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Departmental Policies (Bristol, East)

Jean Corston: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bristol, East constituency, the effects on Bristol of his Department's policies and actions (a) from 5 May 1994 to 2 May 1997, (b) from 2 May 1997 to 7 May 1998, and (c) since 7 May 1998. [35600]

Dr. Whitehead: The principal kinds of funding that this Department has provided to Bristol city council for the period 1994–2002 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 Bristol, East. It is for the local authority to decide where within its boundary these resources are applied.

£ million

Nature of funding5 May 94–2 May 972 May 97–7 May 98 7 May 98–11 Feb 02
Revenue Support Grant(7)166.581121.880506.021
Income form National Domestic Rates(8)122.23590.650426.346
Housing Investment Programme58.28015.96250.368
Housing Revenue Account Subsidyn/an/a16.629
Capital Receipts Initiative(9)n/a1.71411.567
Cash Incentive Scheme(10)0.200n/an/a
Loan Charges Defective Housing(11)4.4931.4985.990
SRB Funding(12)2.4463.89224.150
Local Transport Plan Settlement(13)3.0794.57421.287
New Deal for Communities(14)n/an/a3.617
Objective 2 Funding(15)n/an/a8.717
Urban 1 Funding(16)n/an/a2.101
Neighbourhood Renewal Funding(17)n/an/a0.850
Community Empowerment Fund(18)n/an/a0.062
Community Chest(19)n/an/a0.100
Workplace and Travel Plan Co-ordinators(20)n/an/a0.030
Estate Action(21)6.990n/an/a

(7) From 1996–97 Bristol became a unitary authority and took on greater responsibilities.

(8) See 1.

(9) The Capital Receipts Initiative started in 1997–98 and ran for three years to 1999–2000 before being swallowed up by the single housing pot.

(10) Supplementary Credit Approval for the Cash Incentive Scheme ceased in 1998–99. There is no information available prior to 1996–97.

(11) The figure for 2001–02 is provisional at this stage as it is claimed retrospectively.

(12) SRB figures are for a variety of projects over the six rounds of SRB funding.

(13) The figure given is for 1996–97. There is no information available prior to 1995–96 when an Avon Area Package was given £10,856 million. See additional information for East Bristol specific schemes.

(14) This figure is the total forecast spend at the end of 31 March 2002. Additional information about NDC can be found in the additional information.

(15) See additional information for projects approved so far that will have an impact on East Bristol.

(16) Examples of projects funded by Urban in the East Bristol Constituency are in the additional information.

(17) See additional information.

(18) See additional information.

(19) See additional information.

(20) See additional information.

(21) This programme continued under the Single Regeneration Budget following 1995.

Additional Information

New Deal for Communities

NDC is a 10-year programme that will bring an additional £50 million of government funding to support regeneration of the Dings, Redfield, Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill areas of Bristol. The programme supports a plan that brings together local people, community and voluntary organisations, public agencies, local authorities and business in an intensive local focus to tackle problems around, drugs, poor educational attainment, and unemployment.


Specific schemes funded in Bristol, East since May 1997 include:

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The South West of England Objective 2 programme was launched on 13 March 2001 with total European funding of £118 million. Five wards in Bristol will benefit—Ashley, Easton, Lawrence Hill, Windmill Hill and Filwood. Projects approved so far include:

Bristol, East wards have benefited from the E-C URBAN programme, a community initiative worth over £7.6 million in total over 1997–2001. Projects that have operated in Bristol East, include:

Bristol has been awarded £8 million over three years from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund. The fund is an additional, non-ring fenced resource to help local authorities in the most deprived areas focus their main programme spending to deliver better outcomes for their deprived communities. Knowle West, St. Pauls and Southmead have been identified in the city for targeting the fund.

Community Chest

This is a small grants scheme for small organisations in NRF authorities. Bristol has been allocated £100,000 in year one.

Community Empowerment Fund

Available to NRF authorities as way of capacity building in communities to enable them to play a full and meaningful role in Local Strategic Partnerships.

Workplace and School Travel Plan Co-ordinators

Bristol was successful in bidding for additional funding for Workplace and School Travel Plan Co-ordinators. The £30,000 was awarded to the Council, however the amount claimed will be slightly less due to recruitment taking place in June and August respectively.


Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what

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position he has taken on the proposed directive on the market access to port services; and if he will make a statement. [35872]

Mr. Jamieson: The proposed directive on market access to port services would introduce a framework for competition in provision of services within ports, covering cargo handling, passenger services and technical-nautical services, including pilotage. The UK fully supports the broad principles of liberalisation and competition in the provision of port services, subject to safety and standards being safeguarded. However, we have a number of concerns about the proposals, and we consider that amendments will be required in order to take account of the diversity and complexity of the ports industry.

The proposed directive is now under discussion in the Transport Council Working Group. We understand that the commission is planning to issue modified proposals. We shall consult fully with the ports industry, users, trades unions and other interests on them.

Social Housing (London)

Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many units of social housing were built in London in each year between 1979 and 2001; and how many bedrooms there were in these units. [36033]

Ms Keeble: The data we currently have available for housing completions by registered social landlords and Local authorities are as follows:

1989–90 3,638

The completions for registered social landlords of particular bedroom numbers are as follows:

1 bedroom2 bedrooms3 bedrooms4 or more bedrooms

(22) Percentage


For more recent years we only have the proportions of number of rooms.

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Information for the period 1979–88 is not readily available and there is no information currently available on the number of rooms per local authority completion.

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