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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 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1397-98W, on the Local Government and Regeneration Division, what (a) boards, (b) working groups and (c) committees there are in each division within her Department other than the Local Government and Regeneration Division. 
Further to my responses to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1266W and 12 May 2008, Official Report, columns 1397-98W, the main programme boards other than those within the Local Government and Regeneration Group are the Housing Supply Delivery, Homes and Communities Agency, Olympics, Thames Gateway, Cohesion, Preventing Violent Extremism, Migration, Planning, Fire and Rescue Service and Resilience, Group
Corporate Services, European Regional Development Fund and Government Office Transformation boards.
There are smaller boards and various sub-groups and committees beneath these, which look at specific areas of policy. The number and remit of such smaller boards and working groups changes depending on the Department's business at any one time. We do not currently hold a list of these centrally and to compile one could only be done at disproportionate cost.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 539W, on departmental public participation, how much each piece of work cost; and how many respondents there were to each. 
Hazel Blears: With reference to the answer of 2 June 2008, Official Report, column 539W, the Department undertook 15 polling and survey projects between 29 November and the end of the financial year. These are listed along with the following costs and numbers of respondents for each:
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(3 )Aggregated results
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This was added in error as the work with Dorset county council did not relate to housing related research. The payment related to consultancy support for a Business Improvement Package website. This is part of central Governments support for local government transformation by developing an online resource for tools and change management processes. We are taking steps to clarify the original answer.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies (i) are classified as Government communicators and (ii) have access to the Government Communication Network. 
Mr. Dhanda: Key communications staff for the entire civil service are listed in The White Book, published by the Central Office of Information. This is available in the Library of the House and contains a listing for Members of the Department's Communications Directorate. The book is updated twice yearly.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with (a) English Partnerships, (b) the Housing Corporation and (c) the Housing and Communities Agency Transition Team on measures for increasing the number of (i) homes and (ii) affordable homes built each year in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Iain Wright: The Minister for Housing announced on 17 June that she has asked English Partnerships, the Housing Corporation and Sir Bob Kerslake, of the Homes and Communities Agency transition team to work with officials to provide proposals on what more we can do across our programmes to work with registered social landlords, housebuilders and others to minimise the problems we currently face and create the right conditions for rapid recovery.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in (a) local authority, (b) registered social landlord and (c) private accommodation have been assessed by local authority environmental health officers using the Housing Health and Safety Ratings System since its inception; and how many were found to have a Category 1 hazard. 
Communities and Local Government asked local authorities in England to submit information on dwellings assessed with category one hazards under the housing health and safety ratings system for (a) private, (b) registered social landlords and (c) local authority properties in their 2006-07 annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA). We will be working with local authorities and other stakeholders during 2008 to review the data we are seeking on HHSRS.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account is taken of low carbon travel in the national indicators for local authorities; and if she will make a statement. 
Low carbon transport is relevant to the two principal national indicators on climate change mitigation in the new local government performance framework. National Indicator 185, measuring carbon dioxide emissions from
local authority operations, includes emissions from the local authoritys transport fleet and emissions resulting from vehicles that are not owned or controlled by the local authority where these occur as a consequence of local authority activity (for example, outsourced services). National Indicator 186, on per capita carbon dioxide emissions across a local authority area, captures a wide-range of emissions including those from road transport (with the exception of emissions from motorways over which local authorities have little influence). Under both these indicators, a shift towards lower carbon means of travel can be expected to be reflected in the recorded levels of carbon dioxide emissions.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department issues to local authorities on enforcement of prohibitions on motorcycles being ridden in parks. 
The Secretary of State is responsible for confirming local authority byelaws. CLG issue model byelaws and guidance notes for use by local authorities. Some of these model byelaws include those which regulate the use of motor propelled vehicles in parks, open spaces, promenades and so on. Guidance notes are issued alongside the model byelaw sets. These are all published on the CLG website at:
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authority areas in the West Midlands had the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of deprivation in the latest period for which figures are available. 
John Healey: Based on the Indices of Deprivation 2007 Birmingham is the most deprived authority in the West Midlands on four of the six local authority measures. Stratford-upon-Avon ranks as the least deprived local authority district in the region.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to disseminate information on the (a) duties of and (b) opportunities for local authorities under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007. 
published a guide to the Act in February 2008 which is available on the Communities and Local Government website;
appointed the Local Government Association as the Selector under the terms of the Act;
consulted on draft regulations and statutory guidance on the procedures to be followed in relation to proposals under section 2 of the Act. This consultation exercise ran from February 2008 ended in May 2008.
Following the consultation we intend to publish a response to consultation, publish final guidanceto be included in a package of statutory guidance for the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007and make and lay the regulations shortly. We also intend to consult over the summer on local spending reports, which are required by section 6 of the Act. The first invitation to local authorities to submit proposals under the Act will be made by 23 October 2008.
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