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Planning: Finance

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessor spent on research, consultancy and preparation costs for planning gains supplement. [176175]

Mr. Iain Wright: The Department has undertaken preliminary work to develop and explore the feasibility of a planning-gain supplement since 2004. This has included the publication of one consultation document alongside the 2006 pre-Budget report. The costs incurred have been borne by the Department as part of the normal policy development process.

Population: Tamworth

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the density of population in the Borough of Tamworth, excluding the flood plain area, is expressed in acres per 100,000 people. [174713]

Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 January 2008:


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Property: Databases

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of billing authorities have established a regularly-maintained link from their Local Land and Property Gazetteer to the National Land and Property Gazetteer. [176756]

Mr. Iain Wright: The National Land and Property Gazetteer is the responsibility of local government's Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and information on this is not held by central Government. Further information on the National Land and Property Gazetteer can be found on the internet at:

Schools: Finance

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether funds raised by the Milton Keynes tariff on developers and landowners may be used for the capital funding of new schools. [175610]

Mr. Dhanda: Yes, the Milton Keynes Tariff makes a significant contribution towards the capital cost of new schools for the expansion areas in Milton Keynes and requires free land to be provided by the developers for school sites in these areas.

The precise amounts towards each school are set out in the Milton Keynes Partnership Committee annual business plan which also details other funding sources.

Home Department

101 Calls

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library copies of letters sent by her Department to Northumbria police authority on the new 101 pilots. [168003]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 26 November 2007]: The letters have now been placed in the House Library.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made by her Department of the level of funding required to roll out each of the 101 non-emergency number pilots under the second wave of the pilot project; and if she will make a statement. [172543]

Mr. McNulty: The Government decided not to proceed with the roll out of the second wave of the 101 single non-emergency number service in October 2006 pending further evaluation of the costs and benefits of the service in the existing five areas. The level of funding requested by each of the potential second wave areas to implement the 101 service was set out in proposals submitted by each police and council partnership at that time and was as follows:


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Partnership proposed implementation cost (£000)

Kent

2,635

Nottinghamshire

2,193

South Yorkshire

2,523

Dorset

1,530

London

10,601

Wiltshire

2,000

Lincolnshire

1,842

Leicestershire

1,972

Lancashire

2,525

Surrey

2,021

Cumbria

1,400

Essex

3,598

Wales

3,428

Hertfordshire

2,250

Total

40,518


Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been committed by her Department for maintaining the national 101 telephony infrastructure; and if she will make a statement. [172544]

Mr. McNulty: The Home Office has committed £1 million per annum over the next CSR period to maintain the national 101 telephony infrastructure enabling local areas to maintain or develop their own locally funded 101 service.

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been allocated by her Department for each 101 non-emergency number pilot in each month since their initiation, broken down by relevant police force area; and if she will make a statement. [172545]

Mr. McNulty: From initiation to the current financial quarter, the Home Office has allocated the following funding amounts as agreed with each 101 partnership area to meet their specific implementation and operation requirements (allocations are based on those costs scheduled to be claimed for the periods set out rather than by each month):

£
Police force area 31 December 2005 to 31 March 2006 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 1 April 2007 to 31 December 2007

Northumbria

958,300

2,481,133

841,323

South Yorkshire

403,798

1,343,899

744,437

Hampshire

1,633,500

1,068,567

1,147,424

Leicestershire

568,491

2,230,389

1,443,206

South Wales

1,065,221

2,568,124

1,977,420


Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of the non-emergency 101 telephone number pilots was. [173155]

Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 362W, to the hon. Member for Hornchurch (James Brokenshire).


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Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls there have been to the new 101 service in each of the local authority areas in the Northumbria Police Authority area (a) in total and (b) per head of population. [170301]

Mr. McNulty: As of 7 November 2007 there have been a total number of 248,949 calls made from the public to the 101 service in the Northumbria police authority area since the service was launched on 3 July 2006. From incident data created as a result of these calls, it is estimated that (a) the number of calls in total and (b) the number of calls expressed as a percentage of the population calling on an annualised basis in each of local authority areas in the Northumbria police authority area are as follows:

Local authority area Estimated number of calls received by Northumbria 101 for each LA area since launch Estimated percentage of population (2001 Census) calling 101 on annual basis

Alnwick

2,441

5.76

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

1,986

5.61

Blyth Valley

16,834

15.18

Castle Morpeth

5,266

7.87

Gateshead

32,631

12.51

Newcastle City

57,645

16.28

North Tyneside

34,815

13.31

South Tyneside

27,951

13.41

Sunderland

49,102

12.82

Tynedale

3,648

4.55

Wansbeck

16,631

19.94


Airwave Radio System

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will write to the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Authority urging them to agree protocols with non-Home Office constabularies in London to allow them to access the Airwave Radio System; [173237]

(2) what guidance her Department has issued to chief officers of police with regard to making the Airwave Radio System available to non-Home Office constabularies; and if she will list those non-Home Office police organisations which (a) do and (b) do not have access to the Airwave Radio System. [173238]

Mr. McNulty: For a non-Home Office police force to gain access to the Airwave Radio System, they must make an application to the Office of Communications (Ofcom). If this is granted, the force concerned would then be in a position to communicate with the emergency services that also use the network.

The relevant local Home Office police force would then determine how they need to interoperate, basing this decision on national security assurance standards.

Non-Home Office police organisations that do have access to the Airwave Radio System are:


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A comprehensive list of those non-Home Office police organisations without access to the Airwave Radio System is not available.

Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional money has been made available to the police in the last 12 months for tackling alcohol-related crime in addition to alcohol misuse enforcement campaigns. [176107]

Mr. Coaker: In the past 12 months over £1,000,000 has been made available to the police in England and Wales for tackling alcohol-related crime.

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional funding has been made available to each police force specifically to tackle binge drinking and alcohol misuse in each year since the Licensing Act 2003 came into force. [176108]

Mr. Coaker: The Licensing Act 2003 came into force 24 November 2005. Since that time over £5.3 million has been made available to the police to tackle alcohol misuse.

Home Office alcohol enforcement campaigns are focused at the police basic command unit level. The allocation of funding from campaigns is based on a formal bid process and the number of operations conducted in any given campaign.


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