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Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will (a) make and (b) place in the Library an assessment of the effects on the UK of membership of the EU since 1973. 
The Governments assessments of the positive effects on the UK of EU membership have been set out on many occasions including in Parliamentary debates, speeches and publications. Membership of the EU has brought significant benefits to the UK, for example in terms of wealth, jobs, peace and security. British engagement in Europe is vital to Britains national interests and assists us in achieving
our policy goals. As part of the EU, the UK is better able to deal with global issues like the environment and world trade, and tackle problems like crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.
As these assessments are already publicly available, including in information on the Governments www.europe.gov.uk website, the Government have no plans to produce a separate assessment at this time.
Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any UN Resolutions requiring action by the UK Government have not been complied with; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: As a longstanding, committed and active member of the UN, the UK takes seriously all resolutions which are adopted by UN bodies. While the majority of these resolutions do not give rise to binding obligations, they are important expressions of the international communitys opinion on an issue. Only the UN Security Council can adopt binding resolutions. The Government considers that it is acting in compliance with all such legally-binding resolutions applicable to the UK.
Mr. Hoon: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office employs 13,592 staff in its missions overseas, of which 2,897 are UK-based and 10,695 are locally employed. UK-based staff are British citizens. We do not hold central records on the nationality of local staff. It would not be possible to obtain this information without incurring disproportionate cost.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1374W, to the hon. Member for Milton Keynes, South-West (Dr. Starkey), on war crimes, for what reasons she has been reviewing the legal and practical issues raised by the issue of arrest warrants in international cases; and whether she has reached any conclusions. 
The Government have been reviewing the legal and practical issues relating to the issue of arrest warrants in international cases in the light of experience of such cases in recent years, but we have not yet completed our consideration of these matters. Any proposals to change the legislation would be laid before Parliament in the normal way.
Mr. Woolas: Local authorities are no longer required to submit Property Performance Indicators information to the Department or the regional Government Offices. Although not required to submit this information, local authorities should continue to collect and use these Performance Indicators to help them to effectively manage their assets.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. 
Angela E. Smith: The Governments estimate is given in the regulatory impact assessment that accompanied the Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 when they were laid before the House. I have placed copies of that assessment in the Library.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made with the cross-cutting review of infrastructure requirements for housing as part of the comprehensive spending review announced by her Department on 20th June 2006. 
The Government's response to the Barker Review announced the Government would conduct an HM Treasury led CSR07 Policy Review into Supporting Housing Growth to determine the infrastructure implications of housing growth in different spatial forms and locations, establish a framework for sustainable and cost-effective patterns of growth, and ensure that departmental resources across government are targeted appropriately to support growth. The review is ongoing and will report to Treasury Ministers ahead of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.
David Lepper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what measures her Department has taken to ensure consistency in the fees charged for securing public sector information from local authorities in the UK; 
Mr. Woolas: It is for each local authority to ensure that it complies with all the applicable statutory requirements about the provision of information. The Department for Communities and Local Government has no role in the enforcement and monitoring of such compliance.
David Lepper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans her Department has to ensure that local authorities implement the recommendations of the Office of Fair Tradings report on public sector information; 
Mr. Woolas: The Government welcome the Office of Fair Tradings report on public sector information and is continuing to study the detail and potential impacts before responding to the recommendations. The Government plan to respond shortly after the local and devolved administrations elections.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued on whether local authorities should invite local hon. Members to (a) area forums and (b) Strategic Partnership Board meetings; and if she will make a statement. 
the membership, structure and scope of an LSP should reflect both its aims and the breadth of issues that fall within its scope. The precise membership of any partnership will depend on local circumstances and priorities; but LSPs will only be effective if their core membership includes the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.
However, as I emphasised in the recent Commons Committee debate on the Local Government and Public involvement in Health Bill (22 February 2007), the role of Members of Parliament in LSPs and local area agreements in particular is rising up the policy agenda. Members of Parliament have unique experience both of the issues faced by local people and an understanding of the key national priorities and as such their involvement in LAAs will be critical.
Successful applications for capitalisation in 2006-07 were approved at 57.19 per cent. of the amount applied for. This took into account the Secretary of States consideration of the effect on the national economy of granting capitalisation directions to local authorities in England for expenditure incurred in the financial year that began on 1 April 2006. The method chosen was considered to be simple, transparent and fair to all authorities. The only exceptions to this were to applications from two authorities where the Government have used its intervention or engagement powers, and whose applications were agreed earlier in the year as part of a wide ranging package of measures aimed at rebuilding the capacity of the authorities to deliver effective services. We are currently discussing a package of sector-led support to help drive forward improvement in Stoke.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average value was of grants awarded to (a) unitary and (b) county councils in England in addition to their local government financial settlement in each of the last five years. 
|Average value of specific grants inside aggregate external finance|
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Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn returns.
The figures exclude grants outside aggregate external finance (i.e. where funding is not for an authoritys core services, but is passed to a third party; for example, as in the case of mandatory student awards), capital grants, funding for local authorities housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which grants were awarded to councils in (a) Poole, (b) Bournemouth and (c) Dorset in addition to their local government financial settlement in each of the last five years; and what the value was of each award. 
Mr. Woolas: Information on grants awarded to Poole UA, Bournemouth UA and Dorset CC in addition to their local government financial settlement in each of the last five years has been made available in a table which has been placed in the Library of the House.
The figures exclude grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for an authoritys core services, but is passed to a third party; for example, as in the case of mandatory student awards), capital grants, funding for local authorities housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to each London borough for the purposes of increasing local government efficiency since 2005. 
Angela E. Smith: Funding to support efficiency in local authorities is distributed to nine Regional Centres of Excellence (RCEs), including the London RCE. Funding for individual projects, many of which operate across local authority boundaries, are decided by the RCE Board. Each RCE has its own local governance arrangements for supporting authorities to achieve efficiency gains.
Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the potential role of Leicester in the Olympic Games. 
DCMS are working closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Nations and Regions Group (NRG), which supports local representatives, from business and the community, in planning how to maximise the impact of the games in their area.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to provide local authorities with additional support for parents with learning difficulties to care for their children. 
The Department will shortly be publishing good practice guidance on working with parents with learning disabilities. One of the purposes of this guidance is to help services to improve their support for parents with a learning disability and their children. The guidance will be aimed at both adults and childrens services.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that the funding formula for adult social services takes account of (a) trends in the level of demand for the services in an area and (b) demographic trends in an area, with particular reference to West Hertfordshire. 
(a) Adult social services in West Hertfordshire are provided by Hertfordshire county council. The social services funding formulae are based on recent evidence of the relative need for social services across England. The current formulae draw on a 2005 survey of 18 local authorities who provide social services. Looking to the future, we are working with local government as part of the spending review process to ensure that demand for social services, and other cost pressures, are adequately funded.
(b) There are two adult social services formulae; one for younger adults social services and another for older peoples social services. Each formula is calculated using the number of people in the relevant age group in each council area, and a range of relevant socio economic characteristics. For example the younger adults social services formula is calculated using the following data:
Projected resident population aged 18 to 64
Adults in receipt of disability living allowance aged l8 to 64
People who have never worked or are long term unemployed
People in routine occupations
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