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Planning Permission: Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club

David Lepper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the impact on Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club of further delays in announcing a decision on its planning application for a community stadium at Falmer; and what the latest date is by which a decision on the matter will be announced. [132905]

Meg Munn: Following the quashing of the original decision on this case in the High Court, representations were sought on a range of issues from interested parties. A number of those representations address the impact on the football club of the lack of a final decision.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State set out her target for making a final decision on this case in her letter of 2 March. That date is 9 July, and there are no plans to amend that date.

Recycling: Birmingham

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the best value performance indicators were for kerbside collection of recyclables for Birmingham for each year since 2004-05; whether the authority is on target to comply with provisions in the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003; and what the figures are for (a) other Metropolitan authorities and (b) the best performing local authorities. [133022]

Mr. Bradshaw: I have been asked to reply.

The best value performance indicator (BVPI) for kerbside collection of recyclables was measured by BVPI 91 in 2004-05. In that year, Birmingham city council reported that 80.6 per cent of its household residents were served by a kerbside recycling collection.

BVPI 91 was revised in 2005-06 to BVPI 91 a and BVPI 91 b, which measure the percentage of household residents served by kerbside recycling collection of (a) one or more recyclables and (b) at least two recyclables.

In 2005-6, Birmingham city council reported that 90.0 per cent. of its household residents were served by kerbside recycling collection of one or more recyclables. 12.2 per cent. were served by collection of two or more recyclables.

Results for BVPI 91 a and BVPI 91 b for 2005-06 for all Metropolitan districts with collection responsibilities are in the following table:


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Metropolitan District BV 91 a BV 91 b

Barnsley

98.0

98.0

Birmingham

90.0

12.2

Bolton

96.9

96.9

Bradford

100.0

52.0

Bury

98.0

67.3

Calderdale

95.4

95.0

Coventry

84.2

71.0

Doncaster

98.8

98.8

Dudley

88.0

88.0

Gateshead

94.5

94.3

Kirklees

88.7

88.7

Knowsley

95.8

95.8

Leeds

90.1

90.1

Liverpool

91.8

91.8

Manchester

83.0

83.0

Newcastle upon Tyne

89.2

89.2

North Tyneside

98.9

98.9

Oldham

95.0

95.0

Rochdale

94.4

94.2

Rotherham

100.0

100.0

Salford

99.5

99.5

Sandwell

85.4

84.5

Sefton

97.0

97.0

Sheffield

89.8

20.7

Solihull

100.0

85.7

South Tyneside

97.5

97.0

St Helens

100.0

100.0

Stockport

94.9

94.7

Sunderland

98.8

97.3

Tameside

100.0

89.1

Trafford

100.0

86.0

Wakefield City

96.7

42.9

Walsall

95.5

95.5

Wigan

99.5

29.1

Wirral

100.0

65.8

Wolverhampton

88.5

88.5


In 2005-06, two Metropolitan districts, Rotherham and St Helens, reported that 100 per cent. of household residents were served by kerbside recycling collection of two or more recyclables. For the same period, 125 of authorities (35.4 per cent.) with waste collection responsibilities reported the same level of kerbside collection in England.

Under the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003, all local authorities in England are required to collect at least two types of recyclable waste from all households in their area by the end of 2010. It is up to each local authority to plan how it fulfils this requirement.

Regeneration: Finance

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much regeneration money has been spent in each constituency since 1997; and what studies have been undertaken to gauge its effectiveness. [134035]

Mr. Woolas: The Department does not record information on regeneration spending by parliamentary constituency and this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

We are committed to understanding the effectiveness of our regeneration programmes and have commissioned a wide range of evaluations in support of this. Evaluations completed or underway include the single regeneration budget, coalfields regeneration programmes, housing market renewal pathfinders and the new deal for communities.

Details of research and evaluation commissioned by Communities and Local Government are available from our research management database (RMD) at:


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Temporary Accommodation

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary’s statement on 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 288WH, on households in temporary accommodation, what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Work and Pensions on extending the pilot Working Future scheme for homeless families. [133731]

Yvette Cooper: Working Future is a pilot led by the Greater London Authority and East Thames Group testing the use of a central block grant to subsidise the cost of procuring temporary accommodation in the private sector, which also promotes affordable rents and allows increased access to employment services and training opportunities for 100 households in three London boroughs. There is ongoing dialogue between my Department and the Department of Work and Pensions regarding ‘Working Future’. An evaluation is under way, the result of which will feed into future policy development in this area.

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will break down by area of expenditure the costs associated with the pilot Working Future scheme for homeless families. [133732]

Yvette Cooper: Households participating in Working Future pay an affordable rent based on the average weekly council rent for the area, the cost of which is met through housing benefit. The remaining housing costs, which reflect the higher rental and management costs associated with temporary accommodation, are funded separately through a direct central Governmentgrant. £2.28 million was made available at the start of the pilot. CLG provided an additional £60,000 in 2006-07 to fund support services to increase employability among homeless households placed in the subsidised temporary accommodation. ‘Working Future is a pilot led by the Greater London Authority and East Thames Group and these and other partner bodies have also contributed.

Urban Areas: Trees

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the loss of street trees was in urban areas in each of the last 10 years. [133405]

Yvette Cooper: A survey of trees in urban areas in England carried out in 2004-05 indicated an overall increase in the number of street trees compared with the situation in 1992. The report of the survey ‘Trees in Towns II’ produced by ADAS and Myerscough College will be published shortly. Copies will be deposited in the House Library.

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to preserve street trees in cities. [133406]

Yvette Cooper: Local authorities are encouraged to produce tree strategies to promote the planting, maintenance and protection of trees in their areas,
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including street trees and to use current best practice. Local authorities also have powers to make tree preservation orders to protect trees where it is considered expedient in the interests of amenity.

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to ensure the implementation by local authorities of the European Landscape Convention, in particular Articles 5(b), 5(c) and Article 6, in relation to street trees. [133407]

Yvette Cooper: National planning policies, including Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development, already recognise the need to provide appropriate protection and enhancement of urban landscapes, which will include street trees, in England, in line with the principal aims of the European Landscape Convention.

Written Questions

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to the question 126225, from the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes, tabled on 5 March, on planning in Milton Keynes. [134187]

Yvette Cooper: I replied to question 126225 on 25 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1190-91W.

Northern Ireland

Childbirth

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many births in Northern Ireland in the last year were to mothers aged (a) 17 years, (b) 16 years, (c) 15 years and (d) under 15 years of age, broken down by health board area. [133915]

Mr. Hanson: The following table gives the number of live- and still-births(1) registered in 2006(3) by age and Health and Social Services Board(2) of residence of mother.

Mother’s age Eastern HSSB Northern HSSB Southern HSSB Western HSSB Northern Ireland

Under 15 years

4

2

0

1

7

15

11

12

4

2

29

16

59

33

11

10

113

17

114

53

38

52

257

(1 )Birth is defined to be either live- or still-birth. Pregnancies which resulted in the birth of twins, triplets or other multiple births are counted twice, three times, etc.
(2 )Births have been allocated to the area of usual residence of the mother based on her postcode. The data include only those births to mothers resident in Northern Ireland at the time of birth.
(3 )Provisional data.

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