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Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the cost to the London borough of Brent of vouchers given to tenants for refurbishment of Brent homes in each year since the scheme has been in operation; and for how many properties the vouchers were given each year. 
Keith Hill: The London borough of Brent does not provide vouchers to tenants for the refurbishment of Brent owned homes. Vouchers for the decoration of council owned properties are issued in two instances:
1. Void propertyassistance can be given to a tenant moving into a new property.
2. Decoration following Repairin cases where we have damaged decorations whilst carrying out repairs.
200102: 553 properties at a cost of £54,450
200203: 648 properties at a cost of £62,900
200304: 591 properties at a cost of £52,700.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of refurbishing and redecorating Brent council-owned homes was in each of the 10 years before the voucher scheme was introduced; and how many properties were refurbished and redecorated in each year. 
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) renovation and (b) maintenance projects on buildings (i) owned and (ii) rented by his Department were undertaken in each of the last five years; and what the associated costs were of each. 
Phil Hope [pursuant to the reply, 4 May 2004, Official Report, c. 1433W]: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was established in May 2002. Since that date the following renovation and maintenance projects have been undertaken at the properties (i) owned and (ii) rented by the office. All figures are exclusive of VAT.
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|Fire Service ImprovementMarchington||0||42,416||13,318||52,766|
|Government Office Network||101,496||214,000||803,820||256,311|
With regard to the maintenance figures, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister records an item of work as a project if it exceeds £15,000. Work of lower value is funded from bulk maintenance. The number of projects has prevented detailing each, as this could have been provided only at disproportionate cost.
The figures provided are gross expenditure and do not reflect receipts from other building occupants. Although the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has overall responsibility for the buildings occupied by Government offices, they carry out functions on behalf of 10 Departments.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) running costs and (b) total expenditure of (i) the Greater London Authority, (ii) each of the Government offices for the regions, (iii) the regional observatories and regional intelligence groups and (iv) the regional housing boards was in each year since each was established. 
The running costs for each Government Office for the period 1995-/96 until 200304, and their budgets for the current year, are detailed in the following table. The Government Offices now carry out activity on behalf of 10 Government Departments compared with four Departments in 199596. In 200203 they managed or influenced around £9 billion of Government expenditure broken down by region as follows: North East£664 million; North West£1,430 million; Yorkshire and the Humber£l,036 million; West Midlands
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£l,285 million; East Midlands£428 million; East of England£349 million; South West£499 million; South East£876 million; and London£2,592 million.
Regional Housing Boards' running costs are funded from the budgets of the core Board members: Government Offices, Regional Chambers/Assemblies, Regional Development Agencies, the Housing Corporation and English Partnerships. Information about their running costs are not held by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
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|Yorks and Humber||9,357.48||10,036.85||10,943.77||12,344.06||13,352.37|
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