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Departmental Annual Report

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the amber and red annual review reports to which she refers on page 55 of her Department's annual report for 2006. (115707)

Across 88 areas receiving neighbourhood renewal fund (NRF) in 2004-05, the following 16 local strategic partnerships (LSPs) were assessed as ‘amber/red’ for their performance in that year:

Allerdale

Ashfield

Barking and Dagenham

Birmingham

Burnley

Ealing

Hackney

Kingston-upon-Hull

Lambeth

Leicester

Lincoln

Luton

Nottingham

Plymouth

Sandwell

Sedgefield

Of these, nine improved sufficiently to be assessed as “amber/green” for their performance in 2005-06.

No LSPs receiving NRF were assessed as “red” for their performance in either 2004-05 or 2005-06.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose of the regional policy budget referred to on Table B9 of her Department’s annual report 2006, page 108 is; and how much of such funding was spent on administration. (115712)

The regional policy line within table B9 of the 2006 annual report from the Department for Communities and Local Government comprises the sum of a number of expenditure programmes. It does not include any departmental administration costs.

The largest component of the total for 2004-05 (£1,179 million of £1,799.5 million) was the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s contribution to the work of the English regional development agencies, which was paid via the Department for Trade and Industry.

Other significant items were expenditure by English Partnerships (the Urban Regeneration Agency and the Commission for New Towns) and grant payments, other than to local authorities, under the European regional development fund. English Partnerships and each regional development agency have published their own accounts for 2004-05 which set out how they spent their money, including how much was spent on administration. Copies of these accounts are in the Library of the House and are usually posted on the relevant organisation’s websites.