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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirement there is on local authorities to inform her Department of their intention to change their electoral arrangements under the provisions of Part 2 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. 
John Healey: There is no requirement on local authorities to inform the Secretary of State of their intention to change their electoral arrangements; under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 these are matters for local authorities themselves and the Electoral Commission.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the publication of the national conclusions of the 2007 Local Government Pension Scheme revaluation. 
John Healey: Each of the 89 local authority pension funds in England and Wales underwent an actuarial valuation of their funds on 31 March 2007, as required by the Local Government Pension scheme regulations. Individual fund valuation results are available from the appropriate fund administering authority but no national conclusions are published.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local area agreement enabling measure requests were made in (a) the pilot round and (b) Round 2; and how many measure requests were accepted. 
John Healey: The amount collected from national non-domestic rates by each London borough, between 2002-03 and 2006-07 is shown in the following table. The figures are given in £ millions and are the amount collected by the local authorities after any allowances for reliefs. No allowances have been made for any collection costs, losses in collection or interest paid on repayments. Data for 2007-08 are not yet available.
|Non-domestic rates collected by London boroughs 2002-03 to 2006-07|
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 534W, on council tax, what methodology her Department used to calculate the average Band D parish council tax precept, as cited in the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1169W; and whether she will use the same process to calculate the equivalent figure for 2008-09. 
John Healey: The methodology used to estimate the average Band D parish council tax precept is based on assumptions set out in Local Government Financial Statistics England, as referred to in the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 534W. My officials are not yet sufficiently confident of the quality of a 2008-09 estimate of the average Band D parish council tax precept to publish it at this stage.
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