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Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the real terms cash and percentage increase in the (a) standard spending assessment between 199798 and 200102, (b) revenue support grant between 199798 and 200102, (c) total external support between 199798 and 200102 and (d) aggregate external finance between 199798 and 200102 broken down by (i) unitary, (ii) shire county, (iii) shire district, (iv) metropolitan district and (v) London borough council. 
|Standard spending assessment||Revenue support grant||Total external support(24)||Aggregate external finance(25)|
|Type of authority||Cash increase (£ million)||Percentage increase||Cash increase (£ million)||Percentage increase||Cash increase (£ million)||Percentage increase||Cash increase (£ million)||Percentage increase|
(24) Revenue Support Grant plus redistributed national non-domestic rates plus SSA Reduction Grant (SSA Review) plus SSA Reduction Grant (Police Funding Review) plus Central Support Protection Grant plus principal formula Police Grant.
(25) Total External Support plus the City Offset plus Neighbourhood Renewal Fund plus other special and specific grants within AEF. The data on the other special and specific grants within AEF have been collated from statistical returns supplied by local authorities to DTLR, the other data come from administrative records held by DTLR.
(26) Includes City of London.
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Between 199798 and 200102, the last round of local government reorganisation took place. In 199798, there were 27 unitary councils, 35 shire counties and 260 shire districts. In 200102, there were 46 unitary councils, 34 shire counties and 238 shire districts.
It is not possible to calculate data for 199798 on a like-for-like basis with 200102. The data in the table do not make any allowance for local authority reorganisation or these changes in function or funding and the figures should therefore be treated with caution.
Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 6 March 2002]: The Government's proposals for reforming the local government finance system were published on 11 December 2001 in Part 2 of our White Paper "Strong Local LeadershipQuality Public Services". Copies are available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what funding his Department has provided to the cities of (a) London and (b) Westminster in the years 199293 to 200102, including grants and borrowing approvals for revenue and capital expenditure. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 11 February 2002, Official Report, column 20W, on disabled rail passengers, where the revised code was published; and if he will place the revised code in the Library. 
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what proportion of staff in his Department are dedicated to (a) roads, (b) rail, (c) aviation and (d) other forms of transport. 
Dr. Whitehead: The tables give the proportion of permanent and casual staff (full-time equivalents) who are dedicated to (a) roads, (b) rail, (c) aviation and (d) other forms of transport, for DTLR(C) including GOs and the DTLR agencies. It takes no account of staff employed by other bodies, such as the Strategic Rail Authority, the Office of Rail Regulator or the Civil Aviation Authority.
|Other forms of transport||5.0|
|Other forms of transport(28)||8|
(27) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, Driving Standards Agency, Highways Agency, Vehicle Certification Agency and Vehicle Inspectorate.
(28) Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 806W, on NATS, if he will break down the costs of setting up the NATS PPP into the main heads of expenditure; what sums were paid to advisers; and who they were. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Government's principal advisers on the NATS PPP were Credit Suisse First Boston, Slaughter and May and Deloitte and Touche. Insignia Richard Ellis, Ove Arup and Real Time Engineering also provided specialist advice. A total of £18.2 million has been paid in fees to these companies.
Total payments of £8.4 million and £23 million have been made to the CAA and NATS respectively, representing costs necessarily incurred by those organisations in preparing for the PPP. Other more minor items of expenditure account for the remaining £2.6 million.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 806W, in relation to the staff share allocation scheme in relation to the NATS PPP, how the valuation of shares will be calculated; by whom; what arrangements will be made for valuing shares of staff who leave; and by how much the shares have changed in value since they were allocated on 21 September 2001. 
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in relation to the NATS PPP, what pension arrangements were made for (a) those employees formerly employed by the CAA and (b) new employees of the NATS PPP. 
Mr. Jamieson: NATS employees formerly employed by the CAA retain the right to remain in the Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme (CAAPS). The pension arrangements of persons employed by NATS Ltd subsequent to the establishment of the PPP are a matter for that company.
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