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Which planning policy guidance (PPG) documents have already been replaced by new planning policy statements (PPS); what is the anticipated timetable for the full replacement by a PPS of each PPG; whether it is intended to produce any additional PPS documents; if so, on what subject; and when. [HL950]
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The Statement made in the other place by my right honourable friend the Member for Streatham on 17 June 2004 (Official Report, col. 45WS) indicated that priority would be given to replacement of planning policy guidance notes (PPGs) by planning policy statements (PPSs) where it was required for good policy reasons. Progress on replacement of those PPGs identified in the Statement as a priority is tabled below.
|1||Delivering Sustainable Development||23 February 04||1 February 05|
|Supporting the delivery of new housing; and||17 July 03||24 January 05|
|Planning for sustainable communities in|
|rural areas||17 July 03||24 January 05|
|Planning for mixed communities||24 January 05||Summer 05|
|Barker update||Spring 05||Autumn 05|
|4||Economic Development||To follow PPS6|
|6||Town Centres||15 December 03||Spring 05|
|7||Rural Areas||15 September 03||3 August 04|
|9||Nature Conservation/Biodiversity||8 September 04||May/June 05|
|10||Waste Management||6 December 04||Spring/Summer 05|
|11||Regional Planning||13 October 03||7 September 04|
|12||Development Plans||13 October 03||7 September 04|
|22||Renewable Energy||5 November 03||9 August 04|
|23||Pollution Control||February and|
|July 02||3 November 04|
|24||Planning and Noise||Autumn 05|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Lord Filkin): The information requested is shown in the tables below for England only. Figures for Wales are a matter for the Welsh Assembly.
Academic Year (September to May)
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Filkin on 11 January (WA 46), what is the total figure in England for (a) schools backlog repair work; and (b) future schools maintenance requirements in the next five years. [HL983]
Lord Filkin: School buildings' maintenance requirements for English local education authorities total approximately £700 million, £3.7 billion and £3.6 billion for Priority 1, 2 and 3 work respectively. Priorities 1, 2 and 3 relate to urgent work, work needed within two years and work needed within three to five years. Backlog repairs are not separately identified in the data. The figures cover cyclical and scheduled maintenance. They are derived from data supplied to the department by authorities, based on their asset-management condition assessments.
Central government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million in 199697 to £4.9 billion this year and will rise further to £6.3 billion by 200708. Progress is being made year-by-year in improving the quality of the school building stock.
Lord Filkin: As at January 2004 there were six middle schools across England which provide for year-group 11 pupils. The schools were the London Oratory School in Hammersmith and Fulham Local Education Authority (LEA) area; Hinde House School in Sheffield LEA; the Five Islands School in the Isles of Scilly LEA; Minster School in Nottinghamshire LEA; Caroline Chisholm School in Northamptonshire LEA and Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Surrey LEA.
Whether any English local education authorities have schools situated on the border between England and Wales or in Wales; and what are the names of such schools and their maintaining local education authorities. [HL1012]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): The estimated amount of stamp duty relief given in disadvantaged areas in 200304, and forecast for 200405, is published at www.newinternet.inrev.gov.uk/stats/taxexpenditures/table15.pdf. This amount includes some relief for residential transactions in those areas where the value of the transaction is above the stamp duty threshold but below £150,000. The amount of additional revenue if there had been no exemption from relief for commercial transactions from April 2003 is highly uncertain due to the likely use of other reliefs in some instances and other behavioural effects.
Letter from the National Statistician, Len Cook, dated 9 February 2005.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the percentage of households in the United Kingdom without a wage earner and the comparable percentages for France and Germany.
In the UK first release, a working age household is a household that includes at least one person of working age, that is, a man aged 16 to 64 or a woman aged 16 to 59. A workless household is a working age household where no one aged 16 or over is in employment.
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