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Parliamentary Constituencies Act

Ian Lucas: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will amend schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 to make the Electoral Quota a fixed number and not recalculated at each periodical review. [94782]

Mr. Leslie: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has no plans to amend schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Constituencies Act, which in any event, would not be appropriate while the Boundary Commissions are engaged in the fifth general review of parliamentary constituencies. This will not be complete until late 2006.

Regional Bodies

Andrew Selous: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the locations of the offices of regional bodies and agencies, in the Eastern region for which his Department is responsible, broken down by county. [95060]

Mr. Leslie: The following table shows the locations of regional bodies and agencies in the East of England for which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is responsible by county:

Name of organisationAddressTownCounty
Fire and Rescue ServiceSouthfields Road, KempstonBedfordBedfordshire
Health and Safety Executive14 Cardiff RoadLutonBedfordshire
Vehicle Certification AgencyMillbrook Proving Ground, Millbrook, Nr AmptillBedfordBedfordshire
Valuation Office AgencyChaddesley House, 12a Lime StreetBedfordBedfordshire
The Rent Service1st Floor Clody House, 90–100 Collingdon StreetLutonBedfordshire
Community Fund2nd Floor, Elizabeth House, 1 High Street, ChestertonCambridgeCambridgeshire
Eastern Rent Assessment PanelGreat Eastern House, Tenison RoadCambridgeCambridgeshire
Fire and Rescue Service Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters,Hinchingbrooke Cottage, Brampton Road HuntingdonCambridgeshire
Valuation Office AgencyBlock A Government Offices, Brooklands AvenueCambridgeCambridgeshire
Valuation Tribunal Service3rd Floor, Stuart House, St. Johns StreetPeterboroughCambridgeshire
Valuation Office Agency3rd Floor, Churchgate, New RoadPeterboroughCambridgeshire
The Rent Service1st Floor, 27–28 Bridge StreetCambridgeCambridgeshire
Fire and Rescue ServiceRayleigh Close, Rayleigh Road, HuttonBrentwoodEssex
The Rent Service1st Floor, St. Mary's House, 90 Victoria RoadChelmsfordEssex
Valuation Office AgencyEast Anglia Group Office, London House, New London RdChelmsfordEssex
Valuation Office Agency34 SouthwayColchesterEssex
Valuation Tribunal ServiceSherbourne House, 71 Collingwood RoadWithamEssex
Health and Safety Executive39 Baddow RoadChelmsfordEssex
Fire and Rescue ServiceOld London RoadHertfordHertfordshire
Valuation Office AgencySt. Albans Group Office, St. Peters House, 45 Victoria StSt. AlbansHertfordshire
Valuation Tribunal Service6a St. Andrew StreetHertfordHertfordshire
Audit CommissionSt. Mary's House, Duke StreetNorwichNorfolk
Valuation Office AgencyRosebery Court, Central Avenue, St. Andrew's Business ParkNorwichNorfolk
Fire and Rescue ServiceBrigade Headquarters, Whitegates, HethersettNorwichNorfolk
Valuation Tribunal ServiceQueens House, Queens RoadNorwichNorfolk
Health and Safety ExecutiveKiln House, PottergateNorwichNorfolk
The Rent Service3rd Floor Rouen House, Rouen RoadNorwichNorfolk
Audit CommissionSpringvale Court, Hadleigh Road, SproughtonIpswichSuffolk
Valuation Office AgencySt. Clare House, GreyfriarsIpswichSuffolk
Fire and Rescue ServiceHeadquarters, Colchester RoadIpswichSuffolk
The Rent ServiceAdelphi House, Turret LaneIpswichSuffolk
Valuation Tribunal Service46–48 Westgate StreetIpswichSuffolk
East of England Local GovernmentConferenceFlempton House, FlemptonBury St EdmundsSuffolk
East of England Regional AssemblyFlempton House, FlemptonBury St EdmundsSuffolk

Regional Government

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the annual budget of (a) SEEDA, (b) SEERA and (c) GOSE in each year since their inception. [97408]

Mr. Raynsford: The information requested is set out in the table.

Annual budget-running costs
£ million

YearGOSESEEDASouth East England Regional Assembly

(37) Set up costs incurred by GOSE and therefore came out of GOSE budgets

(38) Forecast spend from single capital pot allocation

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Social Housing (Preston)

Mr. Jack: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the ways in which the proposals in his statement to the House on 5 February on social housing will enable Preston City Council to respond to its backlog of social housing refurbishment. [96749]

Mr. McNulty: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister's statement set out the proposals subsequently published in "Sustainable Communities: Building for the Future". This states that local authorities will be able to choose the right approach for additional investment in the stock that they own from the existing three options of: stock transfer; The Private Finance Initiative; and for high performing local authorities Arms Length Management Organisations. Authorities can use different options from this list for different parts of their stock, as part of an overarching strategy. This has been made possible through the removal of some of the barriers that prevented some authorities from using stock transfer. These options should enable Preston to respond to its backlog.

Standards Board

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints have been made to the Standards Board about members of (a) parish, town and community councils and (b) other councils in each year since its inception; of those how many have (i) been upheld, (ii) been partially upheld, (iii) been rejected or withdrawn and (iv) remain undetermined; and if he will make a statement on the nature of the complaints upheld and the disciplinary measures imposed. [94871]

Mr. Leslie: The number of allegations of councillor misconduct received by the Standards Board for England between November 2001 (when new codes of conduct were first adopted) and 31 March 2002, and between 1 April 2002 and 31 December 2002 (the latest date for which full figures are available) are set out in Table A.

Table A

November 2001 to March 2002April 2002 to December 2002
Parish and town councils(39)241,093
Other councils34927

(39) The Standards Board for England cannot consider allegations relating to members of community councils, which are Welsh local authorities.

The decisions taken on the 2,078 allegations listed above are set out in Table B.

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Table B

Cases which the Standards Board decided should not be investigated1,198
Cases awaiting a decision by the Standards Board172
Cases under investigation510
Cases where the investigating Ethical Standards Officer reported that there was no evidence of a breach of the code60
Cases where the investigating Ethical Standards Officer reported that no action need be taken102
Cases where the investigating Ethical Standards officer reported that the matter should be referred to the President of the Adjudication Panel(40)36

(40) On 16 January the Adjudication Panel heard the first case referred by an Ethical Standards Officer. The Panel concluded that the code had been breached, and the Councillor concerned was suspended for one year from being a member of his authority.



Mr. Allen: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the countries where Al-Qaeda and associated terrorist organisations are known to (a) maintain bases, (b) conduct training, (c) recruit personnel and (d) receive financial support; and what requests the Government has made to governments of such countries to prevent these activities. [96128]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Inverness, West (Mr. Kennedy) in the House on 5 February, 2003, Official Report, column 265–66.

E-mail Addresses

Mr. Yeo : To ask the Prime Minister by what e-mail address members of the public may contact him; when it became active; and the number of e-mails received in each month since activation. [97474]

The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Guildford (Ms Doughty) on 6 November 2002, Official Report, column 399W.

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