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Planning Policy Statements

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Publication of
revised PPS/PPG
1Delivering Sustainable Development23 February 041 February 05
Updates on:
Supporting the delivery of new housing; and17 July 0324 January 05
Planning for sustainable communities in
rural areas17 July 0324 January 05
Planning for mixed communities24 January 05Summer 05
Barker updateSpring 05Autumn 05
4Economic DevelopmentTo follow PPS6
6Town Centres15 December 03Spring 05
7Rural Areas15 September 033 August 04
9Nature Conservation/Biodiversity8 September 04May/June 05
10Waste Management6 December 04Spring/Summer 05
11Regional Planning13 October 037 September 04
12Development Plans13 October 037 September 04
22Renewable Energy5 November 039 August 04
23Pollution ControlFebruary and
July 023 November 04
24Planning and NoiseAutumn 05

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The review and replacement of other PPGs will take place as and when necessary in the light of their policy and strategic significance. In the mean time the current PPG will remain in place.

It is not proposed to produce any additional PPSs at present, although good practice guidance on specific topics may be produced from time to time.

Schools: Attendance

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.
School Attendance in England

Academic Year (September to May)
Secondary schools
Special schools
Primary schools
All schools

Schools: Building Repair Work

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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 1996–97 to £4.9 billion this year and will rise further to £6.3 billion by 2007–08. Progress is being made year-by-year in improving the quality of the school building stock.

Middle Schools

Baroness Sharp of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Schools: England/Wales Border

Baroness Sharp of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Filkin: There are no schools maintained by English local education authorities which are located within Wales.

Further information about the location of schools can be accessed via the EduBase web site EduBase is the department's official register of educational establishments.

Stamp Duty

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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 2003–04, and forecast for 2004–05, is published at–expenditures/table1–5.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.

Worklessness Among Households

Lord Howell of Guildford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

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.

The most recent available information was published by the Office for National Statistics in January 2005 in the first release Work and Worklessness among Households.

Drawing upon this source, 15.8 per cent of working age households were classed as workless in autumn 2004, the latest period available.

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.

Comparable percentages for France and Germany are not available.

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