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Social Services (Devon)

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what increase was allocated by his Department for social service provision in Devon County Council's standard spending assessment for 2000-01. [120090]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 2 May 2000]: The personal social services standard spending assessment for 2000-01 for Devon County Council increased by £5,326,769, or 5.2 per cent., compared with the previous year.

PFI Projects

Mr. Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what progress has been made with PFI projects in local government; and if he will list those projects endorsed so far. [120844]

Ms Beverley Hughes: A total of 126 projects across the country have been endorsed from 86 local authorities. Of these, 38 have reached contract signature and another 88 are rapidly progressing towards that stage. These projects are already bringing real improvements to the quality of life in local communities. A full list of the schemes endorsed is as follows. The list is updated regularly and is available on the DETR website http://www.local.detr.gov.uk/pfi.


Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Depot and Vehicle Services
Islington--signed
Lambeth--signed
Information Communication
Chelmsford: "Chelmsford Direct"
Information Technology
Croydon: "Delivering Customer Focus"
Daventry
Derby--signed
Harrow--signed
Kent--signed
Norwich: "Connect" electronic network

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Housing
Camden: HRA Pathfinder, modernisation of tower blocks
Derby: social housing
Islington: HRA Pathfinder, refurbishment and modernisation of mainly Victorian street properties
Leeds: HRA Pathfinder, Swarcliffe Estate
Manchester: HRA Pathfinder, Plymouth Grove/Stockport Road Estate
Manchester: energy services--signed
Newham: HRA Pathfinder, Canning Town
North East Derbyshire: HRA Pathfinder, South East Coalfield Area
North East Derbyshire: social housing--signed
Reading: HRA Pathfinder, North Whitley
Sandwell: HRA Pathfinder, Wednesbury South
Tower Hamlets: energy services--signed
Leisure
Sefton: Crosby leisure centre
Uttlesford: "Sports and Leisure Facilities" two new sports and leisure centres
Property
Bournemouth: library
Brighton: library
Copeland: office rationalisation
Hackney: technology learning centre--signed
Norfolk: salt barns--signed
North Wiltshire: property rationalisation--signed
Redcar and Cleveland: office accommodation
Sheffield: "Heart of the City" offices--signed
Shrewsbury and Atcham: office rationalisation
Trafford: Sale new civic centre office accommodation
Transport and Street Lighting
Brent: street lighting--signed
Doncaster: bus station--signed
Essex: A130 road--signed
Nottinghamshire: Nottingham Express Transit light rail scheme--signed
Staffordshire: street lighting
Walsall: street lighting
Waste Management
East London Waste Authority
East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Waste Partnership
Hereford, Worcester--signed
Isle of Wight--signed
Kirklees--signed
South Gloucestershire
Surrey--signed
Department for Education and Employment
Individual schools
Brent: relocation of Jews Free School
Dorset: Colfox School replacement secondary school--signed
Enfield: new secondary school--signed
Essex: new secondary school
Hillingdon: new secondary school--signed
Kingston upon Hull: Victoria Dock, new primary school--signed
Kent: Swanscombe
Lambeth: replacement secondary school as part of Project Vauxhall
Leeds: Cardinal Heenan, replacement secondary school--signed
Lancashire: Fleetwood High School, replacement/refurbishment
Liverpool: Speke/Garston Partnership
Manchester: Temple, replacement primary school
Portsmouth: new secondary school--signed
Redbridge: Barley Mow School, new school
Tower Hamlets: Mulberry School, replacement secondary school
Walsall: replacement of St. Thomas Moore secondary school
Waltham Forest: new secondary school
Westminster: Pimlico School, replacement secondary school

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Grouped schools
Birmingham: replacement of 10 schools
Brent: 32 schools
Cornwall: 36 schools joint venture
East Riding: six schools
East Sussex: five schools
Haringey: 10 secondary schools
Kirklees: 20 schools
Leeds: seven schools
Liverpool: 32 schools
Newham: two new primary schools and one new secondary school
North Yorkshire: four primary schools
Nottinghamshire: group of six schools
Richmond: expansion and refurbishment of two primary schools and three new primary schools
Sandwell: five primary schools
Sheffield: six schools
Southampton: expansion, refurbishment and replacement of three secondary schools
Staffordshire: two schools
Stoke on Trent: 126 schools
Tameside: schools rationalisation
Torbay: two schools
Tower Hamlets: 47 schools
Wiltshire: three schools
Wirral: nine schools
Other
Dudley: 104 schools Information and Communication Technology--signed
Lewisham: 90 schools catering--signed
Department of Health
Residential Homes
Enfield: building and running of three new resource centres
Greenwich: elderly persons' centres
Harrow--signed
Northampton: four new specialist centres for older people who are frail or with mental health needs
Richmond
Surrey--signed
Westminster--signed
Other
Dudley: multi-use facility
Harrow: four community resource centres and four houses for people with learning disabilities and mental ill health
Portsmouth: two day centres for people with learning difficulties
Staffordshire: new children's home
Home Office
Police HQs
Cheshire: relocation of HQ and training centre
Derbyshire: Divisional HQ in Derby--signed
Norfolk: Force HQ
Thames Valley: Force HQ--signed
Police stations
Cumbria: Workington
Derbyshire: Ilkeston--signed
Dorset: Dorchester
Other Police Schemes
Cleveland/Durham: firearms range
Greater Manchester Police: improve efficiency of operational policing
Metropolitan Police: "3Ci": a new Command, Control, Communications and Information Service
Northumbria: stables--signed
Nottinghamshire: area traffic facility
Sussex: new custody suites
Wiltshire: helicopters--signed

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Fire Service
Avon, Somerset and Gloucester: fire training facility
Cornwall: fire stations
Greater Manchester: Stretford, fire headquarters--signed
Lancashire: fire stations
London: fire vehicles and equipment
North Yorkshire: fire training facilities
Lord Chancellor's Department
Magistrates Courts
Avon and Somerset
Bedfordshire
Derbyshire
Hereford, Worcester
Humberside
Manchester

Road User Charging

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set national guidelines for road user charge exemptions and concessionary discounts. [121277]

Mr. Hill: We will consider issuing guidance to local authorities on road user charging exemptions and concessions in due course, to supplement those set through regulations.

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make regulations listing the classes of vehicles which will (a) receive discounts and (b) be exempt from road charging schemes. [121278]

Mr. Hill: Yes.

Rent Service Agency

Mr. Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what representations he has received regarding the operation of the Rent Service Agency in the last 12 months. [121204]

Mr. Mullin: We have received several representations regarding the Rent Service Agency and how rent officers perform their independent statutory functions in connection with housing benefit and registration of fair rents.

Mr. Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what statutory powers are available to him in respect of the operation of the Rent Service Agency. [121205]

Mr. Mullin: The Rent Act 1977 (as amended) grants the Secretary of State power to appoint, remunerate and provide administrative support for rent officers carrying out their statutory functions. A framework document (which is deposited in the Library of the House) authorises the Chief Executive to carry out these powers.

Mr. Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what discussions on rent controls he has had with the Chief Executive of the Rent Service Agency in the last 12 months. [121208]

Mr. Mullin: We have regular discussions with the Chief Executive of the Rent Service Agency at official

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and ministerial level about how rent officers perform their independent statutory functions in connection with housing benefit and registration of fair rents.


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