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The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): In my Written Answer on Friday 4 April (WA 15253) I announced that we would be making available £800 million to local authorities from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) in 200405 and 200506 as part of our strategy to revitalise England's poorest neighbourhoods and create places where people want to live, not leave.
|Local Authority Names||NRF Allocation 200304 (£ m)||NRF Allocation 200405 (£ m)||NRF Allocation 200506 (£ m)|
|Barking and Dagenham||1.632728||1.632728||1.632728|
|Blackburn with Darwen||4.334824||4.334824||4.334824|
|Brighton & Hove||1.368876||1.368876||1.368876|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||1.033290||1.033290||1.033290|
|Kensington and Chelsea||1.080670||1.080670||1.080670|
|Kingston upon Hull||7.507272||7.507272||7.507272|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||6.843050||6.843050||6.843050|
|Redcar and Cleveland||3.472138||3.472138||3.472138|
Lord Rooker: Following changes made to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill, my right honourable friend the Minister of State for Local Government, the Regions and Fire is writing today to all Members in the English regions outside London to
Those who have already responded to this exercise are also being contacted again. In both cases, we are making it clear that we will consider further evidence or comments if people's views have changed in light of the amendments. We do not expect this to cause many people to change their minds about their response to the soundings exercise, but if people have changed their minds we would be happy to receive further views, information and evidence on this matter. If their response remains the same, they do not need to take any action; their original response will be considered as before. Additionally, any individual or organisation who did not previously submit comments but now wishes to put forward views, information or evidence on the level of interest in a referendum can do so.
Copies of the revised pro forma have been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses. They are also available from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website via www.odpm.gov.uk. Responses to this additional phase of the soundings exercise are requested by 16 May, since the Secretary of State is likely to take his decision shortly after that. bjc
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My honourable friend the Minister for Disabled People (Maria Eagle) will shortly be laying regulations to implement disability provisions of the Article 13 Employment Directive. These will protect disabled people from discrimination where they work for, or seek jobs with, over 1 million small employers.
My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Andrew Smith) announced on 22 January (Official Report col 12WS) that he would be publishing a draft Disability Bill later this year aimed at including further proposals outlined in our consultation document Towards Inclusion. The exact scope and content of the Bill are yet to be finalised, but we would expect the new provisions to help tackle many of the difficulties disabled people can face in society.
In addition, last year my honourable friend the Minister for Disabled People laid regulations which in October 2004 will bring into effect legislation requiring service providers to take reasonable steps to tackle physical barriers experienced by disabled people in gaining access to their services. She also recently laid
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): On 5 March the House approved a resolution, moved by the Leader of the House, authorising, with effect from 1 April, a new allowance to enable Members to claim reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs for up to two visits per year on parliamentary business to the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg or Strasbourg or to the national parliament of an EU state or candidate country. The House Committee discussed the new allowance on 1 April, and the committee's third report, which was published today (HL Paper 84), describes how it will be administered.
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