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|2000-01 and 2003-04 overall satisfaction (BVPI3) results for all local authorities in England, plus 2006-07 results for single tier and county councils only Taking everything into account how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the way authority run things?|
|(1) No result is available yet because aggregate 2006-07 data for district councils have not been fully validated and published. Similarly, because the 2006-07 average for all councils in England uses single and upper-tier data, this figure is also not available yet.|
These figures were published in a summary report of the 2006-07 BVPI user satisfaction survey results for upper-tier authorities only. This report can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website at:
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the ordnance survey technology tracking system reports from the last 12 months. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the in-house staff magazine of the Ordnance Survey from the last 12 months. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, column 1102W, on parliamentary questions, and further to the evidence given before the Communities and Local Government Committee (HC 106-ii) on 4 December 2006 at Q117, why the revised guidance issued to civil servants on answering parliamentary questions does not specify that questions relating to the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister should be answered in the same way as questions that specifically relate to the Department for Communities and Local Government. 
Each question should be considered on its merits and there is no prohibition on providing information relating to the former ODPM.
2,949 representations, of which 2,836 were contained in petitions, before the opening of the public inquiry into the proposed bridge;
1,819 representations, of which 1,786 were individual letters prepared to a standard format, during the inquiry; and
40 representations following the close of the inquiry.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to the collection of local authority (a) planning or development control and (b) building control data by the Valuation Office Agency for (i) business rate valuations and (ii) council tax valuations have been (A) made, (B) commissioned and (C) undertaken since May 1997. 
Mr. Woolas: There have been no changes since 1997 to the statutory requirement on local authorities to provide information to the Valuation Office Agency. However, the method of transfer of the information has improved because of increasingly better technology.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will take steps to introduce microfinance schemes for individuals to improve the economy in deprived areas. 
The Phoenix Fund, launched in 1999, was a time limited, £40 million fund which pump-primed the establishment of 63 community development finance institutions that serve disadvantaged communities around the country. 4,545 loans with at total value of £34,475,308 were provided by the Phoenix Fund, which closed in 2006. Future funding of CDFIs rests with the RDAs who have received a further £11 million of post-Phoenix transition funding for the 2006 to 2008 period specifically for the community finance sector.
Further assistance with micro-loans is available through the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) which was announced by the Chancellor in his 2005 Budget. It aims to release the economic and productivity potential of the most deprived local areas
across the UK through enterprise and investmentthereby boosting local incomes and employment opportunities, and building sustainable communities.
LEGI is a £300 million programme in the first instance, spread over three years. 15 local authorities have already benefited from the first round. A further 14 local authorities will benefit from the second round. Local authorities that have been successful in securing LEGI funding in rounds one and two may introduce microfinance schemes to encourage entrepreneurship.
Finally, small businesses in disadvantaged areas may seek funding from the Small Firms Loan Guarantee (SFLG). This scheme provides loans from £5,000 upwards to small businesses with viable business plans that are unable to obtain a conventional loan because they do not have collateral or a proven track record. Current monthly usage is around 250 loans with a total value of around £20 million.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2032W, on the Child Trust Fund, what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of parents of children whose Child Trust Fund voucher expired by 31 December 2006 who have not been written to. 
Ed Balls: Following the answer given on 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2032W, the vast majority of parents of children whose voucher expired by 31 December 2006 (including those whose vouchers expired in late December) have been written to with details of the revenue allocated account opened for them. HMRC continue to notify parents about the expiry of their Child Trust Fund vouchers.
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 8 February, transferred to his Department from the Department for Transport, PO Ref: 7/14043/2007. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1430W, on Departments: Manpower (1) which directors the personal assistants work for; and whether any Director has more than one personal assistant; 
Ed Balls: The Cabinets Policy Review Working Groups as well as the series of specific policy reviews set out in chapter 6 of the 2006 pre-Budget report, will inform the Governments preparations for the 2007 comprehensive spending review, which will focus on equipping Britain to meet the challenges of the next decade. On completion of the 2007 CSR, the Government will publish a White Paper setting out their conclusions.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Paymaster Generals written statement of 19 March 2007, whether any concessions were made by the UK Government in return for EU approval of the implementation of the Reverse Charge mechanism in the UK. 
Ed Balls: After discussions with European partners and UK businesses, the Government decided that the derogation should run for two years rather than three, after which the UK can apply for it to be renewed, and that the scope of the reverse charge should be restricted to mobile phones and computer chips which are the goods most commonly used in MTIC fraud.
In addition the Government decided that a de minimis level of £5,000, rather than £1,000 as originally envisaged, is sufficiently low to deter fraud in these goods, while ensuring that those supplying very small quantities of these high value goods do not need to use non-standard VAT accounting rules. Some member states were also particularly concerned about
the fraud moving to them, so we have agreed to enhanced co-operation measures.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any of the benchmarks set out in Afghanistan Compact have been revised; and if she will make a statement. 
Margaret Beckett: The benchmarks set out in the Afghanistan Compact last until 2011. The Joint Co-ordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB), which comprises members of the government of Afghanistan and the international community, was mandated under the Compact to keep all the benchmarks under regular review. To date, some of the deadlines have been revised to take account of developments on the ground. The full details are available on the Afghanistan National Development Strategy's website at www.ands.gov.af under JCMB.
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British Council offices there were in (a) Europe, (b) the Middle East, (c) South and Central America, (d) Africa, (e) North America, (f) Asia and (g) Australasia in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2006. 
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