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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Stationery

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if bespoke stationery provided for hon. Members' use is 100 per cent. recycled; and what the definition is of the term environmentally friendly, used in the House of Commons stationery catalogue. [154404]

Mrs. Roe: Bespoke stationery, as approved by the Administration Committee in May 1998, is manufactured from 75 per cent. pre-consumer waste and 25 per cent. virgin pulp harvested from sustainable forests. The current stationery catalogue contains no reference to environmentally friendly stationery.

SCOTLAND

Policy and Strategy Units

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when her policy unit was established; which of its reports are placed in the public domain; how many departmental or non-departmental special advisers participate in its work; how many regular (a) non- departmental and (b) departmental staff participate in its work; and how many of these work for the unit on a full-time basis. [150361]

Mrs. Liddell: My Department does not have a policy unit.

SERC Contracts

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list the contracts that exist between SERC and the Department, its executive agencies and associated public bodies; and if she will list those which have existed in the last three years. [151349]

Mrs. Liddell: My Department has one contract with SERC, for the provision of cleaning services at the Department's office in Edinburgh. There have been no other contracts with SERC since the Department was established on 1 July 1999.

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PRIME MINISTER

Performance and Innovation Unit

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the terms of reference, composition and consultation mechanisms of the Performance and Innovation Unit's inquiry into health in developing countries, indicating when it will report. [152120]

The Prime Minister: The Performance and Innovation Unit's project has three key aims:




The challenge is to find mechanisms to improve incentives, deploying new and existing solutions for tackling infectious diseases alongside developing countries' health care delivery systems and policies. This project will consider the attractiveness, efficacy, cost- effectiveness and affordability of the different types of the alternative approaches; sustainability will be an important criterion for assessing interventions.

As with all PIU projects, the project team comprises secondees and other Government Departments, including the Department for International Development, as well as specialists from the academic and private sectors. An advisory group is to be appointed including members from a wide range of backgrounds.

The project team is developing its ideas with a wide range of people and organisations already undertaking work in these areas. The team works closely with the Department for International Development and HM Treasury, and is meeting international stakeholders, including the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, UNAIDS and Governments of developing countries as well as NGOs and the private sector.

The project's major output will be a set of proposals to feed into the UK position at the G8 summit in July 2001. Two consultation papers have been published so far, and are available on the project's website: http:// www/cabinet-office.gov.uk/innovation/2001/health/ mainpage.html.

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to publish the report prepared on the future of UK renewable energy by the Performance and Innovation Unit. [154196]

The Prime Minister: The Performance and Innovation Unit study on resource productivity and renewable energy will be published in the autumn. The study will outline a long-term strategy for moving to a low-carbon, low-waste, knowledge-intensive economy in which renewable energy technologies are expected to play a major role. The study will set out how the £100 million announced in my environment speech on Tuesday 6 March will be used to support the development of a range of renewable technologies.

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Foot and Mouth Disease

Mr. Nicholls: To ask the Prime Minister what assessment Her Majesty's Government have made of the overall economic consequences for areas where foot and mouth disease has been discovered; if he will identify the consequential losses that flow from the disease with a view to proposing a package of financial measures to assist; and if he will make a statement. [153975]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 16 March 2001, Official Report, columns 753-54W.

The overall economic consequences cannot be quantified until the full extent of the outbreak is known. However, the situation is clearly a serious one. That is why I have asked my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment to chair a Task Force to consider the implications of the outbreak for the rural economy, both immediately and in the longer term and to report to me on appropriate measures.

Environmental Policy

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to discuss with business the implementation of environmental productivity indicators and long-term resource targets contained in his speech on environmental policy at Chatham House on 6 March. [154194]

The Prime Minister: We are already taking this forward. Last month, the Department of Trade and Industry held a joint conference with the Green Alliance on how to measure improvements in resource productivity. We will follow this up with further discussion with business, including asking the Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment for its views on the use of long-term resource targets to stimulate business innovation and improvement. The Performance and Innovation Unit in the Cabinet Office is also carrying out a major study on resource productivity and renewable energy.

House of Lords (Membership)

Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to exclude from membership of the House of Lords those persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom for tax purposes. [154243]

The Prime Minister [holding answer 16 March 2001]: As the Government made clear in their White Paper "Modernising Parliament Reforming the House of Lords" (Cm 4183), I have relinquished much of my power over the award of peerages. I have retained the right to determine how many recommendations to ask for from the other political parties and the Appointments Commission, but otherwise have made it clear that I will pass these recommendations on to Her Majesty, except in the most exceptional circumstances such as those endangering the security of the realm.

Leaked Reports

Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister what mechanism exists for investigating leaks of reports commissioned by him where the leaks occur before he receives them. [154398]

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The Prime Minister: It would be open for the author of an independent report commissioned by the Government to request the Government's assistance to investigate alleged leaks of drafts of that report. I have received no such request in respect of any recent independent report, nor do I expect one.

The right hon. Member for Hartlepool

Mr. Baker: To ask the Prime Minister if the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) delivered a letter on his behalf to the President of Syria during his recent visit to that country. [154332]

The Prime Minister: When in Syria, my right hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) was invited, at short notice, to a private meeting with the President where he delivered a short courtesy letter from the Prime Minister.

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Burns: To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the rules in the ministerial code of conduct governing Ministers visiting hon. Members' constituencies. [154408]

The Prime Minister: The rules are set out in paragraph 79 of the ministerial code.

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ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND THE REGIONS

Departmental Policies

Ms Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what initiatives embarked upon since May 1997 have benefited Ilford, North; and if he will make a statement. [152031]

Ms Beverley Hughes: Ilford, North has benefited from two strategic Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) schemes in the London Borough of Redbridge, Bridging the Gap and the Health Ladder to Social Inclusion.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 required the establishment of partnerships covering all local authority areas led by the police and the local authorities to reduce crime. Local initiatives supported under the Government's crime reduction programme include two CCTV schemes--a £203,000 scheme in Ilford town centre and a £714,000 safer parking scheme.

The principal funding that this Department has provided to the London Borough of Redbridge in 1997 to 2002 is shown in the table. These included grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.

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

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£000

Nature of funding1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02(1)
Revenue support grant94,657102,643107,450107,450118,642
Income from national non-domestic rates49,62052,48857,18764,38163,123
Housing capital allocations3,5254,4563,1132,6652,494
SRB funding--Bridging the Gap193550547992691
Health ladder----751,0501,500
Transport supplementary grant154147169n/a--
Transport annual capital guideline154147169n/a--
Transport block supplementary credit approval6404796441,375--
Capital Challenge (supplementary credit and basic credit approvals)1,4601,63416200

(1) Where known


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Mr. Drew: 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 the Stroud constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [152404]

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Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 6 March 2001]: The principal kinds of funding which this Department has provided to Stroud in 1997-98 to 2000-01 are shown in the table. These include grants and borrowing approvals from revenue and capital expenditure.

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Nature of funding 1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02
Revenue Support Grant(2) (£ million)1.7361.4621.3051.0131.288
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates(2) (£ million)3.4073.4653.7324.1494.104
Housing Investment Programme (£ million)1.6301.1671.2502.6601.179
Housing Revenue Account Subsidy(3) (£ million)2.3321.7901.3960.9824.588
Capital Receipts Initiative (£ million)0.2820.8550.869n/an/a
Cash Incentive Scheme (£ million)0.0600.030n/an/an/a
Loan Charges Defective Housing(4) (£)132,597132,597132,597132,597132,597
SRB funding(5) (£)nil41,580117,907862,06685,590
Transport Supplementary Grant(6) (£ million)2.5651.5553.5730.4630.409
Transport Annual Capital Guideline(6) (£ million)1.9651.4892.9730.3890.408
Rural Bus Challenge Grant(7) (£ million)00.250.99900
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant (£ million)00.7940.7940.7941.0

(2) The figures shown for Revenue Support Grant [1] and income from National Non-Domestic Rates [1] are the amount received by Stroud District Council.

(3) The figure for Housing Revenue Account Subsidy for 2000-01 is provisional and may be revised by subsequent claim forms. The figure for 2001-02 is based on the maintenance and management grant for the area, multiplied by the number of houses eligible.

(4) The figures for Loan Charges Defective Housing for 2000-01 are provisional at this stage since it is claimed retrospectively.

(5) SRB Funding--N.B. SRB was not paid to Stroud in 1997-98. Also the 2001-01 figure is forecast and another 5,000 may be paid at some stage.

(6) Transport Supplementary Grant and Transport Annual Capital Guideline represent the amount paid to Gloucestershire in 1997-98 to 2001-02. 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 Stroud. It is for the local authorities to decide where within their boundaries these resources are applied.

(7) Rural bus challenge--figures represent awards in that year, actual expenditure may be over a longer period. 2000-01 figures for RBSG represent allocation, actual outturn figure is not yet known.


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Mr. Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly to the locations as possible, the effects of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997 on (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) Wakefield district. [153000]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The principal kinds of funding that this Department has provided to Wakefield local

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authority in the year's 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 the Hemsworth constituency. 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(8)
Revenue Support Grant105.616113.327121.378117.791126.779
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates69.24072.23978.29188.74986.879
Housing Investment Programme(9)6.8125.5416.302(10)14.711(11)22.429
Capital Receipts Initiative1.2274.1534.272n/an/a
SRB Funding2.332.143.393.922.82
Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (award date)--------(12)9.990
Transport Supplementary Grant0.7210.7020.87600
Transport Annual Capital Guideline0.7210.7020.87600
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval1.1041.0861.1304.608(13)--

(8) Where known

(9) 1997-98 HIP allocation inherited from the previous Government's spending plans. Present Government introduced CRI from 1997-98.

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

(11) Resource accounting has resulted in a change to the way capital resources are allocated for 2001-02, with the introduction of the Major Repairs Allowance (MRA) to cover the cost of maintaining local authority housing in sound condition. Wakefield's MRA allocation is £18,088 million and, for comparison purposes, is included in the 2001-02 HIP allocation above.

Notes:

Housing Investment Programme


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Housing Revenue Account Subsidy £

WakefieldM&M allowance per dwelling
1997-98761.67
1998-99767.98
1999-2000791.67
2000-01832.01
2001-02839.81

Note:

Figures for the HRA are given as allowance per dwelling rather than in global figures

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

(12) Wakefield is one of 88 local authority areas, which have been targeted for the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and over the next three financial years will receive £9.990 million (£2.222 million, £3.329 million and £4.439 million respectively over the next three F/Ys).


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Because of this, Wakefield is also eligible for the Community Empowerment Fund (£400,000 over the next three years) and the Community Chest (no details yet, but will be a national fund of £50 million over three years).
Transport
6 This figure will not be known until agreement has been reached on the split between the five West Yorkshire local authorities of the Transport Supplementary Credit Approval allocated to the West Yorkshire PTA.
In addition, the following funds have been allocated to the West Yorkshire PTA, some of which have been/will be spent in the Wakefield MDC area:

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£ million

Nature of funding1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval003.0002.500(19)57.607
Rural Bus Challenge Grant000.3640.2090.917
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant00.5560.5560.5560.710

(13) This figure has yet to be split between the West Yorkshire PTA and five other West Yorkshire highway authorities


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SRB Schemes in Wakefield Area
Round 1: SESKU--Wakefield Economic Alliance
Aims to introduce a coherent and sustainable programme of regeneration to break the decline of the South Elmsall, South Kirby and Upton (SESKU) areas which have been dependent upon the coal industry.
SRB Support: £6.563 million
Scheme Total: £64.76 million
Round 3: Foundations for a Competitive Economy
Four-year scheme led by Wakefield Learning Partnership aimed at raising IT attainment and skill levels, fostering a culture of lifetime learning and equipping people for employment through community multi-media centres.
SRB Support: £2.3 million
Scheme Total: £7 million
Round 4: Fresh Aire
Six-year community-based scheme focusing on employment, education and training, community safety, and community capacity building. The target area covers the Airedale and Warwick, the most socially excluded estates in the district.
SRB Total: £4.127 million
Scheme Total: £14.910 million
Round 5: Hemsworth Coalfield
A six year scheme submitted by the Hemsworth Coalfield Partnership led by Wakefield MDC which focuses on the coalfields area in the south of Wakefield District, covering the communities of Hemsworth and Elmsall.
SRB Total: £8.050 million
Scheme Total: £20.319 million

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Round 6 Working on Cold Coal--North Wakefield
To further the regeneration of neighbourhoods and communities in the northern half of Wakefield District. Increase the employability of those excluded from the regional economy and reviving the neighbourhoods within which they live.
SRB Total: £7.87 million
Scheme Total: £28.93 million
European Funding
Under the 1997-99 Objective 2 Programme, the Action Plan for the Wakefield district was worth £5.3 million in ERDF and £2.4 million in ESF, together with capital projects (a development site and Yorkshire Sculpture Park projects worth over £6 million in ERDF/ESF).
Objective 3 (ESF), Wakefield had £113,000 in 1998 and £236,000 in 1999.
Objective 4 (ESF), Wakefield had £194,000 for 1998 and £490,000 for 1999.

Caroline Flint: 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 Don Valley constituency, the effects on Doncaster of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [153517]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The principal kinds of funding that this Department has provided to Doncaster 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 Don Valley constituency. 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(14)
Revenue Support Grant117.119124.896131.060129.066137.215
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates63.94166.42571.94680.86178.797
Housing Investment Programme(15)4.3834.2575.054(16)12.524(17)16.590
Capital Receipts Initiative1.0153.4243.241----
New Deal for Communities Funding--------(18)50.0
Neighbourhood Renewal Funding (award date)--------(19)19.8
Transport Supplementary Grant1.2160.3830.785Nil(20)11.350
Transport Annual Capital Guideline1.2160.3830.7859.750(20)9.120
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval0.3000.2701.2809.934(20)4.320

(14) Where known

Housing notes:

(15) 1997-98 HIP allocation inherited from previous Government's spending plans. Present Government introduced CRI from 1997-98.

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

(17) 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. Doncaster's MRA allocation for 2001-02 is £11.976 million and, for comparison purposes, is included in the 2001-02 HIP allocation.

(18) Over 10 years

(19) Over three years


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Doncaster's overall capital allocation of £16.590 million, represents an increase of 261.60 per cent. on the inherited 1997-98 HIP allocation.

Housing Revenue Account Subsidy

£
DoncasterM&M allowance per house
1997-98748.06
1998-99753.97
1999-2000776.37
2000-01814.59
2001-02820.29

Note:

In addition, Doncaster benefits from HRA subsidy. Figures are given as allowance per dwelling rather than in global figures.


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Transport:
7 This figure includes £9 million Transport Supplementary Grant held back until required.

In addition, the following funds have been allocated to the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority, some of which have been/will be spent in the Doncaster metropolitan borough council area.

£ million

Nature of funding1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval5.5006.1258.50011.92322.500
Rural Bus Challenge Grant000.0281.3830.674
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant00.3390.3390.3390.433

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SRB

No awards have been made to Doncaster since May 1997. However the Dearne Valley was awarded £1.6 million in 1998 to help the long-term unemployed back to work and to improve educational attainment. Doncaster also stands to benefit from the two successful South Yorkshire Coalfield bids (£16.5 million in 1999 and £80 million in 2000) and the £0.6 million bid in 2000 by the South Yorkshire Black Forum to support ethnic communities.

European Funding

Doncaster has had 2 Objective 2 Action Plans (covering Business Support and Community Development). Together they have had allocations of £6.3 million ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and £5.4 million ESF (European Social Fund). There were also Objective 2 offers for Tourism projects (including the Earth Centre) of £4.5 million and for the development of major industrial sites (Redhouse/Brodsworth) of some £2 million.

South Yorkshire has been designated an Objective 1 area, of which Doncaster and Don Valley are a part, and stands to benefit from over £700 million of European Funds over the next seven years.


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