§ 11. Mr. Mahmood
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the progress of the New Deal for Communities. 
§ Mrs. Roche
Our New Deal for Communities Partnerships have a wide range of projects underway and are developing agreements with those who provide public services to make them more accountable to local people. Many partnerships can now point to important successes in reducing crime, improving the quality of the local environment and engaging with local people. Some of our partnerships do face challenging circumstances, but all are striving for success.