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England
Net current expenditure on all fire and rescue services (non FRS17) Government grant

£000 Year on year change (percentage) Change from 1996-97 (percentage) £000

1996-97

1,669,495

1997-98

1,698,688

2

2

1998-99

1,744,293

3

4

1999-2000

1,798,221

3

8

2000-01

1,835,233

2

10

2001-02

1,892,160

3

13

2002-03

1,937,244

2

16

2003-04

2,046,677

6

23

2004-05

2,114,131

3

30

2005-06

2,177,036

3

30

2006-07

2,089,266

-4

25

2007-08(1)

2,111,546

1

26

2008-09(2)

2,154,934

2

29

(1) Provisional outturn . (2) Budget estimates. Source: Communities and Local Government Revenue Outturn (RO) and Revenue Account (RA) Budget returns and HM Treasury GDP deflators.

The current expenditure defined here is the cost of running local authority services within the financial year. This includes the costs of staffing, heating, lighting and cleaning, together with expenditure on goods and services consumed within the year. This expenditure is offset by income from sales, fees and charges and other (non-grant) income, to give net current expenditure.

The net current expenditure figures are produced on a non-Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 17 basis.

The real terms figures at 2007-08 prices have been calculated using the latest GDP deflators.

Central Government grant is defined here as the sum of formula grant (Revenue Support Grant and redistributed non-domestic rates) and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF), i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services. It excludes grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for authorities' core services, but is passed to a third party, for example, rent allowances and rebates), capital grants, funding for the local authorities' housing management responsibilities and those grant programmes (such as European funding) where authorities are simply one of the recipients of funding paid towards an area.

The information on central Government grant for England is not available as it is not possible to separately identify the funding for fire and rescue service. This is because the formula grant is unhypothecated.

Government grant data for North Yorkshire fire and rescue service are available from 2004-05 onwards when it became a precepting authority. Before this, it levied on the county council's budget requirement and did not receive direct grant from the Government.

Official Engagements: Regional Ministers

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the official engagements were from 6 October to 31 October 2008 for (a) the Minister for London, (b) the Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the Minister for the South East in their roles as regional ministers. [238851]

Mr. Khan: The information requested is in the following tables.

Jonathan Shaw MP - Regional Minister for the South East

Location Outline of engagement

7 October 2008

Blackfriars, London

LAA Roadshow - speech

13 October 2008

Westminster

Private dinner with Barbara Thorndick of West Kent Extra

17 October 2008

Westminster

SE Regional Assembly Executive Committee

21 October 2008

Kent Science Centre, Sittingbourne

SME Q and A session with Gordon Brown MP, John Denham MP and Lord Mandelson

22 October 2008

Chatham Maritime

Launch of Renishaw Regional (SE) Centre for Manufacturing Productivity

30 October 2008

Southampton

Speech and Q and A at SEEDA Annual Public Meeting


Rosie Winterton MP - Regional Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber

Location Outline of engagement

21 October 2008

Leeds

Dinner with Governor Bank of England Royal Armouries - Dinner

23 October 2008

Leeds

Yorkshire and Humber Talent Debate - Attend event and speech

23 October 2008

Leeds, Harewood and Holmfirth

Tourism Visit - Visits to the Royal Armouries (Leeds); Harewood House (Harewood, Leeds); Ackroyd House (Thurnstonland, Holmfirth, Huddersfield); and Ashley Jackson's Studio (Holmfith, Huddersfield)

27 October 2008

Doncaster

Dial Doncaster - Visit

31 October 2008

Catterick Garrison and Northallerton

Visit to North Yorkshire - Visit to Catterick Garrison and Meeting with Officials from North Yorkshire's District Council's



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Tony McNulty MP - Regional Minister for London
Location Outline of engagement

14 October 2008

Novotel, Hammersmith and Fulham

Speech at Metropolitan Police Service Conference

16 October 2008

Sattavis Pattidar Centre, Wembley, Brent

Speech at London Gangs, Guns and Weapons Practitioners Forum

23 October 2008

Riverwalk House, Westminster

London Regional Resilience Forum meeting

27 October 2008

Imperial College, Kensington and Chelsea

Seminar with business leaders

28 October 2008

Southwark Training Centre, Southwark

Speech and tour at a Utilities Sector Panel Awareness Day

28 October 2008

Riverwalk House, Westminster

London Reception event at the Government Office for London

30 October 2008

Pinner Grove, Harrow

Visit to announce PFI Street Lighting Contract


Regional Planning and Development: Railways

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of the public inquiry into the Radlett rail freight proposals held in December 2007. [238722]

Mr. Iain Wright: There is no figure available which sets out the overall cost of the inquiry.

Sleeping Rough: North Yorkshire

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of rough sleepers there were estimated to be in each district in North Yorkshire in each of the last five years. [239436]

Mr. Iain Wright: The number of rough sleepers in North Yorkshire based on rough sleeper counts by individual local authorities for the last five years is as follows:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Craven

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hambleton

0

0

0

0

0

0

Harrogate

0

2

0

0

0

0

Richmondshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ryedale

0

0

0

0

0

0

Scarborough

0

0

3

3

0

0

Selby

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

0

2

3

3

0

0


South East Plan

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, column 397W, on South East Plan, whether her Department circulated information about the South East Plan or the consultation on the South East Plan to (a) individual residents, (b) Guildford Borough Council, (c) Waverley Borough Council, (d) Surrey County Council, (e) local newspapers and (f) other advertising outlets. [238777]

Mr. Khan: The draft South East Plan and earlier rounds of consultation were co-ordinated by the South East regional assembly, and a pre-submission consultation statement containing details of how they consulted can be found on their website at:


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