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Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will ask the Civil Aviation Authority whether there has been an increase in (a) air traffic using and (b) night flights in the corridor four miles either side of Detling Beacon in Kent since 11 September. 
Mr. Jamieson: The Civil Aviation Authority has advised that it is not aware of any increase in either air traffic users or night flights in the corridor four miles either side of the Detling Beacon since 11 September.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many local councillors there are in each unitary authority with a population of less than 100,000. 
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what is the applicable community charge or council tax charged by each unitary authority with a population of less than 100,000 (i) in the year immediately preceding their creation and (ii) in the following year. 
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|Average band D council tax:|
|The year before creation (£)||The following year (£)||Percentage change|
|Cleveland county council||558|||||
|Cleveland police authority||45||46|||
|Total area council tax(3)||759||837||10.3|
|Average band D council tax:|
|The year before creation||The following year||Percentage change|
|Leicestershire county council||483|||||
|Leicestershire police authority||45||52|||
|Total area council tax(3)||632||793||25.5|
(2) Figures are not on a like-for-like basis because each authority did not have responsibility for upper tier functions, such as education or social services, before reorganisation took place
(3) Figures rounded to the nearest pound
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the condition of the lining of the Millennium Dome; and what the estimated cost is of cleaning the lining. 
Ms Keeble: I understand from English Partnerships, who assumed ownership of the dome from 1 July 2001, that the roof of the dome is in good condition. There are three small holes in the internal lining, which do not need repairing. However, English Partnerships, will of course keep under review all matters relating to management and maintenance of their assets.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions on what dates (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have visited (i) the Millennium Dome and (ii) the site surrounding the Dome since 1 July. 
Ms Keeble: I visited the Greenwich Peninsula, including the dome, on 10 September 2001, as part of my visit to the Greenwich Millennium Village. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government and the
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Regions, has also frequently visited the Greenwich Peninsula, but not the dome, since 1 July 2001, as a constituency MP and as a private individual. No other DTLR minister has visited the dome or the Greenwich Peninsula recently.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions which of the unsuccessful bidders for the Millennium Dome have had (a) any and (b) all of their costs reimbursed; and if he will publish the names of each such bidder together with the amount of their reimbursement. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what plans the Government have to use the Millennium Dome over the Christmas period; and if he will open it as a refuge for the homeless. 
Ms Keeble: While the process of securing a long-term sustainable use is continuing, English Partnerships is following up expressions of interest it has received about possible events at the dome. The first of these will be the Ministry of Sound event on new year's eve. As preparation works will be under way in advance of this event, it will not be possible to accommodate any other uses during this period.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what assessment he has made of how many primary schools in England are on roads with speed limits in excess of 30 miles per hour. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) how many available fire appliances are (a) less than one, (b) between one and three, (c) between three and five and (d) over five years old; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) how many fire appliances are available in each (a) county and (b) London borough; 
(4) how many of the total number of fire appliances are in active service. 
Dr. Whitehead: The number of fire appliances available in fire brigades in England and Wales at 31 March 2001 are shown in the following table. The pumps provide fire cover as required by the Fire Services Act 1947. Special appliances include hydraulic platforms, turntable ladders, foam tenders, emergency tenders, control units, hose laying lorries, chemical incident units and fire boats.
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In 2000 there were 1,534 accidents involving appliances. It is not known how many of these were due to road accidents while on operational duty. Again the cost of determining this for 2000 and for earlier years would be disproportionate.
|Bedfordshire and Luton||22||19||4||0|
|County Durham and Darlington||27||6||5||0|
|Hereford and Worcester||42||18||6||0|
|Isle of Wight||16||9||3||0|
|Isles of Scilly||2||3||0||1|
|Mid and West Wales||72||36||12||0|
|Tyne and Wear||33||9||7||2|
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