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Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding regional planning bodies will receive from housing and planning delivery grant; and what targets they will be required to meet to maximise their funding. 
Regional Assemblies are required to prepare a business plan as a condition of their receipt of Government grant, to provide assurance that funds are spent efficiently and in furtherance of the aims for which funding is granted. Performance against business plans will be monitored quarterly.
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of appropriate tests for the performance of multi-foil insulation materials other than the hot box; 
Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 22 February 2008]: The Government's position on tests of the performance of multi-foil insulation products and their proposals for complying with the High Court judgment of 2 November 2007 are explained in Communities and Local Government Circular 6/2007 and the parallel letter to local authorities and approved building control inspectors which were issued on 7 December 2007. These can be found on the CLG website at:
The Department does not assess the practical and environmental merits of particular types of insulation materials, as building regulations and guidance do not make specific requirements for such materials. When issuing approved guidance on achieving compliance with the building regulations' energy efficiency requirements for construction work, it relies upon internationally recognised generic insulation performance values for construction materials and a wide range of expert advice on how these materials can be practically assembled into construction elements such as walls, roofs etc.
Mr. Jeremy Browne:
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will answer Question 178902 tabled by the hon. Member
for Taunton on 28 January 2008 on heating: standards; and what the reasons are for the length of time taken to reply. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Gloucester, will reply to the letter of 11 January 2008 from the hon. Member for Wycombe on funding arrangements for prevention of violent extremism projects between March and June 2008. 
Hywel Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on changes to licensing hours for on- and off-licensed premises; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: I and my predecessors have had discussions with many other Government Departments, local authorities, voluntary groups and representatives of businesses as part of the process of policy development. The discussions have mainly concerned the impact of the Licensing Act 2003, which came into force in November 2005.
Mr. Sutcliffe: As DCMS is an equal opportunities employer we have extended the option to work flexibly to all our staff. We aim to support staff in balancing their work and home responsibilities, and home working is one of a range of flexible working patterns available to staff, which includes
Flexible working hours (formal and informal flexi, compressed hours, term-time working and annualised hours)
Part-time working or job sharing
In the last 12 months DCMS has authorised 44 people to work from home. However, the Department also supports and encourages the more informal home-working arrangements in which staff may have agreed to work from home on an occasional ad-hoc basis. We do not keep records of the dates when each case was authorised.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 among staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport provides tea and coffee for all official meetings from Fairtrade sources; Fairtrade confectionery is always on sale in the staff canteen. These are available all year rather than being confined to a short-term promotion exercise.
2005-06: £4.2 million lottery (capital)
2006-07: £20 million exchequer (capital), £1 million exchequer (revenue), £2.5 million lottery (revenue)
2007-08: £15 million exchequer (capital), £1 million exchequer (revenue), £2.5 million lottery (revenue)
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was provided to (a) athletics and (b) swimming in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) the London region and (iv) England and Wales in each year since 1997; what projects were funded; whether there are restrictions on the use of these funds; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Financial support for community sport from public sources is primarily channelled through Sport England which dispenses Exchequer and lottery funds for sport. The tables show how much lottery funding has been allocated through Sport England to (a) athletics and (b) swimming in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) London region and (iv) England. Funding for Sport in Wales is distributed by the Sport Council for Wales and does not receive an allocation from DCMS.
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