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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Buckinghamshire health authority area waited more than (a) 13 weeks and (b) 26 weeks for a first outpatient appointment in each reporting period over the past two years. 
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|Patients seen who have waited:|
|Year||Quarter||13 to 26 weeks||26 plus weeks|
|Data pre "Shifting the Balance of Power"|
|Data post "Shifting the Balance of Power"(40)|
(40) Includes Chiltern and South Bucks primary care trust (PCT), Milton Keynes PCT, Vale of Aylesbury PCT and Wycombe PCT.
Department of Health form QM08R
Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to monitor and control the dispersal of heroin from Afghanistan, with particular reference to its import into the UK. 
John Healey: HM Customs and Excise is providing advice and assistance to the Afghan Transitional Administration to help counter the narcotics trade there. Customs also has a network of Drug Liaison Officers who gather intelligence and assist in the interdiction of heroin along transit routes from Afghanistan to the UK.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual revenue to the Exchequer from air passenger duty was in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) destination category and (b) rate category. 
John Healey: Details of revenue from air passenger duty, by destination category and rate category, are published in the HM Customs and Excise 'Air Passenger Duty Factsheet' (February 2002, Page l), a copy of which can be found in the Library of the House.
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reimburse the Department for International Development for the money it has allocated for humanitarian relief from next year's contingency reserve. 
John Healey [holding answer 1 April 2003]: The Government have set aside a total of £240 million for humanitarian assistance in Iraq. This includes £30 million for the MOD to provide immediate assistance on the ground, and £210 million which DfID will distribute, including an extra £120 million announced by the Chancellor on 27 March 2003.
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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's (a) responsibilities and (b) assets with regard to civil contingency planning; what funds are committed; what action he is taking within his Department to improve such planning; and what action he is taking in collaboration with other departments. 
(b) The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister civil contingency responsibilities include the readiness of the Fire Service to respond to civil threats, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack, the ability of the regions to engage in effective emergency planning; and earthquakes and major building structural failures. For the Fire Service, a total of £56 million has been committed to the New Dimension mass decontamination programme. On search and rescue, £3 million has been made available for the training of responders, the purchase of technical search and rescue and heavy rescue equipment, and the provision of training rigs at the Fire Service College; and a further £2 million to provide for the special needs of the capital.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is establishing regional resilience teams in Government Offices from 1 April 2003 to assist in providing multi-agency strategic direction to civil protection planning and preparedness at regional level.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is also responsible for the inter-agency London Resilience Team, which acts to drive and co-ordinate emergency planning against a catastrophic incident in the capital. It
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has reviewed preparedness in the capital and developed an urgent programme of action to strengthen the high level of resilience.
A small unit co-ordinates the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's response to broader civil contingency issues and the development of plans and capabilities in relation to its responsibilities. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is also taking appropriate actions to ensure the resilience of it's own operations. This includes collaboration with other Departments.
Mr. McNulty: The investment set out in the Communities Plan comes on stream at the start of financial year 200304. Work is proceeding across the whole agenda of the Plan and milestones have been achieved in a number of areas.
The Housing Corporation's 200304 programme for investment in affordable housing has been announced. The challenge fund element will deliver some 8000 homes, of which about half will be for key workers, and some 2,500 will be built using modern methods of construction.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress with achieving transparency in respect of the European working groups for which his Department is responsible. 
Mr. Leslie: The Government remain committed to greater openness in the EU institutions, including working groups, and strongly support the measures agreed at the Seville European Council to make the council more open in its legislative process. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister welcomes Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, council and commission documents as a result of which more documents are released to the public while genuinely sensitive documents are given the necessary protection.
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received interest free equity loans under the Homebuy Scheme; and what the total amount of funding granted is. 
Mr. McNulty: Up until 28 February 2003, 49 Homebuy purchases had been completed in Buckinghamshire since the scheme began in April 1999. The total amount of funding provided by the Housing Corporation for Homebuy purchases in Buckinghamshire was £1,693,269. A breakdown by local authority is tabled as follows:
|Local authority||Homebuy completions||Funding provided (£)|
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