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Mr. Allen: To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 11 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative programme, what discussions she has had with the Chairs of Select Committees and the Liaison Committee on making all Bills subject to pre-legislative scrutiny. 
Helen Goodman: I have had no discussions with the Liaison Committee or other select committees on this point since the Prime Minister's statement, but the subject of pre-legislative scrutiny of Bills is one which has arisen in previous exchanges with the Liaison Committee. My right hon. Friend expects to meet the Liaison Committee in the autumn.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 11 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative programme, how many Bills she is preparing for pre-legislative scrutiny in the new Session; and if she will make it her policy that all Bills will be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny unless a particular reason is given for a Bill not being so subject. 
Helen Goodman: It is hoped to announce the planned draft Bills for next session at the beginning of the session in the normal way. Plans for draft Bills are more tentative than those for Bills expected to be introduced into the main programme and it is too soon to give an indication of a likely number of such Bills at this stage. Some indication of Bills being considered for publication in draft is given in Chapter 3 of the White Paper on the Government's Draft Legislative Programme (Cm 7175, P19).
As I indicated to the hon. Member in answer to an earlier question at Official Report 25 July 2007 column 1122, the Government endeavour to subject Bills to pre-legislative scrutiny, where timing and other constraints allow. Where a Bill is introduced which has not been published in draft the reasons for this will frequently be clear.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions since November 2006 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with representatives of the Jewish community to discuss anti-Semitism in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Dhanda: Ministers and officials have had a number of meetings with representatives of the Jewish community since November 2006. Discussions have been on a range of issues affecting the Jewish community, including anti-Semitism.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding local authorities received for (a) coastal and (b) flood defences in the latest period for which figures are available. 
£14 million for direct local authority expenditure on coast protection;
£21 million for direct local authority expenditure on flood risk management;
£27 million in connection with levies paid by local authorities to internal drainage boards;
£23 million for levies paid to the Environment Agency. These help to fund agency works that are of local importance but do not meet national prioritisation criteria.
Local authorities carry out works to manage flood risk on less critical watercourses and sea defences in some areas (flood defence) and are responsible for works to protect against coastal erosion (coast protection). However, the Environment Agency is the principal operating authority with responsibility for flood risk management in England from both rivers and the sea.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will make an assessment of the merits of allowing local authorities to build council houses without recourse to independent registered social landlords. 
Mr. Iain Wright
[holding answer 23 July 2007]: On 23 July we published a Housing Green Paper which sets out the Government's plans to enhance the role of local authorities in securing the supply of social
housing. It includes opportunities for councils to take more of a direct role in the delivery of new affordable homes.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (1) pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 152W-3W, on Departments: contracts, if she will place in the Library the data compiled for the European Commission to which the Answer refers; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 152W-3W, on Departments: contracts, how much was spent on contracts awarded to external suppliers by public bodies sponsored by her Department in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The following table displays data compiled for the European Commission for calendar years ending 31 December 2003, 2004 and 2005 by Communities and Local Government. This listing includes those contracts of an estimated value above the threshold of the procurement regulations, entered into by Communities and Local Government and its affiliated, autonomous organisations.
The data provided for the year ending 2005 also shows the type of activity contracted for, a brief description of the contract based on the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) code, the type of procurement procedure adopted and the total value of the contract.
|Data from Communities EC statistical r eturn to OGC.|
|Calendar y ear ending 31 Dec 05||Activity||Type of c ontract||Procedure||Value|
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