(2) what assessment she has made of the extent to which planning inspectors are applying (a) PPS22 and (b) the requirement for on-site renewable energy in new developments. [104203]

Yvette Cooper: Officials have written to all planning authorities enclosing a copy of my June statement and hi doing so underlined that those authorities which had not yet taken steps to include such policies in their plans should do so at the next available opportunity. Government Offices are active in their regions in encouraging regional planning bodies and planning authorities to bring forward regional spatial strategies and local development documents in line with national policies.

All Inspectors who will undertake the examination of development plan documents have had the statement drawn to their attention and made aware of the importance placed by Government on the use of on-site renewable energy. An Inspector will check that the planning authority has prepared the development plan document legally and test whether it is ‘sound’. In doing so, the Inspector will consider whether the document is consistent with national planning policy. After the examination, the Inspector will produce a report with recommendations which will be binding on the authority. Where necessary, the report will set out precise recommendations for how the document must be changed. All Inspectors are familiar with government planning policies, including on renewable energy and their work is subject to periodic monitoring by the Planning Inspectorate.

My June statement confirmed that in the most recent plans scrutinised to-date there had been increasing take-up of the policy in PPS22 to secure the use of on-site renewables in new developments. The statement provided the details of where the review could be viewed on the Communities website. Subsequently, the Town and Country Planning Association published their own survey highlighting “an impressive surge in on-site renewable energy policies”. This suggested that more than 170 local authorities were “working up policies to require developers to generate clean, safe energy on-site in new developments”.

Research Reports

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the research reports (a) Perceptions of Privacy and Density in Housing and (b) Valuing the Benefits of Undeveloped Land commissioned by her Department. [103855]

Yvette Cooper: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 8 November 2006, Official Report,
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columns 1569W and 1572W. Copies of both these reports were placed in the Library of the House at that time.

Standards Board

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many complaints have been upheld by the Adjudication Panel after being referred by the Standards Board in each year since 2001; [103851]

(2) how many complaints against elected members of (a) local authorities and (b) parish councils in each year between 2001 and 2006 are outstanding at the Adjudication Panel following referral by the Standards Board; [103856]

(3) how many complaints against elected members of (a) local authorities and (b) parish councils referred to the Adjudication Panel by the Standards Board concerned the failure to declare a (i) non-financial interest and (ii) personal interest in each year since its creation; [103857]

(4) how many complaints against elected members of (a) local authorities and (b) parish councils referred to the Adjudication Panel by the Standards Board have taken longer than 12 months to reach a decision in each year since its creation; [103858]

(5) how many complaints have been received by the Standards Board in each year since 2001; [104027]

(6) how many complaints have been referred to the Adjudication Panel by the Standards Board in each year since its creation. [104033]

Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Banbury, (Tony Baldry) on 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 536-538W.

Tablighi Jamaat

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the influence of Tablighi Jamaat on community cohesion in England; and if she will make a statement. [105999]

Angela E. Smith [holding answer 28 November 2006]: No specific assessment has been made on the influence of Tablighi Jamaat, or of other faith organisations, on community cohesion in England.

Valuation Office Agency

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of domestic properties in England with dwellinghouse data are classified by the Valuation Office Agency with a dwellinghouse code of (a) Heating Y and (b) Heating N. [103844]


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Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 6 November 2006, Official Report, column 900W.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic properties in England are classified by the Valuation Office Agency with a dwellinghouse code of FC. [103845]

Mr. Woolas: 963,371 (as at 3 November 2006).

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the contract between the Valuation Office Agency and Cole Layer Trumble. [103863]

Mr. Woolas: No such contract exists.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of the techniques of (a) variography and (b) similarity matrices for valuation purposes. [103888]

Mr. Woolas: None.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) property, (b) geo-spatial and (c) geo-demographic attributes are covered by the Valuation Office Agency's dwelling house code of (i) WK: Other building/feature and (ii) EF: Functional/economic factor. [103889]

Mr. Woolas: The Valuation Office Agency's code of WK can be used to flag the existence of a building occupied together with a dwelling, or a feature associated with a dwelling, that might have value significance but is not covered by any other of the value significant codes.

The code EF can be used to flag any functional or economic factor associated with a dwelling that might have value significance.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the Valuation Office Agency gathers data for the property attribute of number of bathrooms to use in its multiple regression analysis within its computer assisted mass appraisal system. [103935]

Mr. Woolas: Data was initially gathered from digitisation of the VGA’s paper-based records and will continue to be collected, as circumstances allow, for new or altered properties as part of its ongoing statutory responsibility to maintain the current council tax valuation lists.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) access to on-street parking spaces and (b) the number of (i) garage spaces and (ii) off-street parking spaces are (A) value significant and (B) dwellinghouse code property attributes in the Valuation Office Agency’s automated valuation model. [104030]


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