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Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review the effectiveness of building regulations as they relate to the environmental performance of foundation systems. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Part A (Structure) of the Building Regulations, and its supporting guidance, is primarily concerned with structural safety and performance. There is nothing currently in the regulations that relate to the environmental performance of foundation systems.
However, Government are keen to improve further the sustainability of the construction process and buildings as set out in the Strategy on Sustainable Construction, published by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. As part of the Site Waste Management Plan Regulations, which came into force in 2008, developers are required to identify a planned waste management action for each different type of waste, including on and off-site reuse, recycling and disposal. In relation to foundation systems this can include reusing materials. In addition, in April 2007 we introduced the Code for Sustainable Homes to encourage the development of more sustainable homes. To reach the minimum Code Standards, homes need to consider the environmental performance of all materials used in all elements of the building, which includes the foundations.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department has provided to the Institute for Community Cohesion for its project gathering information on social cohesion through surveys and focus groups under the Prevent strand of Project Contest; and when the findings of the project will be published. 
Mr. Khan: Communities and Local Government has not commissioned the Institute for Community Cohesion to gather information on social cohesion through surveys and focus groups under the Prevent strand of Project Contest, and as such has not provided any money to the institute for such a project.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2009, Official Report, column 476W, on community relations, what research other than that commissioned from the Tavistock Institute and De Montfort University has been commissioned by her Department into (a) social cohesion and (b) contributing factors to violent extremism in each year since 2005. 
Mr. Khan: The programmes of research carried out by Communities and Local Government, to understand social cohesion, and to understand contributing factors to violent extremism, include both qualitative and quantitative research.
The Citizenship Survey, a large scale household survey collecting data on various community attitudes, continues to provide a range of relevant information. NatCen have managed this since 2005 and will continue to run this until 1 April 2009 when a consortium of Ipsos Mori and BMRB take over the contract. Headline data are published quarterly and the anonymised dataset is subsequently published on Essex Data archive.
We also commissioned the Change Institute to carry out research into 13 Muslim ethnic communities in England, to better understand the diversity of these communities in terms of history, characteristics, demography and potential pathways into the communities.
Ipsos-MORI to carry out qualitative case study work in six areas on What works to improve Community Cohesion.
SQW Consulting to do Community Cohesion and Neighbourhood management: a pathfinder national evaluation.
Ipsos-MORI to carry out local area cohesion surveys in a small number of areas (2005 and 2007). Reports are unpublished.
The National Community Forum to carry out a literature review on cross-community interactions.
Laurence and Heath of Oxford University to carry out research called Predictors of Community Cohesionmulti-level modelling of Citizenship Survey data.
A think piece for the Commission on Integration and CohesionProfessor Daniel Dorling
Belonging in contemporary BritainAlessandra Buonfino with Louisa Thomson, Young Foundation
Bringing communities and people togetherComedia
Challenging attitudes, perceptions and mythsMiranda Lewis and Naomi Newman, IPPR
Community cohesion and deprivationAsif Afridi, b:RAP
Community cohesion and the public interestProfessor Shamit Saggar
Evidence on Integration and cohesionDTZ Consulting
French Lessons? A cross-channel look at Regeneration, Cohesion and IntegrationDr. Gareth Potts, British Urban Regeneration Association
Local decision-making and participationOmar Khan and Rob Berkley, Runnymede Trust
New complexities of cohesion in Britain. Superdiversity, Transnationalism and Civil IntegrationProfessor Steven Vertovec, OMPAS
Public attitudes towards cohesion and integrationIpsos MORI
Role of Faith as framing identity and influencing values, attitudes and behaviour of whole communities and the threat posed by enclavisation in some northern towns Dr. Alan Billings and Dr. Andrew Holden, Lancaster University
The Practical Impacts of Translation: Findings and Recommendations Central Office of Information
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle extremism in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands. 
Regarding support that has been provided by my Department, Coventry was allocated £125,000 in 2008-09 through its area based grant to support work on preventing violent extremism. It has been allocated
£150,000 and £162,000 in 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively to develop activities outlined in their recently developed prevent action plan.
I understand that a Prevent Working Group has been developed in Coventry, made up of senior representatives from the police, council, other public agencies, universities and colleges, that will meet for the first time in April. The group will continue to steer and develop understanding of the national preventing violent extremism agenda; local issues and good practice from elsewhere.
Coventry has also recently developed a communications strategy to help mainstream messages to counter extremism and it is currently developing a programme of activities for young people from diverse communities, which explores issues of identity and challenging extremist ideology, and provides support to the most vulnerable.
Examples of projects in the West Midlands that are helping to prevent violent extremism include work in Birmingham. The Capacity Building and Governance of Mosques programme aims to help build the capacity of Mosque Committees to improve leadership and ensure that women and young people participate in the development of the Mosque. In addition, the programme ensures that Mosques are in compliance with charity law and aware of the laws and regulations of the UK covering areas of Health and Safety, Child Protection and Criminal Record Bureau checks.
In addition since 2007, Communities and Local Government has funded over 70 projects to tackle violent extremism through the Preventing Violent Extremism Community Leadership Fund. Many of these projects have a national reach, however at least fifteen are working specifically in the West Midlands region. One of these projects has undertaken some focus groups with Muslim women in Coventry to discuss access to mosques for women. Further information on the Community Leadership Fund can be found at:
Three members of the Young Muslim Advisory Group (YMAG), which my Department supports, are based in the West Midlands. YMAG members have met with Government Office for the West Midlands to discuss how they can support activities working with young people to prevent violent extremism in the region.
There are also two National Muslim Women's Advisory Group (NMWAG) members in the West Midlands, who are both based in Birmingham. Tasneem Mahmood developed a national project called Hear My Voice that was launched in Birmingham. The project works with disaffected Muslim youth by providing them with social entrepreneur and business enterprise skills to tackle their problems. Shaista Gohir is currently working on a Role Models Project as part of NMWAG to raise the profile of Muslim Female Role Models in the UK.
West Midlands authorities would be able to provide further information on their recent activity to prevent violent extremism. Further information on funding being made available through Area Based Grant in 2009/10 can be found at:
West Midlands authorities would be able to provide further information on their recent activity to prevent violent extremism. Further information on funding being made available through area based grant in 2009-10 can be found at:
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the amount of uncollected council tax in England in each of the last five years. 
It should be noted that collection of council tax continues after the financial year to which they relate has ended so the amount not collected will eventually be less than the figures derivable from the releases.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by her Department on (a) capital expenditure and (b) maintenance and running costs for standby diesel generators for backup electricity on the departmental estate in each year since March 1997. 
Figures prior to 2004 are not available.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure her Department incurred as a result of overhanging debt repayments in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
|(1) This includes overhanging debt for transfers we expect to be completed by the end of financial year 2008-09.|
Mr. Khan: Costs incurred on reimbursable expenses in 2008-09, will be available only when the Department's resource accounts are fully audited and laid before Parliament. This is expected to be before the 2009 summer recess.
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