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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 76 of his Department’s Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, to whom the £301,000 payment in settlement of a personal injury claim was made in December 2008; and where the injury occurred. (294650)

This amount relates to a payment made to a private individual. Disclosing the name of this individual would breach the first data protection principle. However, I can confirm that the payment was in settlement of a personal injury compensation claim which was brought against the Department by a former Property Services Agency employee who contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 76 of his Department’s Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, to whom the £750,000 compensation payment in respect of the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive scheme was made in November 2008; and for what reasons. (294654)

The payment of £750,000 in November 2008 was an out of court settlement to Cannock Chase district council in respect of legal challenges.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 76 of his Department’s Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, to whom the £9.3 million compensation payment was made in October 2008; and for what reasons. (294655)

This payment was made to the Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd. It was in settlement of a claim relating to the handling of a planning case which was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. This is explained further in chapter 10.83 of the departmental annual report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 18 of his Department's Resource Accounts for 2008-09, HC 449, what the ConnCom Plus programme is. (294662)

The ConnCom Plus programme, as listed in the Communities and Local Government Resource Accounts for 2008-09 (the payment listed was paid in 2007-08), was the Connecting Communities Plus programme, a grant programme for organisations working to promote race equality and community cohesion. The Community Development Foundation (CDF) managed the community grants part of this programme on behalf of CLG and this money was disbursed by the CDF to successful grant recipients.