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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available online, (b) if copies were available in print (c) the date the time period given for responses opened and (d) the date the time period given for responses closed. 
Mr. Leslie: A full list of the public consultations undertaken by the Office or its predecessors since 1997 has been placed in the Library, including the dates for which the period for responses opened and closed. The list is based on central records and reflects the public consultations undertaken within the areas for which the Office is currently responsible. The Office does not, however, keep central historical records relating to the availability of consultation documents online or in printed form.
Mr. Breed: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 902W, on rural housing, how many households were identified as being in priority need for housing in each year since 1996 in local authorities defined as rural, broken down by region. 
Mr. McNulty: Summary information on activity under the statutory homeless provisions of the 1996 Housing Act is reported to the Department by local authorities in England. This includes the number of households accepted as being eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need. The numbers of these households in authorities classified as either "mixed rural" or "deep rural" are as follows:
|Financial year totals|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||1,200||1,100||1,100||1,000||1,000|
|All rural local authorities||17,200||15,100||14,400||14,500||15,200|
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Mr. Leslie: Records are currently being checked by brigades to ascertain how many firefighters meet the detailed eligibility criteria for receipt of the Jubilee Medal. While there are 33,200 whole-time firefighters and 15,000 retained, we estimate that around 6,000 of these will not meet the criteria. There are approximately 1,500 control room staff none of whom will qualify for the award under the eligibility criteria set up by the Inter-departmental Steering Group established for this purpose.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was the cash value of Government investment in housing, excluding (a) housing benefit, (b) mortgage tax relief and (c) council tax relief in each year since 1997. 
|Allocations to local authorities(8)|
|HIP(9)||Capital receipts initiative||Other(10)||Total||Housing corp. ADP(11)||Other(12)||Total|
(7) Figures exclude extra resources for housing PFI schemes (£760 million for 200102 to 200304).
(8) Estate Action allocations, which were treated as housing allocations up to 199495 but now come under regeneration, are excluded. Capital grants for gypsy sites are also not included.
(9) The Housing Investment Programme (HIP) figures exclude the element for expenditure financed from authorities' capital receipts included in allocations to individual authorities.
(10) Other allocations cover: Major Repairs Allowance (from 200102), Arms Length Companies (from 200303), and Cash Incentive Schemes (199798 to 199899).
(11) The Housing Corporation ADP figures are net figures and include support for City Challenge(199798 to 199899), Rough Sleepers Initiative, ERCF schemes, Major Repairs Initiative (from 19992000), and remodelling works (from 19992000).
(12) This covers the Starter Homes Initiative and the Safer Communities Supported Housing Fund.
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Mr. Raynsford: I set out the reasons behind the Government's approach to the use of the Secretary of State's powers to direct councils to hold mayoral referendums in the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Keith Vaz) on 25 June 2002, Official Report, columns 81213W. Within the framework of freedoms and flexibilities that we are introducing for councils, we believe it is more appropriate for councils themselves to make and justify to local people their own judgments on the outcome of any consultation about proposals for a new constitution.
It continues to be the case that where 5 per cent. or more of a local authority's electorate sign a petition calling for a mayoral referendum to be held, the council will be required to hold such a referendum.
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