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Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will break down by programme the expenditure on the European Regional Development Fund initiative in the (a) East Midlands and (b) Eastern region in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Yvette Cooper: East Midlands and the Eastern region both have two European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programmesObjective 2 and Community Initiative Urban II. The total ERDF expenditure by programme for 2005-06 is as follows:
|Total ERDF programme spend by region2005-06|
|Programme||Amount (£ million)|
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will break down by programme the expenditure from the European Regional Development Fund initiative in the (a) South West, (b) West Midlands, (c) Yorkshire and Humberside, (d) South East, (e) North West, (f) North East and (g) London regions in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
|Total ERDF spend by programme: 2005-06|
(a) there were 650 home inspectors who had completed their training, of whom 230 had been issued with their certificate
(b) there were 4,470 candidates still in training
(c) it is not currently possible to provide figures on numbers withdrawing from training as these are collated separately by centres. They are currently dealing with large changes in their candidate pool, with an increase in those joining, together with many wishing to transfer between the courses offered by new awarding bodies and also to the new Domestic Energy Assessor qualification.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will break down the Governments objective for a 200,000 net increase in the number of homes by 2016 by (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas; and if she will make a statement. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) new and (b) higher taxes which increase the costs of providing local authority services will be compensated for by additional central Government funding under her Department's new-burdens principle. 
Mr. Woolas: The Government look at all pressures on local government, including any increased costs through tax changes, and the extent to which they can be managed, when setting the overall level of funding for local authorities. The specific new-burdens principle applies only to policies which impact solely or disproportionately on local government.
Mr. Woolas: The Milton Keynes Prospectus, commonly known as the tariff, is a planning obligation, under the Town and Country Planning Act and covers part of Milton Keynes. The final agreement has yet to be signed by all concerned parties, and until this has been completed the full details of the tariff will not be available.
The Milton Keynes Partnerships Business Plan 2006-07 to 2010-11 explains that Communities and Local Government agreed to English Partnerships forward funding projects within the tariff to a maximum peak funding of £80 million. The business plan also sets out that it expects to raise £311 million from developers of the relevant expansion areas.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister took the decision not to call in the planning application for the Minerva Park Place shopping development in Croydon. 
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on her Department's response to the Office of Fair Trading's report The commercial use of public information. 
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to (a) regional assemblies and (b) Government offices for the regions for 2006-07, broken down by budget heading. 
|(a) Regional assemblies|
|Regional assembly||Single pot||Planning delivery grant (PDG)||Total|
|(b) Government offices for the regions|
|Government office||Administration funding||Programme funding||Total|
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