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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger have been submitted by (i) Richmonds of Worksop and (ii) Richmonds of Doncaster. 
Phil Hope: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does give guidance to local planning authorities on the control of outdoor advertisements. Before giving their consent to an advertisement local planning authorities have to consider the amenity and public safety aspects. Advertisements which are likely to distract motorists on a motorway or trunk road are unlikely to be approved.
Keith Hill: National policies for affordable housing are currently under review. A review of Regional Planning Guidance for the North West, including housing provision in the region, will begin later this year.
Mr. Raynsford: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is supporting a three-year project, managed by the Association of Town Centre Management, piloting 22 Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in England and Wales. The experiences of the pilots have been very helpful to us in framing the enabling Regulations for BIDS, on which we have recently consulted.
The Supporting People programme, introduced on 1 April 2003, provides housing-related support to over 1.2 million vulnerable people to help them sustain their tenancy and live more independently in their home. Over £3.5 billion has been allocated through the Supporting People programme in 200304 to 200405.
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Phil Hope: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is initiating a debate on the future of local government which will build on the current responsibility of authorities to make decisions about the delivery of a wide range of public services in their areas and to influence the delivery of others.
Mr. Raynsford: In April I awarded beacon status to Blackpool borough council and Salford city council, in recognition of their excellent performance in benefits administration. Both councils have now begun work to share their good practice with others.
Keith Hill: The Government do not intend to publish a single response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply in the UK. Kate Barker made a number of recommendations and, as my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer indicated in an initial reaction to the report when it was published, the time scale for responding to each of these will vary. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister intend to announce our decision on new regional arrangements for planning by the end this year, following a consultation exercise to be launched next month, and have them in place by September 2005. Also in September 2005, we will publish a national housing market affordability goal, again, following consultation. Our aim will be to keep stakeholders fully informed as the work develops and to publish regular reports on overall progress.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Home Office have worked with Refuge, Women's Aid and Comic Relief to publicise the 24-hour national domestic violence helpline through a £1 million publicity campaign using radio, women's press, washroom posters and supermarket till receipt advertising.
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Keith Hill: Warrington Borough Council have been allocated a total of almost £43 million in housing funding in the financial years 199798 to 200405. The allocations on a year by year basis are as set out in the following table:
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In addition, Warrington provisionally have a place on the Arms Length Management Organisation programme. A total of £18.3 million of extra funding for 200405 and 200506 has been allocated to Warrington to help achieve the Decent Homes standard in their own housing stock. This is conditional upon the outcome of an inspection of Warrington's housing service by the Audit Commission.
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