§ Mr. Caplin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what progress is being made in concluding public service agreements. 
§ Ms Armstrong
We have today concluded a second group of local public service agreements. The agreements are with the following authorities: Birmingham metropolitan borough council, Cambridgeshire county council, Derbyshire county council, London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, Sheffield city council and Sunderland city council. I am arranging for copies of these agreements to be placed in the Library.
Negotiations are continuing with the six remaining authorities taking part in the pilot scheme of local public service agreements. We expect to conclude these agreements soon.