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The first instalment of funding for the financial year 2008-09 was paid in March 2008 through the Area Based Grant (ABG), which is funded to local
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authorities in monthly instalments. Local authorities have therefore received three monthly instalments of the grant to date.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which faith groups she has advised local authorities to target through the preventing violent extremism programme. [211432]

Mr. Dhanda: As described in the recently launched Prevent Strategy, it is cohesive, empowered and resilient communities which are best equipped to confront violent extremists. There is a role for all communities in standing together to challenge violent extremism and to support those who may be targeted by violent extremists.

As set out in the accompanying guidance, local partners should take a “whole community” approach to ensure that this work does not inadvertently lead to pressure on vulnerable sections of the community. All communities should help to support those individuals, institutions and communities that are most vulnerable—making the most of the energy and experience of a range of groups working in faith and non-faith communities. Given the nature of the current security threat we expect local partners to work particularly closely with their Muslim communities.

Community Relations: Extremism

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what her Department will spend its share of the pledged £12.5 million to help prevent extremism in communities; over what period of time her Department’s share will be spent; which stakeholders will be consulted when deciding which community projects will be given funding from the budget; what the process will be to decide which organisations and projects will be given funding; how the effects of the funding will be assessed; and who will monitor those effects. [210282]

Mr. Dhanda: The £12.5 million will be spent by the Home Office on funding projects specifically to support institutions or individuals vulnerable to radicalisation. I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer provided by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (Kevin Brennan) on 12 June 2008, Official Report, column 451W. This £12.5 million complements our funding for locally-led projects to build the resilience of local communities and tackle violent extremism, which will be £45 million over the next three years.

Core Cities Group: Finance

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what central funding the (a) Core Cities Group and (b) Thames Gateway London Partnership receives from (i) her Department and (ii) the Government Offices for the Regions. [211377]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department and its NDPB, The Housing Corporation, do not provide direct funding to the Core Cities Group.


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The Department does not provide direct funding to the Thames Gateway London Partnership as it is not an accountable body.

Departmental Accountancy

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department’s (a) chart of accounts and (b) resource account codes and usage descriptions for the current financial year. [210985]

Mr. Dhanda: A copy of the chart of accounts and resource account codes has been deposited in the Library of the House.

The chart of accounts for 2008-09 reflects the Department’s structure for the year and will not necessarily reflect the 2007-08 structure, or that for future years. The chart shows the relationship between parent codes (used for preparing resource accounts) and children codes (used for more detailed management purposes). Each code has a brief description that describes its use.

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many permanent staff within (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are classed as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team. [210863]

Mr. Dhanda: At week ending 13 June, 49 permanent staff within the Department are classed as without a permanent post and all are part of a people action team known as the Career Transition Centre

Seven permanent staff within the Department’s agencies are classed as without a permanent post and all are part of a people action team.

Departmental Official Visits

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what records her Department's travel booking service holds of visits organised through the service by her Department's representatives. [211384]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department uses various booking services for all of its travel requirements as well as allowing staff to book their own travel. As is common within the industry booking services/travel agents hold details on destinations, type of travel and cost.

Departmental Planning Permission

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications her Department has submitted in the last 24 months. [210883]

Mr. Dhanda: Two planning applications were submitted to the London borough of Westminster in June 2006. One for the installation of CCTV cameras at Ashdown House, 123 Victoria street, London SW1E 6DE, and one for the installation of CCTV cameras at Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU.


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No licensing applications have been submitted in the last 24 months.

This answer does not include land and buildings occupied by Government Offices, who carry out functions on behalf of 10 Government Departments, CLG’s Government Agencies or NDPB’s.

Departmental Responsibilities

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many reviews of regulation the Audit Commission has conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas. [210885]

Mr. Iain Wright: This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 18 June 2008:

Departmental Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on training courses for staff in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years. [210557]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department and its agencies’ expenditure on training courses over the last 12 months and five years respectively is shown as follows. The figures do not include the Government offices.

Training expenditure
£
12 months 5 years

Communities and Local Government

2,113,043

(1)10,037,245

Agencies

636,151

4,533,078

(1 )This figure includes expenditure incurred by the former ODPM

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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what training courses were (a) available to and (b) taken up by civil servants in her Department in the last 12 months. [210572]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department has made available to its staff the following training opportunities, among others:

The Department promotes the value of training and development and a large proportion of staff have taken advantage of the centrally managed programmes in the last 12 months.

Economic and Monetary Union

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of each. [210882]

Mr. Dhanda: The Communities and Local Government’s Euro Changeover Plan was last updated in June 2007. A list of Communities and Local Government agencies and non-departmental public bodies that produced a euro changeover plan along with the dates these were produced is provided as follows:

Agency/NDPB

(a) Executive agencies

September 2004

Government Offices/Regional Co-ordination Unit

September 2004

Planning Inspectorate

September 2004

The Fire Service College

June 2004

QEII Conference Centre

(b) Non-departmental public bodies

August 2004

Valuation Tribunal Service

August 2004

English Partnership

September 2004

Housing Corporation

June 2004

Audit Commission

September 2004

The Standards Board for England

September 2004

Ordnance Survey


The Communities and Local Government Euro Changeover Plan was placed in the House of Commons Library in February 2006.


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There are no plans at present to place a copy of Communities and Local Government euro changeover plan 2007 or those of its agencies and NDPB’s in the Library.

Eco-towns: Leicestershire

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when (a) she, (b) the Housing Minister and (c) officials in her Department (i) have visited and (ii) plan to visit the proposed eco-town site in Harborough; and which officials have already visited the site. [211281]

Caroline Flint: I am currently planning a programme of visits to all the shortlisted eco-town locations over the next couple of months, and this will include the eco-town site at Harborough. At least two officials in my Department have visited the proposed site.


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Fire Services: Crimes of Violence

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire officers were hospitalised as a result of being assaulted while on duty in each of the last three years, broken down by region. [211328]

Mr. Dhanda: This information is not held centrally.

Fire Services: Death

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters died on duty in each fire authority in each year since 1986; and how many of these deaths were (a) the result of attendance at (i) fire, (ii) road traffic and (iii) other incidents, (b) occurred while the firefighter was undertaking training and (c) resulted from natural causes. [211591]

Mr. Dhanda: Information requested is set out as follows:

Firefighter deaths while on duty, England 1986-87 to 2007-08
While attending to:
Fires Road traffic incidents Other incidents Natural causes During training Other Total

1986-87

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1987-88

2

0

0

0

0

3

5

1988-89

0

1

0

0

1

0

2

1989-90

0

0

0

3

1

1

5

1990-91

2

0

0

0

0

3

5

1991-92

3

0

0

0

0

1

4

1992-93

1

0

0

1

0

1

3

1993-94

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

1994-95

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1995-96(1)

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1996-97

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

1997-98

0

0

0

1

0

2

3

1998-99

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

1999-2000

0

0

1

0

0

3

4

2000-01

0

0

0

3

0

0

3

2001-02

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

2002-03(2)

1

0

0

0

1

1

3

2003-04

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

2004-05

4

0

0

0

0

0

4

2005-06

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2006-07(3)

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

2007-08

5

0

0

0

0

0

5

(1) Excludes one firefighter who died attending a non-fire incident while off duty.
(2) Excludes one firefighter who died attending a fire, while off duty.
(3) Excludes one retired firefighter who died while attending a fire.

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