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Dr. Whitehead [holding answer Monday, 25 March 2002]: The difficult and complex issues involved are necessitating very careful consideration and we hope to publish our policy paper on access to the electoral registers after Easter.
Dr. Whitehead: The dissemination of DTLR Free Literature is contracted to an external distribution contractor. The contractor is unable to provide the information in the exact form requested but can provide the following information.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if his Department has a standard definition of (a) privatisation, (b) part-privatisation, (c) public private partnership, (d) private finance initiative and (e) not for profit company (i) to which they must or have worked and (ii) which they have developed. 
Dr. Whitehead: The Government set out its definitions for the various types of public private partnership in XPublic Private PartnershipsThe Government's Approach" published in April 2000 and is available from the Libraries of the House.
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public funds to support costs incurred by council officers who have pursued libel actions; and what plans he has to review such guidance. 
Dr. Whitehead: No guidance has been issued to local authorities. However, section 101 of the Local Government Act 2000 makes provision for the Secretary of State, by order, to give local authorities a power to provide indemnities to their members and officers. We intend to consult on the scope of this power in due course. The consultation paper will clarify the circumstances in which authorities will be allowed to indemnify their members and officers against costs that they might incur.
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what revenue and capital support he plans to make available to local government services in Liverpool in 200203. 
Dr. Whitehead: Liverpool City Council will receive a general grant for the funding of revenue expenditure (excluding local authority housing) of #432.9 million under the Local Government Finance Settlement for 200203. Of the special and specific grants paid by this Department, Liverpool will receive #15.1 million from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund. They will also receive Housing Revenue Account subsidy (HRAS) calculated on the basis of claims yet to be made by the authority. The amount of HRAS claimed for 200102 is some #97 million, including a Major Repairs Allowance of over #17 million for capital repairs to their stock.
In 200203, Liverpool will receive #31.4 million basic credit approvals to support other capital spending as part of the single capital pot. They will also receive #9.9 million capital grant for Local Transport Plan administration. Additionally, #1.4 million Disabled Facilities Grants, and #0.4 million transitional private sector renewal grants are available to Liverpool, dependent on receipt of eligible grant claims.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the criteria are for the use of local authorities' section 33 arrangement to reclaim VAT as applied to (a) the New Deal for Communities partnerships and (b) registered social landlords (i) wholly and (ii) partially comprising stock transferred from a local authority. 
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the average level of local authority debt in England is (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of their budget; and if he will make a statement. 
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budgeted revenue expenditure for 200102. These figures cover the London boroughs, Metropolitan Districts, Unitary authorities, Shire counties, Shire districts and the Isles of Scilly.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the debt-free authorities in England, broken down by the parties which control them. 
|Local Authority||Political control|
|Barking and Dagenham||Lab|
|Basingstoke and Deane||Noc|
|Bath and NE Somerset||Noc|
|Bracknell Forest UA||Con|
|City of London||Oth|
|Epsom and Ewell||Ind|
|Reigate and Banstead||Con|
|Tonbridge and Malling||Noc|
|Vale of White Horse||LDem|
|West Berkshire UA||LDem|
|Windsor and Maidenhead UA||Noc|
|Cambridgeshire Police Authority Dorset Police Authority Kent Police Authority Merseyside Police Authority Suffolk Police Authority Sussex Police Authority Wiltshire Police Authority|
|Dartmoor Natonal Park Authority Exmoor National Park Authority Lake District National Park North York Moors National Park Authority Northumberland National Park Authority Peak National Park The Broads Authority Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority|
|North London Waste Authority|
|Greater London Authority|
Capital Payments and Receipts (CPR2) 200102
Definition: An authority is debt-free if (a) at 31 March 2001, the authority's credit ceiling was nil or a negative amount and (b) at 30 September 2001, the authority had no money outstanding by way of external borrowing other than short-term borrowing or hard to redeem debt, as defined in Regulation 154 of the Local Authorities (Capital Finance) Regulations 1997.
Con = Conservative
Ind = Independent
Lab = Labour
Noc = No Overall Control
LDem = Liberal Democrat
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Ms Keeble: Our proposals for local government funding are set out in the recent Local Government White PaperXStrong Local LeadershipQuality Public Services". They include the introduction of an arrangement for pooling a proportion of housing capital receipts arising in debt-free authorities to fund new housing investment where the need is greatest. This will mirror the arrangements that apply to non debt-free authorities. We are not proposing that this pooling should apply to receipts already realised.
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