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North West Development Agency

Keith Vaz: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new members of the North West Development Agency are (a) women and (b) black or Asian. [198024]

Mr. Raynsford: The North West Development Agency staff recruitment during the period 1 May 2004 to 31 October 2004 included:

(a) 20 women

(b) three black or Asian women (included in the figure at (a)) and no black or Asian men were recruited.

Overcrowded Housing (Children)

Jon Trickett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the number of children living in overcrowded housing in the UK. [198755]

Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister estimates on the basis of the "bedroom standard" used in the Survey of English Housing, that there were 770,000 children under 16 living in overcrowded households in England in 2003–04. That figure represented 8 per cent. of all children.

Police Authority Budgets

Phil Sawford: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to cap police authority budgets for 2005–06; and what criteria will be used. [197856]

Mr. Raynsford: No decisions on capping in 2005–06 and beyond have been made. But the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has made it clear that we expect to see significantly lower council tax increases next year and will take even tougher capping action in 2005–06 if that proves necessary. This applies to all authorities, including police and fire authorities.

PPG3

Mr. Key: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will announce his conclusions on his Consultation Paper of July 2003 on a Proposed Change to Planning Policy Guidance Note 3, Housing. [198493]

Keith Hill: The intention is to publish the proposed changes to Planning Policy Guidance Note 3: "Housing" by the end of the year.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to publish a revised version of Planning Policy Guidance 3; and if he will make a statement. [198809]


 
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Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister consulted on proposed updates to Planning Policy Guidance Note 3: "Housing" (PPG3) last year entitled 'Influencing the Size, Type and Affordability of Housing', and 'Supporting the Delivery of New Housing'. We are considering responses to the consultation exercises undertaken last year and intend to publish the updates to PPG3 by the end of this year. Any further revisions to PPG3 to take account of the recommendations of the Barker review of housing supply will be completed in 2005.

Private Finance Initiatives

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the private finance initiative arrangements in which the Department is engaged; what the total cost of each arrangement is (a) over its lifetime and (b) in each year of its operation; and how the arrangement appears in the Department's public accounts. [193984]

Phil Hope: The following table shows the private finance initiative arrangements in which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is engaged. The information sought on the cost of each arrangement is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

All private finance initiative arrangements in which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is engaged in are procured by and through local authorities or its agencies and do not therefore appear on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's resource accounting.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister—List of private finance initiative arrangements

Office of the Deputy Prime MinisterSignedOperational
LB Islington: Depot/Vehicles—LONYesYes
LB Lambeth: Depot/Vehicles—LONYesYes
Fire Service
Avon, Somerset and Gloucester: Fire Training Facility—SWYesYes
Cornwall CC: Fire Stations—SWYesYes
Greater Manchester Fire and Civil Defence Authority: Stretford Divisional Headquarters and Fire Station—NWYesYes
Lancashire CC: Fire Stations—NWYesYes
London Fire Authority (GLA): Fire Vehicles and Equipment—LONYesYes
North Yorkshire CC: Fire Training Facility and Fire Station—YHYesYes
Tyne and Wear Fire and Civil Defence Authority: Fire Stations and other facilities—NEYes
South Wales Fire Authority: Training Centre for South Wales Fire and Rescue ServiceYes
Housing
Derby City Council: Social Housing— EMYesYes
LB Islington: HRA Pathfinder—Mainly Victorian Street Properties—LONYesYes
Manchester City Council: HRA Pathfinder, Plymouth Grove/Stockport Road Estate—NWYesYes
North East Derbyshire DC: Social Housing—EMYesYes
Oldham MBC: Sheltered Housing—NW
Reading DC: HRA Pathfinder, North Whitley—SEYesYes
Selby DC: 250 New Homes—YHYesYes
Warrington BC: Anson and Blenheim Close (Non HRA)—NWYes
Information and Communication Technology
Cambridge CC: "Cambridge Community Network"—EYesYes
LB Croydon: "Delivering Customer Focus"—LONYesYes
Derby City Council: Revenues and Benefits—EMYesYes
LB Harrow: Revenues and Benefits— LONYesYes
Kent CC: Strategic IT—SEYesYes
Norwich City Council: "Connect" Electronic Network—EYesYes
Leisure
Sefton MBC: Crosby Leisure Centre— NWYesYes
Uttlesford DC: Three New Sports and Leisure Centres—EYesYes
Property and Regeneration
Bournemouth BC: Library—SWYesYes
Brighton DC: Library—SEYes
Copeland BC: Office Rationalisation— NWYes
LB Hackney: Technology Learning Centre—LONYesYes
Norfolk CC: Salt Barns—EYesYes
North Wiltshire DC: Property Rationalisation—SWYesYes
Redcar and Cleveland BC: Office Accommodation—NEYesYes
Sheffield City Council: "Heart of the City" Offices—YHYesYes
Trafford MBC: Sale New Civic Centre Office Accommodation—NWYesYes
Department for Education and Skills/ Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Joint schools and community facilities
LB Barking and Dagenham: Joint Service Centre—LONYes
Bolton MBC: Primary School, Library and Community Facilities—NWYesYes
Brighton and Hove City Council: 4 Secondary Schools plus Community Library—SEYesYes
Cheshire CC: Ellesmere Port and Neston Schools and Community Facilities— NWYesYes
Essex CC: Clacton Joint Service Centre—EYesYes
Liverpool MDC: Speke/Garston Forward Learning Centre—NWYesYes
Sunderland City Council: Secondary School and Community Facilities—NEYesYes
LB Tower Hamlets: Mulberry School, Secondary School and Sports Hall— LONYesYes
Department of Health/Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Joint Housing and social services
LB Hammersmith and Fulham: Care and Housing for Older People—LONYesYes
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (Executive Agency)
Executive Agencies
QEII Conference Centre: Catering ServicesYesYes

 
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Referendums

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) focus groups, (b) opinion polling and (c) local government sources he consulted before going ahead with a referendum in the North East on a directly elected regional assembly. [197903]

Mr. Raynsford: The decision to proceed with the North East referendum was made in July, when Orders were laid before Parliament. I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Worthing West on 7 September 2004, Official Report, column 1167W.

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has made to address the differentiated application of the powers of honourable Members in the constituent parts of the United Kingdom since the decision was taken not to take forward further referendums for regional assemblies. [198074]

Mr. Raynsford: None.


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