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Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of running the Government Office for the South West was in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what work it has (a) undertaken and (b) completed in the Bournemouth area. (103171)

For 2005-06 the Government Office for the South West (GOSW) running cost was £14.823 million. For 2006-07, it is forecast to be £14.717 million. GOSW's work is set out in its annual forward look—“What's GOSW Doing? 2006-07” and in its annual review for 2005-06, available on the website

In Bournemouth the key priority this year is the development of a local area agreement, which should be finalised by March 2007. GOSW has worked with local partners on applying lessons from the Neighbourhood Management pathfinder in Boscombe and Springbourne to tackle deprivation across the borough; worked in partnership with the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership to invest (£534,274 in 2005-06, £436,541 for 2006-07) in measures to reduce crime, reassure the public and reduce the harm caused by illegal drugs. GOSW assessed the joint Local Transport Plan 2006 to 2011 and (2000 to 2005) delivery report which will inform transport funding decisions later this year. GOSW has also worked with the borough on delivery of the decent homes target, developing a housing market assessment and has shared good practice on homelessness.