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Barbara Follett: In relation to the implementation of the Quirk Review, the Advancing Assets for Communities demonstration programme supported 50 local authority and community partnerships between 2007 and 2009 and over one-third of the 80 pilot projects supported are expected to complete successful transfer before 31 March 2010. The programme is supporting 22 partnerships in 2009-10 and will continue until 2011. Nationally there are no data for exactly how many community asset transfers have taken place but a recent survey by SQW consultants found that from a sample of 119 local authorities, 350 asset transfer projects are currently under way.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the yearly revenue to be generated by the Community Infrastructure Levy once operational; and whether such revenue will be classified as tax revenue for the purposes of the national accounting rules. 
The Supporting People (SP) programme provides housing-related support which can help older people to maintain health and well-being, and take part in their communities. Between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009, SP outcomes data show 9,212 older people receiving long-term housing-related support services were supported to establish contact with external services, family or friends, and 6,757 were supported to participate in leisure, cultural, faith or learning activities.
Our work to create more cohesive, active and empowered communities includes strengthening third sector and voluntary organisations that will provide important support to local groups who are in a position to work actively in local communities. We are supporting a £5.5 million cross-Government scheme to promote intergenerational volunteering and encourage meaningful interaction between young and old generations.
Communities and Local Government encourages the adoption of Lifetime Neighbourhoods principles, and will shortly commission a report to provide advice to local authorities in making a reality of Lifetime Neighbourhoods.
Digital technology can also be extremely valuable in helping people to stay in regular contact with their families and friends. Communities and Local Government is working with the Department for Work and Pensions and other partners to deliver a commitment to run digital inclusion projects targeted at giving people in sheltered housing access to new technology.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) of 22 June 2009, Official Report, column 642W, on council housing, if he will place in the Library a copy of the research reports on (a) rent analysis and (b) debt analysis. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities with council housing have not applied for financial support for reduced rent increases for council tenants. 
Mr. Ian Austin: Harlow and North Kesteven district councils have not taken up the Government's offer of compensation to enable them to reduce their rent increases in 2009-10 to an average of 3.1 per cent.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, column 1109W, on council housing: finance, whether local authorities which reduced their council tax discount on empty homes will be permitted to retain the additional revenue raised under the recalculation of the council tax base for the 2011-12 settlement. 
For the purposes of formula grant distribution, the council tax base for each authority is the number of Band D equivalent properties in their authority. The number of dwellings in each band is calculated by taking the number of dwellings on the valuation list and adjusting for various exemptions and discounts. This includes the number of dwellings that receive a discount because they are classed as long-term empty dwellings.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in his Department in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of such attendance at each conference. 
Barbara Follett: Records on overseas visits held in Communities and Local Government (CLG) do not identify separately the number made to attend foreign conferences or information on/or cost of what conferences were attended. This information can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what redesigns of websites operated by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies there have been since 27 June 2007; and what the (i) cost to the public purse and (ii) date of completion of each such redesign was. 
Barbara Follett: For information relating to the redesign of the Department's corporate website in August 2007, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Mr. Dhanda) on 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 264W.
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff of his Department were in its redeployment pool on 1 (a) January, (b) April, (c) July and (d) October 2009. 
As of 1 December 2009 the number of staff in the CTC had fallen to 33. Staff in the CTC undertake meaningful temporary roles while awaiting a permanent post, to widen their experience and alleviate pressure points in the business.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on (a) ministerial photoshoots and (b) production of videos in which Ministers appear in the last three years for which figures are available. 
Barbara Follett: The number of long-term empty domestic dwellings in Leeds since 2004 are shown in the following table. Data prior to 2004 are not available and data are not available at constituency level.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 13 May 2009, Official Report, column
838W, on the Equality Bill, whether local authorities will be compensated under the new burdens principle for the costs to them of implementing the provisions of the Equality Bill. 
Barbara Follett: The Government are committed to ensuring that all new burdens falling on local authorities are fully and properly funded so that there is no upward pressure on council tax bills. Where appropriate, funding is provided through the formula grant system or through specific grants.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his most recent estimate is of the date upon which each regional fire control room will become operational. 
Mr. Malik: Under current planning assumptions the first regional fire control rooms are expected to become operational in spring 2011 and the last fire and rescue service will switch over by the end of 2012:
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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has received on the FiReControl project from (a) fire and rescue and (b) local authorities in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date he expects the regional fire control centre in (a) the South West, (b) the South East, (c) the East of England, (d) the East Midlands, (e) the West Midlands, (f) Yorkshire and the Humber, (g) the North West and (h) the North East to become operational. 
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