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Housing: Valuation

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the joint Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors/Valuation Office Agency guidance note on contractor's basis valuations. [173317]

John Healey: The Joint Professional Institutions’ Rating Valuation Forum produced the guidance note on the Contractor’s Basis. This consisted of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, the Rating Surveyors Association, the Scottish Assessors Association, the Valuation and Lands Agency (Northern Ireland) and the Valuation Office Agency. It is published by RICS Business Services Limited, to provide assistance to surveyors in undertaking methods of rating valuation. As such, the hon. Member and the Library of the House should seek to obtain a copy through the RICS.

Infrastructure Planning Commission: Finance

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to paragraph (iv) on page 32 of the Impact Assessment of the Planning Bill, what (a) factors and (b) methodologies were taken into account in calculating the one-off start-up costs of the Infrastructure Planning Commission. [172804]

John Healey: The Planning Bill Impact Assessment was compiled using standard cost-benefit methodology. Page 32 of the Impact Assessment states that the one-off start-up costs of the Infrastructure Planning Commission are estimated at £5 million. The factors taken into account include the cost of communications start-up activities, recruitment, organisation-specific IT software, and contingencies.

Internet: Protection

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Get Safe On Line campaign. [167120]

Gillian Merron: I have been asked to reply.

The Get Safe Online campaign, a joint Government and industry initiative, has had a significant impact on awareness of internet safety. Following the first phase of the campaign in 2005, research of a representative sample of broadband users in the UK revealed that
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22 per cent. were aware of the campaign. Of those, 40 per cent. said they would change their behaviour and 75 per cent. of those said they would back-up their files. At the end of 2006, the tracking study was repeated and 25 per cent. had heard of the campaign with 52 per cent. saying they would change their behaviour as a result.

The third Get Safe Online week has just been completed this November and further research will be conducted on the campaigns impact at the end of this year. The Internet Safety Week has achieved over 250 items of media coverage including national television and radio as well as giving internet safety advice directly to people through roadshows in six cities across the UK.

Licensed Premises

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which of (a) her Department’s and (b) her Department’s agencies’ buildings have premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003. [174457]

Mr. Dhanda: In relation to Communities and Local Government’s premises, a licence is held by the Eland Darts Club which is located in Eland House, Victoria, London. This forms part of the Department’s sports and recreation association (SPARTA).

In relation to Communities and Local Government’s agencies’ premises, a licence is held by Operon for the Fire Service College at Moreton in Marsh, for the provision of bar facilities for delegates attending residential courses. A licence is also held by the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

Local Authorities: Publications

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the total cost was of producing the pamphlet pack entitled Combating Misinformation - Fact Cards for Local Authorities; [172791]

(2) what the distribution list was of the pamphlet pack entitled Combating Misinformation - Fact Cards for Local Authorities; [172788]

(3) how many copies were produced of the pamphlet pack entitled Combating Misinformation - Fact Cards for Local Authorities. [172790]

John Healey: The cost of producing 9,000 “Combating Misinformation—Fact Cards for Local Authorities” packs was £4,110. The packs were distributed to: local authorities in England; the Local Government Association; and Government Offices for the English Regions.

Local Government

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written statement of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 65WS, on local government, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of restructured councils that cross shire county boundaries on local identities; and of the likely levels of popular support for such councils. [173093]


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John Healey [holding answer 11 December 2007]: It will be for the Boundary Committee to consider these matters to the extent that the Committee judges them to be relevant to their providing the advice requested by the Secretary of State.

Local Government Finance

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much each unitary local authority received per head in each of the last seven years for which figures are available, in ascending order. [167164]


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John Healey: I have deposited in the Library of the House tables showing the information on central Government funding per head for each unitary local authority from 2000-01 to 2006-07.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average grant per capita allocated to each unitary authority was in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. [170873]

John Healey: Information on central Government funding per head allocated to each unitary authority from 1997-98 to 2006-07 is in the following table.


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Central G overnment funding per head by unitary authority from 1997-98 to 2006-07
£ per head
1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Bath and North East Somerset UA

493

512

536

565

603

622

718

724

770

810

Bristol UA

578

606

641

695

720

111

926

933

1,004

1,040

South Gloucestershire UA

465

493

522

565

622

631

713

736

796

837

North Somerset UA

490

510

521

562

595

635

734

748

806

842

Luton UA

670

711

754

836

886

948

1,083

1,138

1,195

1,249

Bracknell Forest UA

(1)

503

535

568

607

617

697

760

768

818

West Berkshire UA

(1)

537

547

617

652

674

794

821

892

912

Reading UA

(1)

554

582

633

663

711

841

877

938

951

Slough UA

(1)

762

829

927

946

980

1,134

1,192

1,257

1,277

Windsor and Maidenhead UA

(1)

478

618

524

573

590

833

850

905

723

Wokingham UA

(1)

410

461

487

513

515

587

638

738

721

Milton Keynes UA

595

618

657

689

757

753

863

906

1,012

1,067

Peterborough UA

(1)

718

745

815

888

905

1,014

1,059

1,133

1,291

Halton UA

(1)

745

805

870

930

992

1,141

1,197

1,260

1,340

Warrington UA

(1)

564

601

645

691

718

841

868

917

973

Hartlepool UA

720

768

835

904

967

1,055

1,204

1,255

1,309

1,382

Middlesbrough UA

799

794

908

997

1,032

1,106

1,273

1,235

1,381

1,391

Redcar and Cleveland UA

674

718

761

824

903

991

1,177

1,164

1,226

1,314

Stockton-on-Tees UA

635

673

724

769

827

891

1,000

1,004

1,082

1,117

Derby City UA

622

666

703

766

839

882

1,062

1,057

1,128

1,241

Plymouth UA

(1)

714

742

800

850

874

985

1,014

1,061

1,103

Torbay UA

(1)

631

649

726

730

774

905

921

983

1,028

Poole UA

459

478

517

553

592

581

687

694

733

783

Bournemouth UA

575

589

610

658

687

752

880

878

918

955

Darlington UA

581

614

659

717

769

835

920

955

1,027

1,110

Brighton and Hove UA

610

647

674

724

773

843

980

997

1,029

1,057

Southend-on-Sea UA

(1)

654

701

776

848

889

985

1,010

1,067

1,120

Thurrock UA

(1)

615

663

720

772

866

971

1,001

1,046

1,064

Portsmouth UA

630

686

720

774

813

880

979

1,002

1,090

1,118

Southampton UA

630

662

699

771

814

858

994

1,020

1,084

1,075

Herefordshire UA

(1)

494

529

573

621

681

776

828

885

901

East Riding of Yorkshire UA

524

545

586

626

655

684

784

798

842

876

Kingston upon Hull UA

735

780

838

914

995

1,058

1,187

1,193

1,252

1,299

North East Lincolnshire UA

647

694

746

805

871

911

1,080

1,092

1,117

1,238

North Lincolnshire UA

622

641

664

719

758

818

933

925

995

1,066

Isle of Wight UA

585

630

652

696

763

798

903

964

1,012

1,066

The Medway Towns UA

(1)

652

683

740

782

817

913

938

990

1,045

Blackburn with Darwen UA

(1)

789

847

905

982

1,057

1,244

1,295

1,407

1,476

Blackpool UA

(1)

675

728

792

854

940

1,082

1,117

1,191

1,249

Leicester City UA

788

803

846

913

969

1,071

1,247

1,316

1,376

1,420

Rutland UA

463

474

487

504

575

627

674

693

747

790

York UA

464

480

512

552

581

616

714

718

755

780

City of Nottingham UA

(1)

738

808

869

937

998

1,196

1,327

1,378

1,432

Telford and the Wrekin UA

(1)

605

650

697

736

785

912

951

1,044

1,098

Stoke-on-Trent UA

604

661

723

806

832

933

1,061

1,111

1,195

1,249

Swindon UA

516

546

579

650

687

713

826

860

932

960

(1) Not relevant. Notes: 1. Central Government funding is defined here as the sum of formula grant (Revenue support grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and specific grants inside aggregate external finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services. In past years, where applicable the standard spending assessment reduction grant and central support protection grants have also been included. 2. Figures exclude grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for authorities' core services, but is passed to a third party, for example, rent allowances and rebates), capital grants, funding for the local authorities' housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area. 3. Population figures used in the calculation are the Office for National Statistics (ONS) mid-year population estimates for respective year. 4. Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changing local authority responsibilities. Source: Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) returns

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