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Public Expenditure

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was allocated to reviving (a) coalfield communities, (b) steel communities, (c) rural communities, (d) inner-city areas and (e) seaside towns in each of the last 10 years. (244274)

I have been asked to reply.

I have placed in the Library of the House the totals of resource allocations from key programmes for 1997-98 to 2007-08 where such information is available, together with the local authorities that fall within existing definitions of the categories requested. I have also asked the Homes and Communities Agency to write to my hon. Friend separately, setting out the equivalent sums from that Agency’s programmes and those of its predecessor bodies over the relevant period. I will ensure a copy of this letter is placed in the Library of the House.

However, not all regeneration and renewal programmes record spend by local authorities such as Regional Development Agency programmes. Some other programmes funds are allocated to consortia of local authorities, and we do not gather information on how those funds are shared between the individual local authorities involved. In addition, Government do not classify English local authorities using all of the categories requested, so information therefore cannot be provided in relation to those categories. Information relating to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland should be sought from the respective Devolved Administrations.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministers at the (a) Department for Transport, (b) Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (c) Department for Communities and Local Government on bringing forward publicly-funded capital works commissioned by these Departments. (244276)

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to lay before Parliament the factual paper on the Barnett formula. (246413)