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Emergency Services (Pleasure Boats)

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans there are to levy a charge on pleasure boat owners for the provision of emergency services; and if he will make a statement. [158054]

Mr. Hill: There are no proposed plans to levy a charge on pleasure boat owners for the provision of any emergency services.

Departmental Policies (Cannock Chase)

Tony Wright: 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 Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [158063]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The principal funding that this Department has provided to Cannock Chase since 1997 is shown in the table. This includes grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure.

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£ million

Nature of funding1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02(18)
Revenue Support Grant2.392.692.622.442.77
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates2.882.913.133.483.44
Local Government Reorganisationn/an/an/an/an/a
Supplementary Credit Approval(19)--(19)--(19)--(19)--(19)--
Housing Investment Programme1.271.061.282.831.14
Housing Revenue Account Subsidy5.324.454.303.96n/a
Capital Receipts Initiative0.260.840.79----
Cash Incentive Scheme0.040.04------
Loan Charges Defective Housing(20)----------
Major Repair Allowance--------3.40
SRB Funding (Scheme/Accountable Body)
Cannock Gateway2.92.93.73.32.4
Trent Challenge1.41.71.61.51.0
Total4.34.65.34.83.4
New Deal for Communities00000
Neighbourhood Renewal Funding00000
ERDF Funding0.170.74------
Staffordshire
Transport Supplementary Grant7.372.331.9400.42
Transport Annual Capital Guidance7.122.331.941.900.42
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval 1.070.702.369.3214.37
Rural Bus Challenge Grant(21)00.170.120.12(22)--
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant00.200.660.751.03
Capital Challenge (Supplementary Credit and Basic Credit Approvals)0.751.411.20----

(18) Where known

(19) None


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Notes:
Housing
The housing subsidy figure for 2000-01 is still provisional.
The reduction in HIP resources for 2001-02 is due to the introduction of the new Major Repair Allowance, ie a new way of allocating resources for works to council stock; the table shows Cannock's indicative figure for 2001-02.
3 There is no data for Loan Charges Defective Housing.
Cannock Chase SRB
Cannock Gateway
A comprehensive package of private sector led development with community involvement in a coal closure area. The seven-year scheme aims to tackle problems of drug abuse and child issues, low levels of educational attainment and involves major land reclamation schemes for private sector led employment development.
Trent Challenge
A six-year scheme led by Cannock Chase District Council, which complements the Regional Challenge bid for inward investment at the Lea Hall Power Station site. It targets three settlements, which have experienced considerable change in the wake of the closures of the local coal mine and power station. The scheme will enhance employment prospects through initiatives aimed at raising education and skill levels and by addressing housing, environment and quality of life issues.
Transport
The transport figures in the table apply to Staffordshire and not Cannock Chase District.

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4 Rural Bus Challenge totals represent awards for successful schemes, spend can be phased over more than one year. 5 N/K

Departmental Policies

(Plymouth Unitary Authority)

Mrs. Gilroy: 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 (a) Plymouth, Sutton constituency, (b) Plymouth, Devonport constituency and (c) South-West Devon constituency, the effects on the Plymouth unitary authority area of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [158032]

Ms Beverley Hughes: The principal funding that this Department has provided to Plymouth city council in the years 1997-98 to 2001-02 and to Devon county council in 1997-98 is shown in the tables. 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 Plymouth, Sutton and Plymouth, Devonport constituencies and the part of South-West Devon constituency in the Plymouth unitary authority area. It is for the local authority to decide where within its boundary these resources are applied.

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Plymouth city council(20)

£ million
Nature of funding 1997-981998-991999-20002000-01(21)2001-02
Revenue Support Grant(22)13.978103.545104.496103.809110.231
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates(22)8.17160.29565.10872.85571.213
Local Government Reorganisation Supplementary Credit Approval--6.7985.214(30)3.515--
Housing Investment Programme(24)4.7884.4174.703(25)12.939(26)14.750
Housing Revenue Account Subsidy12.13111.27811.149(30)10.093--
Capital Receipts Initiative0.9093.0763.166n/an/a
Cash Incentive Scheme0.2700.2510.000n/an/a
Loan Charges Defective Housing0.3440.3440.344(31)0.344(31)0.344
Neighbourhood Renewal Fund--------(27)1.058
Transport Supplementary Grant00.3340.63400
Transport Annual Capital Guideline00.3340.63400.500
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval0.8500.929(28)2.1223.723(28)5.865
Rural Bus Challenge Grant(29)0000.072n/k
Rural Bus Subsidy Grant00.0100.0100.0100.012
Capital Challenge (Supplementary Credit and Basic Credit Approvals)0.7111.3701.359----

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Devon county council(20)

£ million
Nature of funding 1997-98
Revenue Support Grant(22)(23)266.389
Income from National Non-Domestic Rates(22)(23)205.912
Local Government Reorganisation Supplementary Credit Approval1.812
Transport Supplementary Grant1.738
Transport Annual Capital Guideline1.738
Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval2.560
Capital Challenge (Supplementary Credit and Basic Credit Approvals)2.694

(20) Plymouth city council became a unitary authority, responsible for all the council services in its area, from 1998-99.

(21) Figures where known.

(22) The amounts of Revenue Support Grant and Income from National Non-Domestic Rates shown for 1997-98 and 1998-99 are the revised amounts allocated under "The Local Government Finance Report (England) 1997-98 Amending Report 1999" and "The Local Government Finance Report (England) 1998-99 Amending Report 2000" respectively.

(23) Devon was subject to a Structural Change Order on 1 April 1998. The figures for Revenue Support Grant and National Non-Domestic Rates quoted for Devon county council for 1997-98 include an amount for the areas covered by the city of Plymouth and the borough of Torbay.

(24) 1997-98 HIP allocation inherited from the previous Government's spending plans. Present Government introduced CRI from 1997-98.

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

(26) 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. Plymouth city council's MRA allocation for 2001-02 is £8.888 million and, for comparison purposes, is included in the 2001-02 HIP allocation above.

(27) Neighbourhood Renewal Fund starts in 2001-02.

(28) Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval figures for Plymouth city council include Public Transport Information allocations of £0.804 million in 1999-2000 and £0.600 million in 2001-02.

(29) Rural Bus Challenge figures represent awards--actual spend profiles for schemes may cover more than one year.

(30) Provisional.

(31) Estimated.


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New Deal for Communities (NDC)

Devonport People's Dreams in Plymouth has submitted a full delivery plan bid for funding NDC Round 2. In 2000-01, £0.4 million funding has been provided for management and administration of the process and £0.131 for 'Quick Win' proposals.

Single Regeneration Budget (SRB)

Three SRB awards have been made in Plymouth in Rounds 4-6 since May 1997. Funding provided for these schemes, and for schemes continuing from previous SRB rounds, since 1997-98 is included in the following table. It is not possible to disaggregate the funding for these schemes by constituency.

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£ million

SRB scheme 1997-981998-991999-20002000-01(32)2001-02
Plymouth 2000 Rounds 1-4 (Turning the Tide; Western Approaches; Key to the Future; Areas of Deprivation)(33)3.2324.1126.2515.294(34)--
Working Together for a Better Future (Round 5)n/an/a0.1641.687(34)--
Bid for Sutton Ward (Round 6)n/an/an/an/a(34)--
Plymouth 2020 Rounds 1-6n/an/an/an/a8.569

(32) Figures where known.

(33) Rounds 1-4 funding merged for accountability purposes.

(34) Rounds 1-6 funding merged for accountability purposes from 2001-02.


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European Funding

The whole of Plymouth was included in the Plymouth Objective 2 programme, which closed for new applications at the end of 1999. Major projects which have received funding since 1997-98 include: Tamar Science Park Phase 2 (£1.1 million), Seaton Barracks (£0.6 million) and Goschen Business Communications Centre (£0.5 million) in Plymouth, Devonport constituency; Royal William Yard (£1.6 million) and West End Revival Package (£0.4 million) in Plymouth, Sutton constituency; and Mountbatten Sailing and Watersports Centre (£1.6 million) in the part of South-West Devon constituency included in the Plymouth unitary authority area.

Most of Plymouth is included in the South West Objective 2 area that stands to benefit from £108 million

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of European funds over the next seven years. The remaining five wards in Plymouth stand to benefit from a programme for transitional areas in the South-West worth around £10 million in European funding over the next six years.


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