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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 44W, on nuclear submarines,
what role his Department has played in the formulation of safety plans for berths as specified under the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Ministry of Defence has put in place arrangements to comply in full with the legislation as interpreted and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (Nuclear Installations Inspectorate) as the statutory regulator to accommodate nuclear powered submarines. This includes all required consultation with, and in support of, other agencies or authorities.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account he has taken of the environmental effect of the decommissioning of nuclear submarines and storage of nuclear material on the west of Scotland in formulating policy, with particular regard to (a) Faslane and (b) Coulport. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The nuclear submarines that are undergoing decommissioning are currently in afloat storage at HM Naval Base Devonport, in South West England, and Rosyth Dockyard, in the East of Scotland. An assessment of the environmental effect of this afloat storage on the West of Scotland is therefore not considered necessary.
The future dismantling of these submarines, including the disposal of Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste, falls within the scope of the Interim Storage of Laid-Up Submarines (ISOLUS) project. The ISOLUS project expects to undertake environmental assessments in accordance with the relevant statutes. At this point in the project, environmental effects are being considered generically and not in reference to specific sites.
The MOD's management arrangements for Nuclear Materials operations, including storage, are underpinned by the statutory requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 and Radioactive Substances Act 1993. These arrangements are subject to scrutiny by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and continue to be assessed as satisfactory. These arrangements apply across all relevant MOD sites including Faslane and Coulport.
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many frigates and destroyers were identified in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review as being required by the Royal Navy to fulfil their tasks; how many are in service; and how many are expected to be in service in 2012. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth
[holding answer 26 June 2008]: The 1998 Strategic Defence Review identified a requirement for 32 destroyers and frigates. This was changed to 25 in the 2004 White Paper Delivering Security in a Changing World, Future Capabilities (Cm 6269), and this remains the number presently in service. On current plans, the number of destroyers and frigates in service in 2012 will fluctuate as the Type 42 destroyers are replaced by the
new Type 45s, though we would expect there to be between 21 and 23 ships in service during the course of that year.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As of the 25 June 2008 the Royal Navy has six destroyers, 14 frigates and six submarines available for tasking. These figures are subject to daily change as a result of maintenance and operational requirements.
(3) how many hon. and right hon. Members claimed mortgage interest through the additional costs allowance in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many claimed the full allowance. 
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Information is not available on the costs of security measures for Members second homes met through the ACA. A central budget can, in certain circumstances, provide top-up funds for security measures. One Member has received an additional payment for security costs at their second home. These costs related exclusively to a constituency office located at this address.
Helen Goodman: In accordance with the Ministerial and Other Salaries Act 1975 limiting the number of paid Ministers, there are 88 hon. and right hon. Members who receive additional salary payments for governmental responsibilities in addition to their basic salaries.
Mr. Iain Wright: The provision of allotments is the responsibility of local authorities. Section 23 of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908 places a duty on local authorities (except for inner London boroughs) to provide sufficient allotments where they consider that there is a demand for them in their area.
Furthermore Planning Policy Guidance, Note 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation, 2002 encourages local authorities to ensure that they provide an adequate number of allotments for their community and ascertain what is sufficient for their local area. The accompanying guidance to PPG 17 advises local authorities on setting local standards.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to ask local authorities for information on local quality and quantity provision standards for allotments as referred to in Planning and Policy Guidance Note 17. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The Secretary of State does not have any plans to ask local authorities for information on the standards of provision for allotments. Section 23 of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908 places a duty on local authorities (except for inner London boroughs) to provide allotments where they perceive a demand for them in their area.
Planning Policy Guidance Note 17(PPG17) encourages local authorities to assess the existing and future needs of their communities for open spaces more generally and, where appropriate, address deficiencies. It also states that authorities should allocate sites within their plans for the provision of new open spaces. PPG 17 advises local authorities to use the information gained from their assessments of needs and opportunities to set locally derived standards for the provision of open space, sports and recreation facilities in their areas.
Mr. Iain Wright: Funding for allotments is available through the financial support that all local authorities receive from central Government. It is up to local authorities to ensure that adequate funding is in place for allotments according to their local needs.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 8 May 2008, Official Report, column 1092W, on travelling people: council tax, for what minimum period a caravan must be used as a residence before the Valuation Office Agency will consider that caravan to be a dwelling liable for council tax. 
John Healey: No minimum period is defined by statute. It is established rating law, applicable to council tax, that a transitory occupation of land does not amount to rateable occupation. Whether the necessary permanence of occupation has been established for liability to arise will depend on the facts in each case.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have held local forums on tackling extremism and Islamophobia referred to in the Preventing Violent Extremism report published in April 2007. 
East Lanes (Pendle, Burnley, Rossendale, Preston)
West London Alliance (Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow)
Kensington and Chelsea
Many local authorities have chosen alternative means to achieve the objective of engaging local communities in their work to tackle violent extremism locally. For example, the Southwark Parents Forum, the Government Office South West regional forum, Leeds Muslim Youth Forum, Haringeys Womens Forum, and Croydons Forum for Young People.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2161W, on community relations, how many peers have been accredited to work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda; who the peers are; which local authorities they have visited to date; which local authorities they plan to visit in 2008-09; and if she will make a statement. 
Cllr Helal Uddin Abbas
Cllr Mahroof Hussain
Cllr Nargis Khan
Cllr Fiyaz Mughal
Cllr Mohammed Pervez
Cllr Marie Pye
Cllr Sirajul Islam
Cllr Paul Sargent
Cllr Jean Stretton
Cllr Margaret Eaton
Cllr Howard Sykes
Cllr Clyde Loakes
Cllr Ayaz Siddique
On 18 June the Improvement and Development Agency concluded a pilot review of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. Following this, peer mentors will undertake pilot reviews of two local authorities in
Julywe will be selecting and notifying these authorities shortly. The peer mentors will conduct a further four reviews by April 2009.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has published the best practice for different types of areas document referred to in her letter of 6 October 2007 to the Chairman of the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, Darra Singh. 
Mr. Dhanda: We plan to publish the first part of a cohesion delivery framework this summer. This will set out how local areas can build an understanding of the key issues for cohesion in their area and develop an action plan to reflect this local understanding. We are working with the Institute for Community Cohesion to make best practice on cohesion available on a searchable database. This will also be launched shortly.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has set up the web-based One Stop Shop on Cohesion referred to in her letter of 6 October 2007 to the Chairman of the Commission on Integration and Cohesion, Darra Singh. 
Mr. Dhanda: Communities and Local Government is supporting the Institute of Community Cohesion to implement a web-based one stop shop on cohesion, the first phase of which is due for launch at the end of July 2008. This will be an important resource for local authorities and partners as they build, and maintain, cohesive communities.
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