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Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what proportion of social housing in west Wiltshire has been allocated to people from outside the district in each year since 1995; 
(2) what proportion of social housing was allocated to people from outside the district or unitary authority area in each of the English district and unitary authorities in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much residual debt by local authorities has been written off to enable housing study transfers to take place. 
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what grounds he is seeking leave to appeal against the High Court's decision in the case of the planning application of the Terning Wheel site, near Gatwick. 
Ms Keeble: This matter relates to the case of Hammond and Beasley v. SSTLR. Judgment was given on 21 February to quash the Secretary of State's decision letter of 14 August 2001 to refuse planning permission for the use of sites at Cophall Farm and the Terning Wheel as off-airport parking.
whether he has given adequate reasons for his decision; and
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Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list, by year, the additional supplementary credit approvals given to local authorities for exceptional needs since 1997. 
(3) Represents current estimate.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of the factors underlying the changes in the level of council tax in recent years. 
The limited analysis that we have carried out of the increases for 200203 suggests that there is a link between council tax rises and electoral cycles. This appears to be especially true for county councils, where elections were held last year and this year's average increase is higher than for other types of authority that provide similar services.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what legislative changes will be required as part of the introduction of comprehensive performance assessments. 
Mr. Byers: No legislative changes are required to permit the introduction of comprehensive performance assessment. This assessment process brings together information assembled from inspection reports, plan assessments and other central Government scrutiny processes empowered under existing legislation. I will however be seeking powers in the proposed Local Government Bill to facilitate attaching the freedoms, flexibilities and other consequences described in the Local
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Mr. Jamieson: At the moment, the prospective purchaser of a cleaner fuel vehicle applies to the Energy Saving Trust for a PowerShift grant before buying the vehicle or having their existing vehicle converted. This ensures that the conversion is on the PowerShift Register of clean, safe conversions, and safeguards against fraud. When the grant is confirmed, the applicant buys or converts the vehicle. The garage or converter provides a certificate, and the applicant claims the grant.
The trust have also introduced a new block grant scheme, under which the vehicle manufacturers can deduct the appropriate PowerShift grant from the list price or rental cost of the vehicle. This alternative means that the purchaser is not involved in applying for PowerShift grants.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent discussions he has had with car manufacturers on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Government fully support the voluntary agreements between the European Commission and European, Japanese and Korean car manufacturers to reduce the average carbon dioxide emissions from new passenger cars by 25 per cent. on 1995 levels by 200809. The UK played a leading role in the development of these agreements and continues to discuss progress regularly with manufacturers.
Mr. Jamieson: The Chancellor's Budget statement included a number of fiscal and other measures relating to road vehicles and fuels. An assessment of the impact of these on the transport system in Herefordshire has not been carried out.
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on (a) multi- modal studies and related research and consultancy fees and (b) infrastructure charging studies and related research and consultancy fees since May 1997. 
Mr. Byers [holding answer 23 April 2002]: Expenditure on (a) Multi-modal Studies and related research and consultancy fees is £21,581,883 and on (b) infrastructure charging and related research and consultancy fees is £7,665,000.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made as to the reasons for parents (a) choosing to take their children to school by car and (b) sending them on public transport. 
Mr. Byers: Research commissioned by my Department and other organisations has shown that the main reasons for driving children to/from school are security and safety, time, children's preference, linked school and work journeys, habit and cost.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the projects in the UK that have received funding from the EU trans-European transport network budget in each of the last five years, giving (a) the amount of funding given, (b) the nature of the project, (c) its expected start and completion dates and (d) the total cost of the project. 
Mr. Byers: Tables providing the information requested for UK projects that have received transport trans- European network funding over the past five years have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The start and completion dates and total project costs given are those last provided to the Department by the project sponsors. All financial information is provided in euros and it is not possible to give equivalent sterling figures because of exchange rate fluctuations over the five year period.
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