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Local Government Finance

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department applocated per capita to each local authority in England in (a) 2009 real terms prices and (b) cash terms in each year since 1997. (323306)

The Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses published at

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/pesa09_chapter7.pdf

by HM Treasury show central Government grants to local government. The outturn figures are analysed between Departments but not between local authorities. The level of data analysis requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will direct the Audit Commission not to incur expenditure on lobbying activity against proposals to abolish comprehensive area assessments. (323627)

The Department's Accounting Officer has already written to all the Department's executive public bodies, including the Audit Commission, to remind them of their obligations when appointing public relations or other consultants, including that it will always be an improper use of public funds for NDPBs to employ PR or other consultants to lobby parliament or Government Departments in an attempt to influence Government policy or obtain higher funding. A copy of that letter has been placed in the Library of the House.