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Where reduced amounts are shown the members concerned were not employed throughout the year and their salaries were earned pro-rata to this figure.

There are six councillors on the board of the LTGDC and their remuneration—as published in the annual reports is as follows:

£000
LTGDC 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

Cllr S. Kellar

10-15

10-15

10-15

Cllr C. McAuley

10-15

10-15

10-15

Cllr. M. White

10-15

10-15

10-15

Cllr. M. Keith

10-15

5-10

Cllr. G. Nicholson

10-15

10-15

10-15

Cllr. O. Ahmed

10-15

Cllr. J. Biggs

30-35

30-35

35-40


Departmental Conferences

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the conferences hosted by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was of each conference. [211695]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department has hosted the following conferences within the last two years.

Date Event Cost (£)

17 August 2006

Respect launch

65,000

October 2006

Intra-governmental Group on Geographic Information (IGGI) annual seminar 2006

4,186

5 December 2006

100 Day on reception

1,100

29 January 2007

Towards the Planning White Paper conference

51,230

April/June 2007

Planning Policy Statement 3—Housing regional communication events

10,000

27 July 2007

Planning Delivery Grant Evaluation and Planning White Paper Roll out event

173

September 2007

Analysis for all one day event 2007

1,500

November 2007

Intra-governmental Group on Geographic Information (IGGI) annual seminar 2007

5,170

14 November 2007

Respect and Communities event

60,000

26 February 2008

Incident recording system conference held on

8,682

28 May 2008

Equality and Diversity conference

24,200


Departmental Marketing

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media of each of her Department’s public information campaigns since 1997. [214675]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department for Communities and Local Government was formed in May 2006. Available costs for our public information campaigns are set out in Chapter 10 of the Department’s Annual Reports for 2006-07 and 2007-08.


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Costs for information campaigns conducted by the Department’s predecessor Departments could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

East Midlands Development Agency

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money the East Midlands Development Agency has received from her Department and its predecessors in each of the financial years for which figures are available. [214773]

John Healey: The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform is the departmental sponsor of the Regional Development Agencies and allocates the Regional Development Agency single budget via a funding formula.

The Regional Development Agency single budget is pooled from six contributing Government Departments.

The following table shows East Midlands Development Agency's annual budgets.

Financial year £ million

2007-08

176

2006-07

161

2005-06

168

2004-05

119

2003-04

117

2002-03

101

2001-02

86

2000-01

67

1999-2000

41


Floods: Property Development

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department plans to review current planning applications and assess flood risk and flood defences in respect of any house building, as laid out in Planning Policy Statement No. 25; and if she will make a statement. [214078]

Mr. Iain Wright: It is not proposed to review current planning applications for housing development in flood risk areas. Local planning authorities have responsibility for deciding these in accordance with the local development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. In arriving at their decisions, account must be taken of all relevant Government policy, including Planning Policy Statement 25 “Development and Flood Risk”, and all representations made, including any from the Environment Agency.

Sir Michael Pitt's recent report “The Pitt Review: Learning lessons from the 2007 floods” (June 2008) included a review of the effectiveness and implementation of the Government's Planning Policy Statement 25. In his interim report “Learning lessons from the 2007 floods: Interim Report” (December 2007) he concluded

In his final report and conclusions he endorsed this, saying


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We are working closely with stakeholders to get PPS25 policy delivered on the ground. We also plan to examine whether there are any barriers to delivery which may be hindering local authorities from implementing PPS25.

Mayors: Lancashire

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from local authorities in Lancashire seeking to establish an elected mayoral system. [214116]

Mr. Dhanda: I am not aware of any such representations from local authorities in Lancashire.

Regional Ministers: Manpower

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent members of staff work for regional Ministers in their capacity as such Ministers; and what the pay scale is of each member of staff. [215743]

Mr. Dhanda: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 22 May 2008, Official Report, columns 446-50W, by the Secretary of State to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May).

Regional Planning and Development: South East

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements she plans to make to respond to questions from hon. Members during consultation on her proposed amendments to the draft South East Plan following the adjournment of the House on 22 July; and if she will make a statement. [214488]

Mr. Dhanda: The Secretary of State will make an announcement on publication of the proposed changes to the draft Regional Spatial Strategy for the South East. This will include the arrangements and procedures for the 12 week consultation period which will be managed by the Government Office for the South East. During the parliamentary summer recess, Members’ questions will be answered in the normal way.

Thames Gateway: Finance

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Thames Gateway project budget for (a) hospitality and (b) communications was in each of the last five years. [212191]

Caroline Flint: The Communities and Local Government actual spend for Thames Gateway hospitality in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year Budget (£)

2007

3,193

2006

23,977

2005

1,714

2004

350

2003

0

Total

29,234


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The Communities and Local Government actual spend for Thames Gateway public, business and stakeholder communications in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year Budget (£)

2007

847,993

2006

385,818

2005

1,417

2004

0

2003

0

Total

1,235,228


Home Department

Crime

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of (a) burglaries, (b) muggings, (c) assaults and (d) thefts which took place in England and Wales in the week commencing (i) 24 March and (ii) 31 March 2008. [214447]

Mr. Coaker: No estimates have been made. The Home Office collects recorded crime statistics on a monthly basis only. The latest data covering the financial year 2007-08 will be published on 17 July 2008.

Fixed Penalties

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices in respect of alleged parking infringements were issued by police forces in each year since 1993 to date. [214728]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 30 June 2008]: Available information held by the Ministry of Justice, from 1993 to 2006 (which are the latest available) is provided in the following tables. These data relate to ‘obstruction, waiting and parking’ offences. They do not record parking contraventions in areas when parking has been decriminalised and the police no longer offer fixed penalties. 2007 data should be available next year.

Table A: Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) by the police for obstruction, waiting and parking offences( 2, 3) , England and Wales, 1993 to 2001

Number of tickets

1993

3,383,011

1994

2,698,349

1995

2,270,732

1996

2,282,481

1997

2,199,242

1998

2,118,077

1999

1,808,153

2000

1,595,360

2001

1,325,049


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