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County Councillors

Ms Merron: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to support improvements in standards of conduct of members of county councils. [71967]

Mr. Raynsford: From May this year, a new Code of Conduct has been applied to all councillors—including members of county councils. The new Code makes very clear the high standards of behaviour that are expected of all councillors. Alongside the introduction of new Codes, the Government has established the Standards Board for England to support councils in raising standards of conduct, and to investigate allegations of misconduct.

Huntingdonshire District Council

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate for Huntingdonshire District Council the effects of each of the options set out in chapter 9 of Formula Grant Distribution: A Consultation Paper. [74228]

Mr. Raynsford: The effects on Huntingdonshire DC of the options in chapter 9 (which relate to the Area Cost Adjustment) are set out on page 118 of the consultation document. They are as follows, showing in each case the increase both in actual and percentage terms compared with 2002/03.

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Local Authority2002/03 Total SSA Change from 2002/03 Total SSA
Option ACA1Option ACA2Option ACA3Option ACA4Option ACA5
(#m)(#m)(%)(#m)(%)(#m)(%)(#m)(%)(#m)(%)
Huntingdonshire14.00.32.4%0.32.1%0.43.0%0.64.4%0.75.1%


Local Government Staff

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he will take to improve the salary and conditions of service of local government staff; and if he will make a statement. [71948]

Mr. Raynsford: Negotiations on local government pay and conditions of service are carried out by local authorities and the trade unions.

Area-Based Initiatives

Claire Ward: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the outcome of the Review of Area Based Initiatives. [74805]

Mrs. Roche: I am announcing the outcome of the Review of Area Based Initiatives today. The Review sets out a number of important changes which will significantly improve the co-ordination of area based initiatives. I am placing copies of the report on the outcomes in the libraries of both Houses.

Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

David Wright: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to publish the Government's consultation document on a national alcohol harm reduction strategy. [75042]

Mr. Alexander: I have been asked to reply. It has always been the Government's intention to undertake an extensive process of consultation with stakeholders and relevant groups as part of the development of a National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy. Yesterday jointly with my hon. Friend Hazel Blears we published a consultation document ''National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy: Consultation Document'' setting out the areas on which the Government would welcome views. Copies of this have been placed in the Libraries of the House. The consultation period will run until 15 January and responses are sought directly to the Strategy Unit and Department of Health. We will also be holding a series of joint consultation events to seek the views of a range of stakeholders including local

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authorities, police, Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs), NHS/ medical services (eg PCTs), education (schools sector), academics (university sector), voluntary sector, non-government organisations, the alcohol industry, users of treatment services and employers. Once the consultation period has closed the Strategy Unit will produce an interim analysis taking account of responses received.

TREASURY

Excess Winter Deaths

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many excess winter deaths occurred in 2001–02, broken down by (a) English region, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Great Britain by age band; and if he will provide corresponding estimates for each of the last five years. [74536]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter to Mr. Burstow from Len Cook dated 16 Oct 2002:






Excess winter deaths* by age-group and Government Office Region of usual residence, 1991/1992–1999/2000 and 2000/2001**

1996/1997 1 1997/1998 1 1998/1999 1 1999/2000 1 2000/2001 1
England, Wales and elsewhere0–6430401700310037702300
65–7469704200695074403300
75–8417540787016340168408400
85+201409130204502039011000
All ages4769022900468404844025000
North East0–6413011090280100
65–74500360470480300
75–849205308901030600
85+680550920880500
All ages22301550237026801500
North West0–64510280630420200
65–74107050012301090600
75–842260980260020601300
85+25201010288025201600
All ages63602770735060903800
Yorkshire and the Humber0–64240210260350200
65–74700480810680500
75–84181086018001690800
85+1800910189019001000
All ages45402460476046202600
East Midlands0–64250130310350200
65–74470360550590300
75–84128070015601270800
85+1540820168016201000
All ages35402000409038202200
West Midlands0–64410250470440300
65–74740510750950400
75–841650800173018101000
85+174090019202090900
All ages45302460486052902600
East0–64240170130330100
65–74710410640670200
75–841720930159018001000
85+23201030244020701200
All ages50002540480048802400
London0–64430150420470300
65–74870320670930300
75–84224093016902050800
85+23901120216024301400
All ages59402520494058702800
South East0–64420250370630300
65–748705708901050200
75–842770990219024701000
85+36001410326035301600
All ages76503210671076803200
South West0–64300120230310300
65–74600400420620200
75–84183070013801580500
85+23201020210022201200
All ages50602240413047302300
Wales0–6412090230220200
65–74490360540420200
75–8410504809301090600
85+122035012001150600
All ages28801290290028801700
England0–6429301660290035702100
65–7465203890643070703100
75–8416490741015430157707800
85+189108770192501925010400
All ages4485021740440104565023400
England and Wales0–6430501760313037902300
65–7470104260697074903300
75–8417540789016360168508400
85+201309120204502040011000
All ages4773023030469004852025000

Notes:

* Excess winter deaths are defined by the Office for National Statistics as the difference between the number of deaths during the four winter months (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding autumn (August to November) and the following summer (April to July)

** provisional

1 rounded to the nearest 10

2 provisional, rounded to the nearest 100


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