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Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what regulations exist to ensure that children's toilet facilities in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools meet the standards set for adults in health and safety at work legislation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: The number of toilets required in both primary and secondary schools is detailed in the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999. There are no specific regulations governing the condition and maintenance of toilet facilities but there is a general requirement that every part of a school and of the land provided for a school shall be such that the health, safety and welfare of the occupants is reasonably assured.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of total capital expenditure on schools in Somerset for each year from 1997 to 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: The following table shows capital resources allocated to Somerset local education authority and its schools since 1997. Decisions on how resources should be invested in schools are taken locally in accordance with locally prepared asset management plans.
Mr. Soames: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the environmental (a) costs and (b) consequences of the Government's policy for implementation of the Barker Report. 
The Government has accepted her central recommendation that there should be a step change in housing supply and has announced its intention to set a national market affordability goal (as recommended by Barker) as part of a package of measures by the end of 2005.
In order to inform this, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is commissioning two closely-related research projects. The first will analyse the relationship between housebuilding and affordability. The second, jointly commissioned with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will look at the implications of various levels of additional housebuilding for sustainable communities. It will consider a broad range of impacts, including social, environmental, economic and fiscal.
The Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2004 (ID04) can be used to assess the most deprived local authorities in Greater London. There are six presentations of multiple deprivation at the district level. These six summary measures capture the main ways in which multiple deprivation can be described at
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this level. No single summary measure is favoured over another, as there is no single best way of describing or comparing districts.
Phil Hope: As part of the Regional Assembly's process of developing the regional spatial strategy for the South East that will replace the Regional Planning Guidance for the South East (RPG9), there will be a number of opportunities for the electricity providers to comment on the emerging strategy. The Regional Assembly will be consulting on alternative spatial options in the new year.
|Size of dwelling||Average price (£000)|
Dr. Stoate: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the cost (a) in total and (b) per unit of new housing of providing or upgrading the necessary infrastructure to support the 20,000 homes that are due to be built in Kent Thameside in the next 20 years. 
Keith Hill: To date, £54 million has been allocated to support projects across Kent Thameside to 2006. There are also a number of North Kent wide initiatives that Office of the Deputy Prime Minister support separate to this and further programme funding to be allocated.
These resources are spread across a range of projects that support the creation of infrastructure necessary for growth and creation of Sustainable Communities. These include mixed use developments, transport infrastructure, public realm and environmental projects, and community facilities. It is therefore not possible to give a meaningful estimate that corresponds to individual housing units.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister works in partnership with other Government bodies and the private sector to secure full costs for infrastructure. Our funding therefore acts as a catalyst for growth including the 30,000 homes and 50,000 jobs planned for Kent Thameside. There are also a number of other government funding streams that support the Thames Gateway agendafor example Department for Transport/Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's £200 million Community Infrastructure Fun and Department of Health's additional £40 million for Growth Areas. The Department for Transport's funding towards CTRL Domestics and the Fastrack bus system are also significant funding commitments towards area growth.
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Keith Hill: The Merseyside market renewal pathfinder is governed by a board established in August 2002. It is an unincorporated association with an independent chair. Liverpool city council acts as the accountable body for the pathfinder. The Board has adopted a formal Memorandum of Agreement which sets out its governance arrangements. The current membership of the board is tabled as follows:
|John Glester||Independent||Independent Chair|
|Cllr Flo Clucas||Lead member||Liverpool city council|
|Cllr George Davis||Lead member||Wirral metropolitan borough council|
|Cllr Ian Maher||Lead member||Sefton metropolitan borough council|
|Allison Cooke||Chief Executive, Bebington and West Wirral Primary Care Trust||Wirral Local Strategic Partnership nominee|
|Kieran Gordon||Chief Executive, Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership||Liverpool Partnership Group nominee|
|Rev. Roger Driver||Health and Social Care Forum||Sefton borough Partnership nominee|
|Diane Walton||Assistant Director of Investment (Field)||Housing Corporation, Northern Region|
|Paul Spooner||Regional Director||English Partnerships|
|Jenny Charteris||Private sector||CPCR|
|Kelvin Hughes||Private sector||Cheshire Building Society|
|Vacant||Private sector||Being recruited|
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