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(2) From 2006-07 Revenue Support Grants were reduced due to the transfer of funding to the Department for Children, Schools and Families for Dedicated School Grant.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the recent draft statutory instruments on local government restructuring were replaced with new ones in substitution; and what changes were made between the two versions. 
John Healey: There are no differences of substance between the original orders laid on 17 December and the substitute versions. The differences are small textual changes for clarification purposes, and some cross references in essence to provide greater consistency between the orders.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons are for the time taken to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed of (a) 16 October and (b) 4 December 2007 relating to a freedom of information request from Mr. M. Maud of Ancroft, Berwick-upon-Tweed. 
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at which high level events and with regard to which high level projects the Minister for the west midlands has championed the region as referred to in paragraph 118 of The Governance of Britain. 
Mr. Dhanda: The regional Minister has undertaken a tour of the region where he set priorities and challenges for the region. He is now developing a programme of visits within the region over the next three months to take these forward. The high level projects the Minister has championed include:
the launch of the joint Regional Economic Strategy and draft Regional Spatial Strategythe first UK region to do so;
the development of the regions first Skills strategy due to be launched in March 2008 and work to support proposals for the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station;
the development of a set of regional transport priorities;
the development of proposals for academic health science centres in response to his challenge to the region's health leaders to join teaching, research and delivery of health services in a single effort;
the promotion of the west midlands as a trading partner including a high level visit to India;
a set of regional challenges to improve the reputation and creative industries of the region.
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