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ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Departmental Policies (Hull, North)

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Hull, North constituency, the effects on Hull, North of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [150615]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 5 March 2001]: The principal kinds of funding that this Department has provided to Kingston upon Hull local authority in the years 1997-98 to 2001-02 are shown in the table. These include grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.

It is not possible to determine how much of this money has been spent on Hull, North constituency. In most cases it is for the local authority to decide where within its boundary these resources are applied.

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£ million

Nature of funding 1997-981998-991999-20002000-01(2)2001-02
Revenue Support Grant122.708129.420133.106132.385140.039
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates60.75362.87567.37975.38672.533
Housing Investment Programme(3)5.9985.4486.053(4)16.411(5)21.993
Capital Receipts Initiative1.3054.2164.086----
SRB funding (award date)(6)6.0----(7)31.8--
New Deal for Communities Funding (award date)------(8)54.0
Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (award date)--------(9)16.89
Estate Action4.2522.3713.0313.0--
Transport Supplementary Grant0.8640.3210.624----
Transport Annual Capital Guideline0.8650.5310.624----
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval1.9811.9502.5304.1368.601

(2) Where known

(3) 1997-98 HIP allocation inherited from previous Government's spending plans. Present Government introduced CRI from 1997-98.

(4) Single Housing Pot introduced from 2000-01 resulting in CRI being merged with HIP.

(5) Resource accounting has resulted in a change to the way capital resources are allocated for 2001-02, with the introduction of a new Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) to cover the cost of maintaining local authority housing in a sound condition. Hull's MRA allocation for 2001-02 is £17.622 million and, for comparison purposes, is included in the 2001-02 HIP allocation above.

(6) Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) Round 4: £6 million awarded for a five-year scheme to address issues of parenting skills, educational aspirations and attainment).

(7) SRB Round 6: Hull had two successful bids: £28.3 million for Hull City Vision's programme to promote urban renaissance and address economic and social decline in targeted areas of Hull and East Riding; and £3.5 million for the "Humber Works" programme to establish an Intermediate Labour Market for very long term unemployed and to develop the Voluntary Sector.

(8) Over 10 years

(9) Over 3 years


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Housing Revenue Account Subsidy

£
Kingston upon Hull(10)M&M Allowance per house
1997-98718.91
1998-99725.23
1999-2000749.02
2000-01789.96
2001-02804.71

(10) Figures are given as allowance per dwelling rather than in global figures because stock reduction in Hull would distort figures and present a false picture.


European Funding

£13.4 million in grant was allocated to the Objective 2 Action Plan for Hull for the period 1997-99. An additional £9 million was allocated to the Deep tourist development and Kingswood industrial site development. Over 100 individual projects were supported within these allocations. Among the benefits will be: new employment opportunities; improved small firm survival and productivity; increased skill levels of employed and unemployed people; increased use of IT among small firms and individuals; and increased contribution of disadvantaged communities to their own economic and social development.

In the period 1997-99, over 25 projects (worth over £1 million in grant) were supported under Objective 3, with the aim of combating long-term unemployment and helping the integration into working life of young people and people exposed to exclusion from the labour market.

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In the first round of the new Objective 3 programme, projects worth over £7 million in grant have been approved for support.

Major Transport Schemes

Hedon Road Improvement

£53 million is being made available for the Hedon Road improvement scheme to improve travel to and from Hull Docks. This will help the development of the Port of Hull and help create jobs and prosperity across the city. Construction works are expected to start in May 2001.

Departmental Policies

(Houghton and Washington, East)

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects on Houghton and Washington, East of his Department's actions since 2 May 1997. [152992]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The principal kinds of funding that this Department has provided to the City of Sunderland in 1997 to 2002 are shown in the table. These include grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.

It is not possible to determine how much of this money has been spent on Houghton and Washington, East. It is for the local authority to decide where within its boundary these resources are applied.

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£ million
Nature of funding 1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02(11)
Revenue Support Grant126.001133.654139.958137.515145.032
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates64.58566.98572.27681.37379.005
Housing Investment Programme6.4456.8196.78018.340(12)6.926
Housing Revenue Account Subsidy32.35429.23027.91327.238n/k
Capital Receipts Initiative1.6695.7485.959n/an/a
SRB Funding(13)5.614(13)5.927(13)8.201(13)8.763(13)9.650
New Deal for Communities Fundingn/an/an/a(14)0.250(14)0.050
Neighbourhood Renewal Fundingn/an/an/an/a3.582
ERDF Funding3.1422.2010.1250.100n/k
Transport Supplementary Grant0.2600.3511.28600
Transport Annual Capital Guideline0.4250.3511.28600
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval1.1211.0751.5754.2175.592
Rural Bus Challenge Grant0(15)1.255(15)0.362(15)0.560n/k
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant0(15)0.054(15)0.059(15)0.082n/k
Capital Challenge 1.82.3770.82300
(Supplementary Credit and Basic Credit Approvals)(16)0.399(16)1.118(16)0.000100

(11) Where known

This figure does not include the Major Repairs Allowance allocated to the authority which amounts to £18.284 million.

(12) Please note, NDC expenditure is in the East End and Hendon and not in the hon. Members constituency.

(13) 1997-98 SRB figures include Round 3 funding for 'Pride in Pennywell'.

1998-99 SRB figures include Round 4 funding for 'Releasing Potential in Hendon and the East End'.

1999-00 SRB figures include Round 5 funding for 'Focus on Ford and Pallion'.

2000/01 SRB figures include Round 6 funding for 'Regenerating Thorney Close'.

(14) Figures quoted are the full amounts given to the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive of whom the authority is a partner.

(15) Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade also received Capital Challenge Funding. This was spent on the training centre at Barmston Mere, Washington although the whole of Tyne and Wear benefited from the investment.


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Bus Services

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what percentage of rural district council areas he estimates do not have a bus service. [153130]

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Mr. Hill: Information is not collected in the form that would enable a reliable estimate to be made.

However, the National Travel Survey for 1997-99 showed that in Great Britain as a whole 42 per cent. of households in rural areas were within 13 minutes walk of a bus stop with a service of at least once an hour.

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