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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) apprenticeships and (b) graduate trainee places offered by local authorities in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07, (iii) 2007-08, (iv) 2008-09 and (v) 2009-10. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what obligations local authorities (a) in and (b) outside London have in relation to providing scheme participants with information on deficits and surpluses in the Local Government Pension Scheme fund administered by their local authority. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Under Regulation 34(l)(d) of The Local Government Pension Scheme (Administration) Regulations 2008, Scheme administering authorities in England and Wales are required to place in their Pension Fund Annual Report a statement of the level of funding based on the most recent actuarial valuation of their funds.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme monitoring statistics at local authority level for May 2009. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, columns 996-97W, on non-domestic rates, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the nine written representations in favour of a five-year transitional business rates relief scheme. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 18 June 2009, Official Report, column 471W, on non-domestic rates, whether his Department takes account of rates of (a) council tax and (b) non-domestic rate collection in determining levels of future funding for (i) local authorities, (ii) police authorities and (iii) fire authorities. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 July 2009, Official Report, column 318W, on non-domestic rates: ports, how each port operator has been notified of the new business rate assessment in 2005; how many of the assessments for the 1,800 separate heriditaments were re-assessed before 2009; and for what reasons they were re-assessed. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of the study produced by Ordnance Survey on the cost of a free data model, with commercially confidential elements redacted as necessary. 
Mr. Ian Austin: A redacted copy of "International Comparison of Geographical Information Trading Models: A report for the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the outcomes of different trading models for Geographical Information" is available on the Ordnance Survey website at:
Mr. Ian Austin: In developing policies in local plans which set requirements for energy use and energy efficiency, local authorities will have regard to a number of factors including the legislative framework and the expectations placed on them by the planning policy statement on climate change. Local authorities have not been asked to explain the extent to which, in developing such policies, they have relied on the specific powers provided by the Planning and Energy Act 2008.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities are able to require the creation of apprenticeship or trainee places as a condition of (a) granting planning permission for new developments and (b) allocating funding to new developments. 
Mr. Ian Austin: It will be for local authorities to decide whether or not it is appropriate to make any funding they provide conditional. Following the Prime Minister's announcement in January to increase the number of apprenticeships by 35,000 by 2010, the Local Government Association committed to double the number of apprentices employed, or managed via contract, by local government from 7,500 to 15,000.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what fees are payable by businesses seeking to renew a planning application in respect of which planning permission has already been given; and if he will make a statement. 
The Minister for Housing announced on 18 June 2009 the publication of a consultation document entitled 'Greater Flexibility for Planning Permissions' which includes proposals in respect of extensions to the time limits for existing planning permissions.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which decisions taken by him in relation to regional spatial strategies in the last 12 months have been the subject of applications for judicial review. 
Mr. Ian Austin: Since May 2008, the Secretary of State has published six regional spatial strategies. High Court challenges have been lodged against the regional spatial strategies for the East of England and the South East of England.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many people in each age group have had their home repossessed in (a) Test Valley borough and (b) Southampton in the last 12 months; 
Mr. Ian Austin: There are two independent sources of data on actual numbers of mortgage possessions: the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA). However, neither source has data by age of borrower or data at the local level.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties he expects to be (a) completed and (b) purchased for social rent in Hemel Hempstead in each of the next five years. 
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Dacorum Borough Council, Housing Supply Statistical Appendix Returns 2009. Information does not extend beyond 2010-11.)
(b) There were seven sales/transfers made through Right to Buy in Dacorum borough in 2008-09. Information on projected sales/transfers through Right to Buy and Right to Acquire is not available as it will depend on applications. Dacorum borough council does not currently purchase empty properties to offer for social rent.
Dacorum borough council, P1B Statistical Returns 2009.
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Afghan Government on the custodial sentence imposed on journalist Sayed Pervez Kambaksh; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: We share the hon. Member's concern about the continuing imprisonment of journalism student Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh. We urge the Afghan state to honour the Afghan Constitution and comply with the international human rights standards, to which it is a party, including the right to a fair trial and freedom of expression.
We opposed the death sentence imposed upon Mr. Kambakhsh at his initial trial in January 2008 after his imprisonment in October 2007. While it is positive that he no longer faces the death penalty, we are disappointed by the 20 year prison sentence he received on the 21 October 2008, a decision sadly upheld by the Afghan Supreme Court in early February. We have serious concerns about the fairness of his trials.
In April 2009, as part of the EU, we asked President Karzai to carefully consider the legitimacy of Mr. Kambakhsh's trial. We continue to follow Mr. Kambakhsh's case closely and, in conjunction with our international partners, will continue to raise it with the relevant Afghan authorities, wherever appropriate.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement his Department has in the determination by the BBC World Service of the languages in which it broadcasts. 
(a) to such users outside the UK, and in such languages, as are approved by the Foreign Secretary; and
(b) in accordance with any objectives, priorities and targets agreed with him.
There are however, regular meetings between the Minister responsible for the BBC World Service and its director. Most recently, Peter Horrocks met my right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint), the then Minister for Europe on 7 May 2009.
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