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Ruth Kelly: My Department has made considerable progress over the last year in delivering a range of commitments as set out in the Respect Action Plan. For example, earlier this month my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and I announced new regulations which will give arms length management organisations and tenant management organisations powers to apply for antisocial behaviour orders.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has to recommend, commission or request strategic reviews of green belt boundaries following the publication of the Barker report on land use planning; 
(2) what plans she has to amend (a) Planning Policy Guidance Note 2 (PPG2), (b) Planning Policy Statement on town centres (PPS6) and (c) regional spatial strategies in relation to the green belt in response to the Barker report on land use planning. 
Yvette Cooper: Kate Barker published the final report of her independent review of land use planning in England on 5 December 2006. The Government have welcomed her report and we are currently considering her recommendations in discussion with stakeholders before setting out a response.
The Government believe that existing green belt policy has served us well and we are not convinced that substantial policy changes are needed. The planning system needs to be fit for the 21st century and able to respond to pressing needs. It must do this through real consultation with communities, and with a proper assessment of environmental impacts. The Government will consider its response to Kate Barker's review in this light.
We will set out in a White Paper in the spring our proposals in response to Kate Barker's recommendations for improving the speed, responsiveness and efficiency of land use planning. In the meantime, the Government are interested to hear responses to the report.
Richard Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change there has been in band D council tax since 1997-98 in (a) the London borough of Croydon and (b) England. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expenditure of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on (a) stress audits, (b) leadership training, (c) life coaches, (d) anger management training and (e) psychologists was in 2005-06. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which statistics are used to determine whether her Departments public service agreement (PSA) targets have been met, broken down by PSA target; and which of these statistics are classified as national statistics. 
Angela E. Smith [holding answer 15 January 2007]: The Department for Communities and Local Governments public service agreements incorporate technical notes which contain information about the statistics used to monitor progress. The technical notes can be accessed using the following URL:
A report by the independent Statistics Commission entitled PSA Targets: the Devil in the Detail, which was published on 20 March 2006, sets out for each Departments PSA targets whether the statistics used to monitor those targets are classified as national statistics. Copies of that report are available in the Library of the House and can also be accessed using the following URL:
Meg Munn: A list of Gypsy and Traveller sites provided by local authorities and registered social landlords in England is published by the Department for Communities and Local Government twice yearly.
Copies of the latest publication, Gypsy and Traveller sites provided by local authorities and RSLs in England19th July 2006, have been deposited in the Library of the House. An electronic version is also available on the Departments website at
Yvette Cooper: The Secretary of State and other Ministers in the Department are involved in ongoing discussions regarding the creation of local energy generation schemes with other Departments and stakeholders as part of the work to deliver zero carbon homes within ten years.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Citizen Service Partnership led by Bedfordshire county council. 
Mr. Woolas: The Citizen Service Partnership led by Bedfordshire county council sought to provide the citizens of Bedfordshire with access to a vast range of information and services provided by Luton and Bedfordshire, their associate partners and third parties, via a single point of contact. My Department is aware that the Serious Fraud Office is conducting an investigation into the effectiveness of the project. The Serious Fraud Office will let my Department have a report once it has completed its investigation.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will meet a delegation from South Lakeland district council to discuss the local government finance settlement. 
Mr. Woolas: I announced our final decisions on the 2007-08 local government finance settlement on 18 January 2007. As the second year of a multi-year settlement, it had always been clear that Government did not intend to change the 2007-08 settlement from that announced in January 2006 other than in exceptional circumstances. This is in line with Government's policy on three-year settlements, as I announced to the House on 19 July 2005, Official Report, column 60WS.
As part of their response to the recent consultation on the 2007-08 settlement, South Lakeland district council requested an official level meeting to discuss future settlements, and arrangements for this meeting are currently going ahead.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) destination and (b) cost to the public purse was of each foreign trip undertaken by junior Ministers in her Department and its predecessor in the 2006-07 financial year. 
Angela E. Smith: All ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the ministerial code and Travel by Ministers. Since 1999, the Government have published, on an annual basis, a list of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 and the total cost of all ministerial travel. Information for 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006. Information for 2006-07 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year in the Library of the House.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which organisations or individuals the Preventing Extremism Unit has made grants of less than £100,000 since its inception. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the plot size of a domestic dwelling's (a) building and (b) curtilage around the building is entered as numeric data in the Valuation Office Agency's multiple regression formulas in its automated valuation model for council tax valuations. 
Mr. Woolas: Yes, where the plot size is larger than average for the property concerned. But this may not prove to be value-significant in any given locality as the model records and analyses whether the market itself differentiates in any way.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what property attributes and datasets the Valuation Office Agency's market comparable reporting tool licensed from Rightmove holds. 
Mr. Woolas: Market Comparable Reporting Tool is the name given by Rightmove.co.uk plc to its database of properties that were advertised for sale on the Rightmove website. The Valuation Office Agency has access to this information, which for each property was freely available publicly for the period during which it was being marketed.
Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Prime Ministers Office began to measure its carbon emissions; what the volume of those emissions was in the last period for which figures are available; when the Office started to offset those emissions; what the cost is expected to be of offsetting the Offices emissions; and if she will make a statement. 
Hilary Armstrong: For these purposes, the Prime Ministers Office forms part of the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office began to measure carbon emissions from its buildings in 2005-06 and from business air travel in 2004-05.
The volume of building emissions in the last period for which figures are available is 2,031 tonnes. Efforts to reduce future building emissions will be as part of a wider strategy and hierarchy of actions starting with reducing emissions, using renewable energy and offsetting the remaining balance as part of a cross-Government offsetting scheme.
Since l April 2006, the Cabinet Office is offsetting official and ministerial business travel as part of its commitment to the Carbon Offsetting of Government Air Travel initiative and as a participant in the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF). Flights by the Prime Minister have been offset since 1 April 2005.
The GCOF aims to fulfil the Prime Ministers commitment to carbon offset all official air travel in central Government and will be available for all central Government Departments to offset emissions from their official air travel in a simple and cost effective manner, as well as ensuring high environmental integrity. The anticipated contribution which the Cabinet Office would need to make to offset air travel emissions over the three-year period covered by the GCOF is £16,530.
Mr. Galloway: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what dates Ministers in her Department made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and (c) Waltham Forest in each year since 1997. 
Hilary Armstrong: To search diary records prior to May 2005 and identify detailed information would incur disproportionate cost. However, since May 2005 Ministers in this Department have visited the boroughs in question on the following dates:
2 February 2006, 12 April 2006, 1 June 2006, 10 July 2006, 25 July 2006, 11 September 2006, 1 November 2006, 20 November 2006 and, 13 December 2006
14 March 2006 and 12 July 2006
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