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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
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work funded through the Pathfinder Fund is available from the Library of the House.

Other DCLG projects may have supported work to develop leadership skills but it is not possible to quantify the specific impact on Muslim women and young people.

Local Authorities: Green Belt

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. [182382]

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.

Local Development Documents prepared by local planning authorities set the detailed boundaries of the green belt. No specific consent is needed from the Secretary of State to these boundaries.

Government Offices make representations to regional planning bodies and local planning authorities on behalf of the Secretary of State but have no formal powers to give or withhold consent.

Local Government Finance

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. [183255]

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.


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Local Government Finance: South West Region

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. [182543]

Mr. Dhanda: The central Government grant per head for each local authority in the south-west region for 2006-07 in descending order is tabled as follows.


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Local authority £ per head

Isles of Scilly

2,101

Plymouth UA

1,103

Bristol UA

1,040

Torbay UA

1,028

Swindon UA

960

Bournemouth UA

955

Cornwall

885

North Somerset UA

842

South Gloucestershire UA

837

Somerset

824

Gloucestershire

813

Bath and North East Somerset UA 810

Poole UA

783

Devon

760

Wiltshire

748

Dorset

685

Avon and Somerset Police Authority 119

Gloucestershire Police Authority 117

Gloucester

116

Dorset Police Authority

116

Devon and Cornwall Police Authority 116

Exeter

114

Wiltshire Police Authority

108

Kerrier

108

West Somerset

106

Penwith

106

North Cornwall

106

Torridge

99

Weymouth and Portland

98

Restormel

97

Carrick

97

Sedgemoor

95

North Devon

91

Caradon

89

Forest of Dean

88

Cheltenham

88

Teignbridge

87

West Dorset

86

Taunton Deane

86

Mid Devon

86

West Devon

85

Purbeck

80

South Somerset

79

Mendip

79

Stroud

78

South Hams

78

Cotswold

76

Christchurch

76

Tewkesbury

73

Kennet

73

North Wiltshire

72

West Wiltshire

71

North Dorset

71

East Devon

68

Salisbury

66

East Dorset

49

Avon Combined Fire Authority

24

Devon Combined Fire Authority

19

Dorset Combined Fire Authority

15

Wiltshire Combined Fire Authority

14

Exmoor National Park Authority

n/a

Dartmoor National Park Authority

n/a

Notes:
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.
Source:
Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) 2006-07 returns

M61: Noise

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. [183032]

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.

Mayor of London: Codes of Practice

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether there is a code of conduct for the Mayor of London’s political advisers; [183238]

(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 London’s political advisers. [178702]


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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 Mayor’s political advisers. There are no current plans to produce a statutory code of conduct for the Mayor of London’s political advisers.

Milton Keynes Partnership

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what key performance targets have been set for the Milton Keynes Partnership. [184075]

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 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 council’s external scrutiny panel. The Government also monitors and reviews the Business Plan before it is set.

Minister for the West Midlands

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. [180766]

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. [180825]

Mr. Dhanda [holding answer 21 January 2008]: The Minister for the west midlands has visited the following organisations since his appointment:


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