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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which it is responsible (i) have a set retirement age which applies to all or most personnel and (ii) have a maximum age beyond which applications for employment will not be considered; and what the age is in each case. 
Phil Hope: The normal retirement age in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and its agencies is 60. Staff below the senior civil service may choose to continue in service until 65. Senior civil servants may exceptionally be invited to continue in service after 60 and other staff after 65.
Keith Hill: The Fire Service College, an Executive Agency of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, owns 39 residential properties of which one is empty but is expected to be occupied by a member of staff on secondment by the end of July 2004.
Phil Hope: As the Green Minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, I am a member of ENV, the Cabinet Committee on the Environment, and ENV(G), the Cabinet Sub-Committee of Green Ministers. I have also considered issues surrounding the ad hoc Ministerial Group on Climate Change and the Sustainable Building Task Group. However, it has been established practice under successive governments not to disclose information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees.
I am a member of the Sustainable Development Task Force, and have attended its regular meetings. In February, I presented a paper, "Sustainable Communities", to the task force, which set out the many ways in which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's overarching aim of creating sustainable communities contributes to sustainable development.
I also represent the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the Ministerial Group for the Implementation of the Energy White Paper. I presented a paper to this group in October on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's contribution to this agenda, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Information collected about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is in respect of households, rather than persons. A summary of information reported by East Riding of Yorkshire district council about the number of households
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accepted under homelessness legislation as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, in each year since 19992000, is as follows.
Phil Hope: Information about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly. Estimates of the number of households accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need show an increase of 34 per cent. between 199798 (102,430) and 200304 (137,000).
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost of air travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain was for (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the Department in the last year for which figures are available. 
Phil Hope: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not separately identify costs of air travel to different parts of the United Kingdom by officials and this information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The total cost of air travel to Northern Ireland by Ministers in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was £903 in 200304.
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