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David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many days on average were lost per employee in his Department because of sickness; and how many officials retired early from his Department in each of the past 10 years. [R] 
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what (a) national and (b) international awareness events the Department and its predecessors have participated in since June 1997 in the form of (i) sponsorship, (ii) departmental attendance, (iii) similar departmental activities and (iv) a message of support. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list in (a) cash terms and (b) 200102 prices the SSA and AEF figures for (i) Wiltshire county council, (ii) West Wiltshire district council and (iii) Salisbury district council for each year since 199697. 
|SSA||Total external support(8)|
|Cash terms||200102 prices||Cash terms||200102 prices|
|West Wiltshire DC|
(8) Total external support comprises the sum of Revenue Support Grant, redistributed National Non-Domestic Rates, SSA Reduction Grant (SSA Review) and, from 199899 onwards, Central Support Protection Grant.
(9) The data for 199697 include an amount to cover the Thamesdown area. On 1 April 1997 Wiltshire was reorganised with Thamesdown borough council becoming a unitary council, Swindon borough council. Services previously undertaken by Wiltshire county council for this area became the responsibility of Swindon borough council. Data for 199798 onwards for Wiltshire county council do not cover the Swindon area.
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Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the methodology changes made since 1997 to the formulae for calculating the standard spending assessment and aggregate external finance figures for (a) Wiltshire county council, (b) West Wiltshire district council and (c) Salisbury district council; and if he will estimate the net financial effect of these changes. 
Dr. Whitehead: There were 15 changes in the method of determining Standard Spending assessments (SSAs) for the 199899 Local Government Finance Settlement; and 20 changes for the 19992000 Local Government Finance Settlement.
In 19992000 the Government introduced a new damping grant, Central Support Protection Grant (CSPG), to ensure that no authority received less grant than the year before, and that authorities which had education and personal social services responsibilities received at least 1.5 per cent. more than the year before.
The July 1998 Local Government White Paper announced a three year review of Revenue grant Distribution. It said that the Government did not expect to make fresh changes to the method of calculation of SSAs except where there are changes in the functions of councils, or the funding of particular services.
In 200001 there were therefore only limited adjustments to SSAs to accommodate the establishment of the Greater London Authority and related changes, most notably those arising from the alterations to the boundary of the Metropolitan police district and the Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey police areas. CSPG was retained in 200001.
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In 200102 there was only one change in the method of determining SSAs to reflect the transfer of funding for nursery education for four year olds. CSPG was replaced for those authorities with education and personal social services responsibilities by floors and ceilings, which guaranteed that no authority would receive less than a 3.2 per cent. increase and that no authority could get more than a 6.5 per cent. increase.
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and 27 November 2000, copies of which are in the Library. For convenience, copies of the relevant extracts have been placed in the Library.
The table shows the net percentage change in SSAs against adjusted SSAs for the previous year for Wiltshire, west Wiltshire and Salisbury over the period, together with the percentage change due to changes in methodology. It is inappropriate to compare actual SSA between years because of changes to the services financed by grants allocated using SSAs. Adjusted SSAs enable a like-for-like comparison between years.
|Year||Change against adjusted SSAs||Of which change due to methodology||Change against adjusted SSAs||Of which change due to methodology||Change against adjusted SSAs||Of which change due to methodology|
It is not possible to perform a similar analysis for aggregate external finance.
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