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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum number of national indicators is that local authorities will be able to select to set targets for their performance. 
John Healey: The Local Area Agreement (LAA) will consist of local improvement targets which have been designated by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and non-designated local improvement targets which the local authority and its partners may decide to include in the agreement if they consider it necessary. All designated targets will be drawn from the national indicator set and based on the priorities agreed for the local area. The minimum number of designated targets in each agreement has not been specified, but will be subject to negotiation. However, there will be a maximum of 35 in each LAA.
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to issue Hampshire County Council with revised tonnages for sand and gravel extraction for the purposes of formulating the Hampshire Regional Plan; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Dhanda: The South East England Regional Assembly, as the relevant regional planning body, is currently preparing a revised sub-regional apportionment of primary land-won aggregates as a partial review of the draft South East Plan. The Regional Assembly's present timetable envisages that this policy review would be subject to a pre-submission public consultation between May and July 2008, envisages and a final submission of the recommended policy to the Secretary of State in December 2008. There would then be a further public consultation followed by an examination in public in 2009. The date on which the approved revised sub-regional apportionment will be published will depend upon how long this process takes, but we would expect to do so in the second half of 2009.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to schools Forums on the proportion of a local authority's Bellwin threshold costs which they ought to meet from the dedicated schools grant. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Transport for Londons evidence to the public inquiry into the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge estimated that the total funding requirement for the project would be £640.7 million; and that the annual operational cost of the scheme would be between £4.379 million and £5.250 million.
There will be an opportunity to consider any revised evidence that is presented on the cost of the proposed Bridge at the reopened public inquiry, the earliest anticipated date for which is in spring 2009.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the costs of setting up the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission as a non-departmental public body. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Officials are currently developing plans to establish the commission. As these plans are still under development, cost estimates are subject to change and it is therefore not possible to provide the requested information at this time. We expect to have robust cost estimates by the time the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill receives Royal Assent.
|Number leaving unemployment benefits and jobseeker's allowance in Great Britain: January 1992 to September 2007|
| Notes: 1. Figures are unrounded. 2. Jobseeker's allowance was introduced in October 1996 and replaced unemployment benefit. Source: Figures are produced from 100 per cent. monthly flows data available on the NOMIS websitethe preferred data sourceand exclude a small number of clerically held cases.|
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