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DCLG has also provided £6.5 million Pathfinder Funding to local authorities for work to build the resilience of Muslim communities and some of this work will include building the leadership skills of Muslim women and young people. A full list of all
work funded through the Pathfinder Fund is available from the Library of the House.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consent is needed from (a) the Secretary of State and (b) the government office for the region for a local authority to designate additional land with green belt status. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Green belts are established through development plans. Proposals for new green belts should be considered through Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS), or, in London the Spatial Development Strategy, in the first instance. RSS are prepared by regional planning bodies on behalf of the Secretary of State, who formally approves and publishes the final RSS. In London, the Mayor prepares the Spatial Development Strategy and no specific consent is needed from the Secretary of State to any green belt proposals.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much gross income, in cash terms, was raised from sales, fees and charges, by local authorities in England, in each year since 1997-98. 
John Healey: Table 2.5a of Local Government Financial Statistics (LGFS) England gives details of the total gross income raised from sales, fees and charges by local authorities in England. The 1997-98 information was published in LGFS No. 15: 2004, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 in LGFS No. 16: 2005 and 2000-01 to 2004-05 in LGFS No. 17: 2007. LGFS No. 17 also included an initial estimate for 2005-06. These publications are in the Library of the House and are also available on the Communities and Local Government website at:
An initial estimate for 2006-07 was published in the 2006-07 Local Authority Revenue Expenditure and Financing England final outturn Statistical Release. Later estimates for 2005-06 and 2006-07 will be published in LGFS No. 18 later this year.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the external funding received per head of population is for each local authority in the south-west region, in descending order. 
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1. Central government grant is defined here as the sum of Formula grant (Revenue Support Grant, Police grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and Specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services.
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. Figures for individual authorities vary considerably and are not directly comparable as different types of authority have different responsibilities.
4. Population figures used in the calculation are the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) Mid-Year Population estimates for 2006. Population figures are not currently available for National Park authorities.
Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) 2006-07 returns
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost to the public purse incurred by (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) the Manchester North Valuation Tribunal was in relation to the High Court case held on 18 December 2007 in relation to traffic noise on the M61. 
John Healey: The Valuation Office Agency costs of counsel involved in preparation for the High Court and presentation of the case, including court fees, was £4,190. The Manchester North Valuation Tribunal was not involved in proceedings at the High Court hearing.
(2) pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 773, on London Development Agency/Mayor of London, if she will bring forward proposals for a statutory code of conduct for the Mayor of Londons political advisers. 
John Healey: It is for the Greater London Authority to determine the nature and scope of any code of conduct for GLA employees, including the Mayors political advisers. There are no current plans to produce a statutory code of conduct for the Mayor of Londons political advisers.
Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 1 February 2008]: Milton Keynes Partnership is a Committee of English Partnerships, and its targets are laid out in its 2007-08 to 2011-12 Business Plan, which is a public document available on its website (www.miltonkeynespartnership.info). These include:
the need to develop a visionary plan for Milton Keynes;
the need to increase the pace of housing delivery and employment growth consistent with Government targets;
to ensure the timely delivery of infrastructure provision;
to enhance the quality of life in Milton Keynes;
to encourage effective community and stakeholder engagement; and
to support community cohesion.
The performance targets are reported on annually, each March, and monitored by Milton Keynes Partnership Committee, the Local Strategic Partnership and are subject to regular scrutiny by Milton Keynes councils external scrutiny panel. The Government also monitors and reviews the Business Plan before it is set.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what resources have been given to the Minister for the West Midlands to enable him to perform his duties. 
Mr. Dhanda: The Governance of Britain Green Paper, published on 3 July, set out the proposed role of Regional Ministers. Regional Ministers ensure that Government policy takes account of the differing needs of the nine English regions. Regional Ministers make central Government more visible in the regions, helping to raise their profile and generate awareness of the political system. The functions that Regional Ministers undertake are mostly clustered around the responsibilities of the Government offices and the RDAs, particularly in relation to economic development, although they do have a more general ambassadorial role.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what visits the Minister for the West Midlands has made to organisations in the region since assuming the role in June 2007. 
South Shropshire district council
A flood-damaged Newbridge nursery/farm at Cleobury Mortimer.
BMW plant at Hams Hall in Coleshill, North Warwickshire
The Regional Partnership Centre
The West Midlands business council
The West Midlands Regional Assembly
The Science City partnership
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