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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) large scale voluntary transfers and (b) arm's length management organisation transfers the community housing task force has worked on. 
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many claims for compensation due to injury from slips, trips or falls on council property or property maintained by the local authority have been lodged against each
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London local authority in each of the past two years; and how much money each London local authority paid out in compensation relating to injury from slips, trips or falls on council property or property maintained by the local authority in each of those years. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many conferences were (a) attended by officials from his Office, (b) cancelled by and (c) facilitated by his Office in each year since 1997; and what the (i) cost to his Office and (ii) location was in each case. 
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total income in capital receipts was from the sale of council housing under the right to buy in 200304, broken down by Government Office region. 
|Right-to-buy receipts (£ million)|
|Yorkshire and Humber||298.5|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the level of council tax receipts collected in each local authority was in each year since 1997, broken down by billing authority; and what the forecast receipts are for the next year; 
Although the budgeted council tax requirement for 200405 (after capping) excluding budgeted expenditure on council tax benefit is known to be £17.552 billion, the amounts that will have been received during 200405 will also depend upon changes in the tax base during the year, the in-year collection rates achieved, and the amounts collected in respect of earlier years.
Own band D council tax (2 adults) (£)
|Percentage increase in own band D council tax|
(5) what his Department's estimate is of the number of pensioners whose council tax band rating will move up following revaluation; what discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding subsidies for such households; and if he will make a statement; 
The distribution of dwellings to bands after revaluation will depend on property values as at 1 April 2005 and on decisions yet to be taken on the number and values of council tax bands. The report of the independent inquiry into local government funding
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by Sir Michael Lyons will inform the Government's decisions on council tax bands. This report is due to be submitted by the end of this year to my right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Government have already made clear that the revaluation should not lead to a change in the overall council tax yield. There will be a transitional relief scheme to help taxpayers whose properties move to a higher band. Council tax benefit will continue to be available to help those on low incomes with their council tax payments.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households there are in each council tax band; what his Department's estimate is of how many will fall into each band after revaluation; and if he will make a statement. 
|Number of households (thousand) (200304)|
|Band A (up to £40,000 at 1 April 1991 values)||4,494|
|Band B (over £40,000 and up to £52,000)||3,704|
|Band C (over £52,000 and up to £68,000)||4,152|
|Band D (over £68,000 and up to £88,000)||4,351|
|Band E (over £88,000 and up to £120,000)||1,899|
|Band F (over £120,000 and up to £160,000)||1,061|
|Band G (over £160,000 and up to £320,000)||766|
|Band H (over £320,000)||165|
The distribution of dwellings to bands after revaluation will depend on property values as at 1 April 2005 and on decisions yet to be taken on the number and values of council tax bands. The report of the independent inquiry into local government funding by Sir Michael Lyons which is due by the end of this year will inform the Government's decisions on council tax bands.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many items of electrical equipment were used by his Department in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) cost and (b) number of each type of item. 
All expenditure incurred by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the purchase and procurement of services and items is made in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting. Where possible it purchases electrical equipment through centrally negotiated contracts.
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