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
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. 
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 vulnerablemaking 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.
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 Departments 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. 
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.
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. 
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her Departments (a) chart of accounts and (b) resource account codes and usage descriptions for the current financial year. 
The chart of accounts for 2008-09 reflects the Departments 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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
Your question on the reviews of regulation conducted by the Audit Commission has been passed to me for reply. The Commission has not commenced any review of regulation since July 2007, but in 2006 we published two discussion papers on regulationAssessment of local services beyond 2008 and The future of regulation in the public sectorand I am enclosing copies for your information. In addition to this, we have also contributed to reviews of housing and health regulation.
In November 2007, we and several other inspectorates consulted widely on the scope and framework for Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) and will be publishing a further consultation later this year. CAA is the new assessment framework for local services required by the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, Building on the demonstrable improvements in councils and other local public services in recent years, CAA will mark the cessation of several existing assessment regimes, including the Audit Commission's own Comprehensive Performance Assessment of local authorities and will significantly reduce the number of inspections of local public services. Where these are required, they will be proportionate, will draw on far fewer national performance indicators and will be coordinated between inspectorates. This regime of minimal inspection will be balanced by a more integrated and, therefore, often more challenging, judgement on the overall quality of services. We also intend to continue to add value by using our findings to share good practice quickly and accessibly.
I will be happy to discuss the Commission's work in any of these areas with you, if you would find that helpful.
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. 
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.
|(1 )This figure includes expenditure incurred by the former ODPM
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. 
Centrally managed programmes (e.g. induction, coaching, mentoring, dignity and respect, analysis and use of evidence, working with ministers and managing performance);
Professional qualifications (e.g. finance, planning and human resources);
Cabinet Office/NSG Sponsored programmes (Top Management programme, High Potential Development programme, Preparing for Top Management and Leaders UnLtd);
Princes Trust Leadership programme;
Open public scheduled training courses (job related/personal development);
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. 
Mr. Dhanda: The Communities and Local Governments 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:
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. 
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.
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. 
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. 
|Firefighter deaths while on duty, England 1986-87 to 2007-08
|While attending to:
|Road traffic incidents
|(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.