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Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

Lord Brett asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): In my Written Answer on Friday 4 April (WA 152–53) I announced that we would be making available £800 million to local authorities from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) in 2004–05 and 2005–06 as part of our strategy to revitalise England's poorest neighbourhoods and create places where people want to live, not leave.

I am today announcing the details of individual allocations for each of the 88 local authorities that are eligible for NRF. These are set out in the table below.

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund Allocations 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06

Local Authority NamesNRF Allocation 2003–04 (£ m)NRF Allocation 2004–05 (£ m)NRF Allocation 2005–06 (£ m)
Allerdale0.8554940.8554940.855494
Ashfield0.9636100.9636100.963610
Barking and Dagenham1.6327281.6327281.632728
Barnsley5.4441385.4441385.444138
Barrow-in-Furness1.8383821.8383821.838382
Birmingham22.04348822.04348822.043488
Blackburn with Darwen4.3348244.3348244.334824
Blackpool3.0078883.0078883.007888
Bolsover1.4688321.4688321.468832
Bolton5.4257065.4257065.425706
Bradford9.8118989.8118989.811898
Brent2.2791242.2791242.279124
Brighton & Hove1.3688761.3688761.368876
Bristol3.5652663.5652663.565266
Burnley1.2732701.2732701.273270
Camden4.2186704.2186704.218670
Coventry5.2895505.2895505.289550
Croydon0.5812480.5812480.581248
Derby3.2504683.2504683.250468
Derwentside1.4823101.4823101.482310
Doncaster8.7898508.7898508.789850
Dudley1.5205641.5205641.520564
Ealing0.9170760.9170760.917076
Easington4.4332704.4332704.433270
Enfield1.8595941.8595941.859594
Gateshead4.6428524.6428524.642852
Great Yarmouth1.9872301.9872301.987230
Greenwich3.8814523.8814523.881452
Hackney11.76540611.76540611.765406
Halton3.9284103.9284103.928410
Hammersmith and Fulham1.0332901.0332901.033290
Haringey5.3348145.3348145.334814
Hartlepool3.1375183.1375183.137518
Hastings1.3751601.3751601.375160
Hyndburn1.2936361.2936361.293636
Islington6.2700206.2700206.270020
Kensington and Chelsea1.0806701.0806701.080670
Kerrier1.6104881.6104881.610488
Kingston upon Hull7.5072727.5072727.507272
Kirklees2.9920562.9920562.992056
Knowsley7.3909387.3909387.390938
Lambeth2.4216862.4216862.421686
Leeds8.3955828.3955828.395582
Leicester8.3769708.3769708.376970
Lewisham2.4525062.4525062.452506
Lincoln0.4000000.4000000.400000
Liverpool20.13270620.13270620.132706
Luton1.5098661.5098661.509866
Manchester20.59508220.59508220.595082
Mansfield2.2986422.2986422.298642
Middlesbrough5.2493025.2493025.249302
Newcastle upon Tyne6.8430506.8430506.843050
Newham13.33196013.33196013.331960
North Tyneside3.0735803.0735803.073580
Nottingham9.2458809.2458809.245880
Oldham4.6739764.6739764.673976
Pendle1.9609421.9609421.960942
Penwith0.8291460.8291460.829146
Plymouth2.1141402.1141402.114140
Portsmouth0.9566600.9566600.956660
Preston2.5204342.5204342.520434
Redcar and Cleveland3.4721383.4721383.472138
Rochdale4.8779984.8779984.877998
Rotherham3.6686063.6686063.668606
Salford5.4408145.4408145.440814
Sandwell8.0505688.0505688.050568
Sedgefield1.1389261.1389261.138926
Sefton5.6313005.6313005.631300
Sheffield9.5808629.5808629.580862
South Tyneside5.3821945.3821945.382194
Southampton0.8617800.8617800.861780
Southwark7.9123587.9123587.912358
St Helens3.8731143.8731143.873114
Stockton-on-Tees3.8522043.8522043.852204
Stoke-on-Trent4.0337444.0337444.033744
Sunderland7.1637707.1637707.163770
Tameside1.3402301.3402301.340230
Tower Hamlets10.62364010.62364010.623640
Wakefield4.4393144.4393144.439314
Walsall7.1219507.1219507.121950
Waltham Forest2.5534902.5534902.553490
Wandsworth0.4000000.4000000.400000
Wansbeck1.3793301.3793301.379330
Wear Valley1.7062141.7062141.706214
Westminster1.4972961.4972961.497296
Wigan2.7252422.7252422.725242
Wirral5.0751925.0751925.075192
Wolverhampton5.9282705.9282705.928270
Totals400.000400.000400.000

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Elected Regional Assemblies:Soundings Exercise

Baroness Rendell of Babergh asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will be giving people another chance to respond to their soundings exercise on the level of interest in each English region in holding a referendum about establishing an elected regional assembly in light of the amendments made to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill.[HL2483]

Lord Rooker: Following changes made to the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill, my right honourable friend the Minister of State for Local Government, the Regions and Fire is writing today to all Members in the English regions outside London to

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follow up his earlier letter about the soundings exercise on the level of interest in holding a referendum about establishing an elected regional assembly. Voters in two-tier local authority areas will now have a say about the form of unitary local government relating to their area that would be introduced if an elected assembly is established.

Those who have already responded to this exercise are also being contacted again. In both cases, we are making it clear that we will consider further evidence or comments if people's views have changed in light of the amendments. We do not expect this to cause many people to change their minds about their response to the soundings exercise, but if people have changed their minds we would be happy to receive further views, information and evidence on this matter. If their response remains the same, they do not need to take any action; their original response will be considered as before. Additionally, any individual or organisation who did not previously submit comments but now wishes to put forward views, information or evidence on the level of interest in a referendum can do so.

Copies of the revised pro forma have been deposited in the Libraries of both Houses. They are also available from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website via www.odpm.gov.uk. Responses to this additional phase of the soundings exercise are requested by 16 May, since the Secretary of State is likely to take his decision shortly after that. bjc

Disabled People: Restrictions

Lord Campbell of Croy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they intend to introduce legislation in the near future to make progress in removing, where possible, obstacles and restrictions which hamper the lives of disabled people.[HL2290]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My honourable friend the Minister for Disabled People (Maria Eagle) will shortly be laying regulations to implement disability provisions of the Article 13 Employment Directive. These will protect disabled people from discrimination where they work for, or seek jobs with, over 1 million small employers.

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Andrew Smith) announced on 22 January (Official Report col 12WS) that he would be publishing a draft Disability Bill later this year aimed at including further proposals outlined in our consultation document Towards Inclusion. The exact scope and content of the Bill are yet to be finalised, but we would expect the new provisions to help tackle many of the difficulties disabled people can face in society.

In addition, last year my honourable friend the Minister for Disabled People laid regulations which in October 2004 will bring into effect legislation requiring service providers to take reasonable steps to tackle physical barriers experienced by disabled people in gaining access to their services. She also recently laid

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regulations which will make it easier for people who are registered or certified in Great Britain as blind or partially-sighted gain protection under the DDA. These come into force on 14 April 2003.

EU Travel on Parliamentary Business

Lord Wallace of Saltaire asked the Chairman of Committees:

    What steps have been taken to implement the resolution of 5 March concerning EU travel on parliamentary business.[HL2481]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): On 5 March the House approved a resolution, moved by the Leader of the House, authorising, with effect from 1 April, a new allowance to enable Members to claim reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs for up to two visits per year on parliamentary business to the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg or Strasbourg or to the national parliament of an EU state or candidate country. The House Committee discussed the new allowance on 1 April, and the committee's third report, which was published today (HL Paper 84), describes how it will be administered. bern


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