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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 634W, on Government Offices for the Regions: procurement, how much the Government Office for the East of England paid to (a) Butterfly Hotels Ltd., (b) Five Lakes Hotel, (c) Hilton Hotel and (d) Jolly Hotel; on what dates; for what purpose; and how many civil servants used the facilities in each case. 
30 April 2008
Two meetings were held at this venue. The European Programmes Strategy Group held its regular meeting to oversee and scrutinise the region's use of European programme funding for 2007-13. The East of England Structural Fund Strategic Group reviewed delivery of the 2000-6 European Social Fund programme. 33 people attended the two meetings, including European Commission officials, national and regional Government officials and co-financing organisations from local authorities.
Eight civil servants: three from GO-East, two from CLG, two from DWP, one from BERR (now BIS).
13 March 2009
Regional partners met to review the Coastal Initiative's priorities, and to visit Abbots Hall Farm-a site of particular importance for coastal management. The initiative is a national exemplar which brings together Government Departments, regional expertise and local authority representatives to address issues faced by the coast. The event brought together 16 regional and local authority partners.
Three civil servants.
25-26 March 2009
The meeting looked at how GO-East will deliver housing and transport targets in the region, while protecting the environment and delivering carbon reduction. It looked particularly at the challenges in Hertfordshire, and involved discussions with local partners from the county council to agree how best to work together.
27 civil servants, four local authority colleagues.
13 February 2009
The meeting brought together Government Office Network officials from across the country to agree how we can most effectively deliver our role for the Department for Transport and for the communities we represent in each region. The event included looking at best practice examples of effective delivery in Cambridgeshire.
10 civil servants.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 634W, on Government Offices for the Regions: procurement, how much the Government Office for the North West paid to (a) Aintree Racecourses, (b) the Athenaeum, (c) Inn on the Lake and (d) Malmaison Hotel; on what dates; for what purpose; and how many civil servants used the facilities in each case. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 634W, on Government Offices for the Regions: procurement, how much the Government Office for the South East spent on (a) the County Club, (b) Devere Venues, (c) Mandolay Hotel and (d) Angel Posting House and Livery; and (i) on what dates and (ii) for what purpose each of those venues was used. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The amounts spent on the above named venues in 2008-09 are set out in my response to PQ 319132. The purposes for using these venues are provided in the following list. GOSE premises were being refurbished between September 2008 and March 2009 which meant that a number of meetings that would normally have been held in-house were held in external locations.
A number of Regional Resilience meetings with local resilience partners, and overseas emergency planners-9 October, 21 November, 5 December all 2008 and 7 January, 18 January, and 6 March all 2009.
Government office senior management team meeting- 30 September 2008
Housing and planning meeting-16 October 2008
Government office directorate restructuring planning meeting- 11 November 2008
Substance misuse partnership meeting-2 December 2008
Sustainable food and farming strategy partnership meeting- 19 March 2009
Government office directorate meeting-25 March 2009.
Accommodation costs for GOSE staff supporting the full Cabinet Meeting in Southampton-23 February 2009
A partnership meeting to discuss Young Peoples Substance Misuse-25 September 2008
A seminar for the South East Analysts network to look at and consider regional crime statistics-25 September 2008
Two meetings of the regional forum for the Drug Intervention Programme-24 October 2008 and 21 January 2009
A meeting to discuss the Civil Service South East agenda- 28 November
A meeting of the South East Regional (drugs) Availability Group attended by representatives of the police and partners from local authorities-16 January 2009
A business planning meeting to agree future priorities for GOSE's work on community cohesion and empowerment and on support to the third sector-12 February 2009
A Regional Resilience seminar with local emergency planners- 29 April 2009
GOSE non-executive director overnight accommodation, prior to GOSE Audit Committee and Board Meetings-15 April, 17 June, 24 September, 15 October all 2008
European Social Fund Regional Committee-26 February 2009
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2010, Official Report, column 634W, on Government Offices for the Regions: procurement, how much each Government Office paid to each supplier listed in 2008-09; and what the address of each named supplier was. 
Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing starts for housing of each type of tenure there were in the borough of Poole in the latest period for which figures are available. 
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New build starts from P2 quarterly returns submitted by local authorities and the National House-Building Council to CLG
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Standards Board has given to local authorities on visits by (i) hon. Members, (ii) parliamentary candidates and (iii) Cabinet Ministers to premises owned by local authorities (A) within and (B) outside election purdah periods. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Cabinet Office issues guidance to Departments on activities during general and local pre-election periods. Neither the Secretary of State nor the Standards Board issue separate guidance covering visits to premises owned by local authorities.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department has received from local authorities on funding to meet costs of supporting asylum seekers in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Malik: During the course of the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the 2010-11 local government finance settlement two responses-form the London borough of Croydon and from the High Ethnicity Authorities Special Interest Group-raised the specific issue of pressures from asylum seekers without recourse to public funds who have exhausted the appeals process but have yet to be removed.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether guidance has been given to local authorities on retaining lobbyists and public affairs firms for the purposes of seeking to influence Government policy. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Local authorities have traditionally sought to influence Government policy through their representative bodies, principally the Local Government Association, London councils and the National Association of Local Councils, and individually through making representations to Government. This Department has issued no guidance about the retention of lobbyists or public affairs firms to assist such activities.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for judicial review of a ministerial decision have been brought in relation to his Department's plans for local government restructuring; which bodies have made the applications; and what timetables have been set for each case. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Regarding the Secretary of State's decisions of 10 February 2010 to implement unitary proposals in Exeter and Norwich, one joint judicial review has been brought by Devon and Norfolk county
councils. The High Court has ordered that the case be listed for a hearing estimated at two days in the period 19 to 30 April 2010.
Nine separate challenges were brought by local authorities against the Secretary of State in relation to decisions taken in 2007 on unitary proposals concerning Bedfordshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Durham, Exeter, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Shropshire and Wiltshire. All these challenges have either been refused permission to apply for judicial review, withdrawn, or dismissed by the court.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which regional spatial strategies policies on (a) maximum parking standards and (b) the setting of parking charges have been introduced. 
Mr. Ian Austin: All regional spatial strategies currently in effect contain policies relating to parking standards for all types of development. Whether these standards are treated as maximums or not depends on the region. The RSS does not set out specific parking charges; this is the responsibility of local authorities.
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