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Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1630W, on telecommunications: databases, what her most recent estimate is of the cost of the Interception Modernisation Programme to the nearest billion pounds. 
Mr. Coaker: The IMP will require a substantial level of investment which will need to tie in with the Governments three-year CSR periods. The scale of overall economic investment is very difficult to calculate because of the complexity of the programme and wide-ranging implementation solutions currently being considered. Further detail on budgetary estimates for the IMP will however become available once the public consultation process (announced by the Home Secretary on 15 October 2008) commences.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate has been made of the cost of providing a personal telephone line for commuters to call to be told their safest route home over the next five years; and how much would be spent on (a) staff costs, (b) IT costs and (c) advertising; 
Mr. Woolas: Since his appointment the independent chief inspector has been undertaking a wide range of preparatory work to establish his function. He has recruited around 20 staff and has developed provisional methodology and protocols for his inspections, drawing on best practice from other inspection and regulatory bodies. He has worked with the independent monitor to see the work she undertakes; met key managers in UK Borders Agency and visited a range of operations. He has also engaged with an extensive range of external stakeholders, including welfare groups, other inspectorates, legal bodies, passenger and freight carriers and representatives of foreign Governments. The chief inspector will shortly commence a series of pilot inspections.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants her Department has made to Westminster city council in each year since 2005-06;
what sums were awarded; in what category each grant was made; and how much has been allocated for grants in 2009-10. 
|(1) To be confirmed.|
For the former young people substance misuse partnership grant, from 2008-09, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), Home Office and the Department of Health agreed to change how their contributions were dispersed to local areas.
Some of the former young people substance misuse partnership grant is going out to all areas through the area-based grant which is paid on a non-ring fenced basis to allow maximum local flexibility. Other elements are paid to primary care trusts through the pooled treatment budget and to youth offending teams through the Youth Justice Board. These funding arrangements are in place between 2008-09 to 2010-11.
The enabling grant is for the London Regional Migration Strategic Partnership. Payments were made via Westminster council who, along with the Greater London authority (GLA), represents the partnership. From 2008-09, payments are being made via the GLA.
There may also be additional grant payments funded by the Home Office that are received by Westminster city council, for instance, tackling violent crime programme grant and partnership performance improvement fund. However, the funding is not direct from the Home Office, but is channelled through Government offices. As such, information on specific allocations or payments made throughout the requested period is not retained by the Home Office.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to measure the number of day visitors to local authority areas in order to facilitate the provision of funding for concessionary bus fares through Formula Grant. 
John Healey: We use a model to determine the indicator of day visitors within the Environmental, Protective and Cultural Services Relative Needs Formula. There is no consistent reliable source of the number of day visitors to an authoritys area.
Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 17 July 2008, whether the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber has completed its investigation into the circumstances of the award of EU Objective 1 funding to Cambridge Online Learning Ltd; and if she will make a statement. 
John Healey: Government office for Yorkshire and the Humber has recently completed its investigation into the award and potential loss of Objective 1 ERDF funds to Cambridge Online. It has concluded that ERDF payments made to Cambridge Online were irregular. Cambridge Online received ERDF payments through a contract with Business Link South Yorkshire. The funds involved have been recovered from Business Link South Yorkshire.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding (a) her Department and (b) each Government Office for the Regions has provided to each regional faith community to date. 
Mr. Khan: Face to Face and Side by Side: A framework for partnership in our multi faith society was launched on 21 July 2008, and sets out how, over the next three years, CLG will support a stronger dialogue between people of different faiths and beliefs in every community by encouraging practical inter faith cooperation and collaborative social action.
The practical steps that Government will take to support the delivery of the Framework for Partnership includes a programme of investment over three years in Regional Faith Forums (2008 to 2011) to support and build their capacity and the capacity of local communities.
|(a) Faith Forum||2008-09 (total to date)(£)|
Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make an assessment of (1) the Middle Quinton Eco-Town Proposals: Independent Viability Assessment commissioned from CB Richard Ellis by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) the report by Advantage West Midlands on Economic Evaluation of the Middle Quinton Eco-Town Proposal commissioned by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement; 
(3) the review by Colliers CRE of the Initial Retail Capacity Assessment of the Middle Quinton Eco-Town proposal commissioned by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement; 
(4) the report by Ove Arup and Partners on Middle Quinton Eco-Town: Review of Strategic Transport Assessment commissioned by the Joint Authorities Eco-Town Working Group of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement. 
Margaret Beckett [holding answer 3 March 2009]: I welcome the additional technical assessment reports that have been commissioned by local councils in the locations of the shortlisted eco-towns, including Middle Quinton. Together with the consultation documents, which I published on 4 November 2008, and the financial viability study, which I expect to publish shortly, these reports and similar material in other localities will help to inform the responses of local councils, and others to the second stage consultation. This will provide us with a good base upon which to make our decisions on those locations with potential to be an eco-town and which should be included in the Eco-towns Planning Policy Statement. We have also extended the consultation deadline until 30 April to ensure that all parties, irrespective of their views, are given the full opportunity to have their say.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Audit Commission charged each fire and rescue authority in each region in (a) value added tax, (b) fixed element fees, (c) fees based on gross expenditure and (d) total in respect of audit fees in each year since 2003. 
I have been asked to respond to your Parliamentary Question about how much the Audit Commission has charged each fire and rescue authority in each region since 2003.
It is not possible to provide an analysis of audit fees in the form you have requested. While the statutory scale fee is made up of a fixed element and an element that varies according to gross expenditure, the actual fees charged to each fire and rescue authority may vary from the scale fee, reflecting the auditors professional assessment of risk and the complexity of the audit.
We cannot provide complete information on Value Added Tax paid, as it is payable on audit fees at the prevailing rate at the time that a fee, or part thereof, is invoiced. We do not hold billing information for the approximately one third of audits where firms are the appointed auditors.
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