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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make it his policy that the people of Hertfordshire will be able to choose the region they wish to be a part of in his plans for regional governance. 
No. As set out in chapter 6 of the White Paper "Your Region, Your Choice", we do not propose to depart from the existing boundaries used by the Government offices for the regions, regional development agencies and other bodies.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the impact on employment in the East of England region should an existing tier be abolished as outlined in his plans for regional governance. 
It is not possible to make accurate estimates of the impact on employment of any future local government reorganisation in the east of England region, as this will depend on the unitary structure recommended by the Boundary Committee for England. More generally, we expect that an elected regional assembly would help to increase employment in the region by enhancing regional economic competitiveness and performance.
Mr. Raynsford: Cost estimates have been based on a number of factors, including the number of staff working on relevant policy functions in the regions at present, the expected number of assembly members and support staff, and comparable costs for other tiers of Government, adjusted to take account of the specific features of regional assemblies.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in what areas neighbourhood wardens operate; and what access other areas have to opportunities to develop such schemes. 
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be dependent upon the outcome of the spending review, although any area may develop a scheme if they can secure the necessary support.
|Avon and Somerset parishes||2|
|Leicestershire (north west)||1|
|Longridge and Shaw Heath Estate||4|
|Stockton on Tees||8|
|Stoke on Trent||6|
|Vale of White Horse||2|
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Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when he expects to announce the next round of bidding for neighbourhood warden schemes; and if he will make a statement on the eligibility for entitlement to neighbourhood warden schemes for urban areas outside inner cities. 
This year we are introducing 123 Street Warden Schemes throughout the country. A £5 million extension of the existing 84 Neighbourhood Warden Schemes to the year 200304 has already been announced. Decisions on future funds will be dependent upon the outcome of the spending review. Warden schemes are found in all parts of the country from small rural places through to towns and large cities.
City of London
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Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) whether the announcement of proposals for the reform of local government funding will include indicative figures on the impact of local authorities grant positions of the proposals; 
(3) if he will make a statement on the timetable for the announcement of the review of local government funding and the implementation of the conclusions from that review. 
The Government will consult over the summer on options for the new system of revenue grant distribution to local authorities. We will make an announcement on the precise form of that consultation in due course. We intend our conclusions on the way forward to be announced in late November or early December, when we set out the proposed grant distribution to local authorities for 200304.
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(3) how many fires in multiple occupation homes were recorded by fire authorities in each of the past 10 years; 
Mrs. May: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many house fires there were in which people were (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) both, broken down by (i) deliberate and (ii) accidental fires, in the last three years. 
The following table shows the number of accidental and malicious (ie deliberate) dwelling fires attended by local authority fire brigades in the United Kingdom that resulted in deaths and injuries for the years 1998, 1999 and 2000.
|Number of dwelling(64) fires|
|Fires with deaths only||309||293||268|
|Fires with injuries only||8,829||8,756||8,315|
|Fires with deaths and injuries||106||78||89|
|Fires with deaths only||34||31||30|
|Fires with injuries only||1,177||1,195||1,296|
|Fires with deaths and injuries||14||18||17|
(64) Dwellings are defined as buildings occupied by households, excluding hotels, hostels and residential institutions. They also include caravans, houseboats and other non-building structures used solely as a permanent dwelling
(65) Data for 2000 are provisional. Death figures have not been estimated to take account of revisions likely to occur once further information from inquests and death certificates confirming cause of death is received.
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