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Telecommunications: Databases

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. [258582]

Mr. Coaker: The IMP will require a substantial level of investment which will need to tie in with the Government’s 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.

Telephone Services: Commuters

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; [254599]

(2) what estimate has been made of the number of people who would use a personal telephone line for commuters to call to be told their safest route home over the next five years; [254600]

(3) what IT systems her Department has considered for use in locating callers to a telephone line for commuters to be told their safest route home; [254601]

(4) whether (a) focus groups and (b) polling were used by her Department to assess the proposal of a personal telephone line for commuters to call to be told their safest route home. [254602]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The Home Office has not done any work to develop a personal telephone line for commuters to call to be told their safest route home.

UK Border Agency: Inspections

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work the UK Border Agency chief inspector has undertaken since his appointment; and if she will make a statement. [260621]

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.


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Westminster City Council: Finance

Ms Buck: 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;
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what sums were awarded; in what category each grant was made; and how much has been allocated for grants in 2009-10. [259755]

Mr. Woolas: The Home Office has made the following grants to Westminster city council.

£
Grant Category 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10

Safer Stronger Communities Fund

Resource

435,027

435,027

373,882

373,882

373,882

Safer Stronger Communities Fund

Capital

126,140

126,140

126,140

126,140

126,140

Drugs Intervention Programme

Resource

2,304,818

1,568,474

2,016,349

2,046,595

2,046,595

Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children (UASC)

Resource

2,473,010

1,408,609

915,311

578,695

(1)

EU Accession Claim

Resource

0

192,347

33,651

0

0

Safer Streets

Resource

0

107,000

106,000

0

0

Enabling

Resource

135,000

140,000

140,000

0

0

Young People Substance Misuse Partnership

Resource

588,610

530,176

500,734

142,615

142,615

(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.

Patterns of drug, alcohol and volatile substance use by young people vary greatly from place to place, so the Government moved to a more flexible and local needs-led approach to tackling the problem.

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 Home Office allocation to Westminster city council 2008-09 to 2010-11 for this grant is as follows:

£

Area-Based Grant

142,615

Youth Offending Teams

39,644


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.

The Drug Intervention Programme funding is made up of the main grant of £1,196,447 plus Advance Apprenticeship £5,000 and CJIT funding of £367,027.

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.

Communities and Local Government

Bus Services: Concessions

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. [259596]

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 authority’s area.

Cambridge Online Learning

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. [259282]

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.

Community Relations: Religion

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. [259528]


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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.

The following table sets out the amounts which each Regional Faith Forum has received, to date, from CLG or from a Government office.

(a) Faith Forum 2008-09 (total to date)(£)

East

91,362.50

East Midlands

90,000.00

London

86,073.59

North East

107,092.00

North West

0.00

South East

91,550.00

South West

87,958.00

West Midlands

99,798.00

Yorkshire and Humberside

87,000.00


(b) In addition, Government offices have funded Regional Faith Forums, as follows:

Funds (£)

North East

10,000.00

South East

17,000.00

Yorkshire and Humberside

20,000.00


Eco-Towns: Middle Quinton

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; [260217]

(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; [260218]

(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; [260219]

(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. [260220]


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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.

Audit Commission

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. [259568]

John Healey: This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the Chief Executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Steve Bundred:


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