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John Healey: The number of non-domestic hereditaments shown in the Rating Lists of England, under the description of Communication Station as at 26 September 2007 is 27,428. This figure includes all mast sites including mobile, telecommunications and broadcast sites. A break down to show the numbers of mobile phone sites could be delivered only at a disproportionate cost.
Mr. Iain Wright: In June 2001 the Department (then DETR), the LGA, Shell Better Britain Campaign and the GLA jointly published a Growing in the Community: A Good Practice Guide for the Management of Allotments' for local authoritiesa free copy was circulated to all local authorities. The aim of the guide was to raise standards in the provision, management and care of allotments and the guide has a section on public liability insurance. The guide recommends that local authorities obtain further advice on public liability from representative bodies such as the National Society of Allotments and Leisure Gardeners who provide free legal advice to members.
More general advice on health and safety on allotments is available in Allotments: A Plot Holders Guide' which was published by the Department in June 2007, and in the Health and Safety facts sheet published by the Allotment Regeneration Initiative.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) approvals and (b) rejections of the sale or disposal of allotments under the Allotments Act 1925 have been made by her and her predecessor since May 2007. 
Former allotment land at Hollin Lane/Rochdale Road, Middleton, Rochdale.
Turnsdale Allotment, County Durhamsale of one allotment plot which is continuing as an allotment.
Days Field, Breckland5.09 acres (replacement sites have been made available).
Shoulder of Mutton, Breckland3.47 acres (replacement sites have been made available).
South Acton Estate, Ealing, London.
Finnigan Road Allotment, Plymouthsale of an 0.1 acre overgrown vacant plot for addition to garden of adjoining house.
Whitton Church Land field, Ipswich (land not used for allotment purposes since before 1985)to provide more football pitches in the locality.
Bucklands Way Allotments, Sutton, Londontemporary one year licence for occupation of land/hut which forms part of the allotment site.
Church Fields Allotments Land, Surrey Heathland given over to additional burial ground.
Carshalton Athletic FC, War Memorial Sports Ground, Sutton, London.
Mr. Iain Wright: Based on data derived from the Survey of English Housing it is estimated that over the period 2003-04 to 2005-06 an average of 62,000 households living in council housing in London were in overcrowded conditions, as defined by the Bedroom Standard.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average waiting time was for council housing in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Information on average waiting time on a housing list for households is not held centrally. While information is collected centrally on the number of households on local authority housing waiting lists, which is given in the annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA), there is no indication of average time spent on a waiting list.
The accuracy of the list also depends on the extent to which housing authorities keep the register up-to-date, e.g. some people might already have found housing, yet remain on the list. It is also important to bear in mind that not everyone on the waiting list will necessarily be in urgent housing need. It will also include those who consider social housing as their preferred choice, or one of a number of housing options.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the council tax collection rates of (a) Gravesham, (b) other councils in Kent and (c) other councils in the South East Government Office in the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Dhanda: The collection and enforcement of council tax is a matter for individual billing authorities. Communities and Local Government has made no assessment of the collection rates in the last 10 years for Gravesham, other councils in Kent or other councils in the South East. Across England, in-year collection of council tax rose for the seventh successive year in 2006-07, to 96.9 per cent. of the total collectable.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1629W, on departmental travel, what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of the visits to (i) the US and (ii) Kenya; and how many staff went on each visit. 
Hazel Blears: The visit to the US cost £7,021 and was for two staff to share best practice with policy and law enforcement practitioners and community organisations working on integration/cohesion and preventing violent extremism and to deliver two lectures on these subjects.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 957W, on Departments: Legislation, which (a) sections and (b) schedules of the specified acts have (i) been repealed and (ii) not been brought into force. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Pursuant to the answer given on 24 July, Official Report, column 957W, provisions in acts sponsored by Communities and Local Government not yet in force or repealed are set out in the following table.
|Statute in force||Provisions not yet in force||Repealed provisions|
s.63, s.123, s.199, s.302, s.405, s.406, s.408, s.411, s.413 (in force only in so far as the section concerns any power of a minister to make regulations or an order); s.287(2); s.325 (in force only to the extent that it relates to para. 106 of Sch.1 and paras.69, 84(1), (3) and 105 of Sch.27); s.423 (in force only to the extent that it relates to Sch.34); Sch.27 (only para. 106 in force); Sch.32
s.21(3) and (4), s.52(7), s.66, s.86(3), s.108(2), s.111-118, s.136(1), s.175(4), s.201, s.203, s.204, s.219, s.235(2)(h), s.235(3)(d) and (e), s.235(6), s.242(9), s.252(1), s.283(2) and (4), s.284, s.286, s.310(2), s.326, s.330, s.337(10), s.352(3)(b), s.353(3), s.361, s.378(11)(e), s.391, s.425(3)
s.104-122, s.124-131, 132(1)-(5), s.133 (all of which are not in force in England). Sch.11 paras. 15 and 16, Sch.15 para. 7(3)(b) and (4)(b), Sch.15 para. 37(2)(c) and (d), Sch.15 para.45(2)(a). Sch.16 brought into force only in relation to England (by SIs 2005/326, 2066/1060 and 2007/1068) and Wales (SIs 2005/1814 and 2006/1535)
Overall responsibility for the Department and its policies, including departmental strategic objectives (DSOs); public service agreement (PSA) targets; comprehensive spending review settlement
Empowering communities and citizens
Lead responsibility for: housing policy and programmes (Homebuy and shared ownership, low and zero-carbon housing, eco-towns, homelessness, HMR pathfinders, social housing, HIPs), including housing elements of the comprehensive spending review and PSAs; and planning reform (town and country planning); and representing the Department in Cabinet on these areas of policy
Physical and housing-related regeneration and sponsor minister for new Homes Agency implementation
Housing and Regeneration Bill
Urban policy and design
Sustainable development and climate change: including the code for sustainable homes and building regulations
Minister for the Thames Gateway, new growth points and growth areas
Olympics legacy issues
Lead responsibility for local government policy and finance, including local government pensions and Supporting People
Cities and regions (including lead minister for the Greater London Authority Bill)
Neighbourhood renewal and tackling disadvantage (including neighbourhood renewal fund; new deal for communities; LEGI)
Planning for major infrastructure, and the Planning Bill
Resilience and recovery from flooding
Overview of fire and rescue service
Community engagement and empowerment; Quirk review
Overview of liveability
Joint Chair of the London Resilience Forum
Cohesion (including joint chair of Migration Impacts Forum)
Preventing violent extremism
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