§ Dr. Lynne Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on progress with the New Deal for Communities. 
§ Ms Armstrong
Under our New Deal for Communities, community based partnerships in 17 of the most deprived neighbourhoods have now taken responsibility for tackling deep-rooted problems of social exclusion and multiple deprivation. Across Government, we will continue to work with those partnerships as they develop plans to deliver lasting change.