Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which regional spatial strategies proposed the weakening of green belt protection in specific locations in the most recent drafts submitted to her Department. 
Margaret Beckett: Regional spatial strategies (RSS) do not express any planning policies which refer to specific sites, they identify broad locations. Emerging RSSs are recommending green belt reviews as follows:
Policy 9.5 ensures that the green belt continues to safeguard the countryside from encroachment and check the unrestricted sprawl of Tyne and Wear. The supporting text notes that the general extent of the region's green belt should be maintained, rather than weakened, with detail boundaries to be defined in local development frameworks.
Policy RDF4 indicates that there is no need for any exceptional substantial strategic change to the green belt before 2021 in Warrington and 2011 in the rest of the region. After 2011 there will be presumption against such change but strategic studies could indicate the need for change and indicate options for implementation, which would be fed into review of RSS.
Policy RDF4 does allow for potential changes to the green belt of a more localised and detailed nature to be addressed through LDF process but only with agreement of the regional planning body. The policy confers such agreement on potential green belt changes associated with expansion of Manchester and Liverpool airports and a multi-model freight proposal at Newton le Willows.
RSS policy YH9 confirms that the extent of green belt should not change, but that green belt round York needs defining. Specific mention is also made of a potential need for strategic review of the West Yorkshire green belt, which extends into Leeds, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees.
The west midlands regional spatial strategy Phase 2 revision Preferred Option identifies the need for the release of green belt round Coventry and Redditch which will be considered by an independent panel at the Examination in Public next year.
should be recast so as to provide a separation between Nottingham and Derby without surrounding the city of Nottingham.
In the Proposed Changes, issued for consultation in July 2008, the Secretary of State disagreed with the panel's recommendation. Instead the principle of Nottingham-Derby green belt was reaffirmed, and it
was not accepted that sufficient evidence had been advanced to justify the wholesale deletion of the green belt elsewhere as recommended by the panel.
The published RSS, issued in may, says there should be a local review of green belt in Broxbourne, and that strategic reviews of green belt boundaries to meet regional development needs are needed in:
Stevenage, including land in North Hertfordshire;
Hemel Hempstead, involving land in Dacorum and probably St. Albans District;
Harlow, including land in East Hertfordshire and Epping Forest;
Welwyn/Hatfield, potentially including land in St Albans District; and
Luton/ Dunstable/Houghton Regis and Leighton Linslade.
The current regional plan (2001) does not seek to review any green belt. The Government's Proposed Changes to its draft replacement (the South East Plan) include proposals for selective green belt release at Oxford and Guildford, and possibly south of Woking. Where reviews result in the loss of green belt land the draft states that a broader review should be considered to determine whether additional land should be designated. The Secretary of State is working to finalise the plan by early next year.
Following consideration of the recommendations of the independent panel that considered the draft RSS, the Secretary of State published her proposed changes to the RSS in July 2008. These include proposals to revise the general extent of the Bristol and Bath, Gloucester and Cheltenham and South East Dorset green belts to accommodate urban extensions as part of the most sustainable solution for delivering housing and other development. Changes are also proposed to the general extent of the Bristol and Bath green belt to provide for regionally significant development at Bristol International airport and the Port of Bristol, and to the south-east Dorset green belt to provide for development at Bournemouth airport. The Proposed Changes are currently the subject of public consultation; which ends on 24 October 2008.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department and its agencies have given to (a) the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations, (b) Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support and (c) Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Learning Consortium in the last 24 months. 
Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the transfer of Child Support Agency cases to the 2003 maintenance scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
We expect the new gross income statutory maintenance scheme to be introduced in 2011 and then all clients will be able to choose to either apply to the new gross income scheme or make a private arrangement. It is currently planned that this process will take around three years. We will therefore not be transferring cases from the original child maintenance scheme to the current scheme introduced by the reforms in 2003.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1187W, on Dorneywood: official hospitality, what use his Department has made of Dorneywood for official engagements in the last 12 months. 
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) households and (b) pensioner households he estimates are in fuel poverty in York; how many there were in York in 1996-97; and if he will make a statement. 
The most recent year for which sub-national estimates of fuel poverty are available is 2003. The data for fuel poverty levels for 2003 come from the Fuel Poverty Indicator dataset, available online at
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the working-age population in West Chelmsford constituency received incapacity benefit in (a) June 2001, (b) May 2005 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total monetary value was of unprocessed maternity allowance claims at the end of each quarter in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK received pension credit in each year since its inception. 
|Number of household recipients and individual beneficiaries of pension credit in Jarrow, South Tyneside, the North East and Great Britain2003-08
|South Tyneside local authority
|North East (GOR)
|I ndividual beneficiaries
1. Case loads are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Household recipients are those people who claim pension credit either for themselves only or on behalf of a household.
3. Individual beneficiaries includes both claimants and their partners.
DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average take-up rate of pension credit was by those over 70 years old in the latest period for which figures are available; 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The latest estimates of take-up of means-tested benefits in Great Britain, covering income support, pension credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit and jobseekers allowance (income based) are published in the report Income Related Benefits Estimates of Take-Up in 2006-07. Earlier reports with estimates of take-up on income related benefits are available from 1990 onwards.