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Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held regarding the Stock Options Appraisal in (i) Bedfordshire, (ii) Hertfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire, (iv) Essex, (v) Suffolk and (vi) Norfolk with hon. Members representing constituencies in these areas. 
I met with my hon. Friends the Members for Stevenage (Barbara Follett) and Harlow (Mr. Rammell), to discuss, among other things, Stock Options Appraisal, in December 2003. There have been no meetings between officials and hon. Members representing constituencies in these areas to discuss Stock Options Appraisal.
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Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment has been made of the numbers of additional (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) firefighters, (d) police, (e) teachers and (f) other public sector workers that will be required following the building of the additional homes in Swale's local plan; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what assessment has been carried out of the requirement for additional (a) water, (b) electricity and (c) other infrastructure that will be required for the new homes to be built in Swale under the local plan; and if he will make a statement; 
Keith Hill: The Second Deposit Draft Swale Local Plan Review is expected in July 2005. Following the statutory consultation period, a local public inquiry will be held into any objections received on the plan. The public local inquiry is likely to take place in the first half of 2006.
The extent and cost of additional service provision and infrastructure required to meet the provisions of the plan, can only be established by the authorities responsible for service and infrastructure provision, who need to work closely with the local planning authority during the plan preparation process. Once the plan is finalized and the extent and distribution of additional development is determined, the requirements feed into infrastructure and service plans and budgets. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister cannot therefore put meaningful figures and dates on these requirements at this time.
I can, however, assure the hon. Member that it is the policy of this Government to ensure that future development is plan led and as such is served by services and infrastructure.
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) pursuant to his answer of 14 December to Question reference 204664, which of the secondary schools identified in each Education and Library Board area as having asbestos have (a) white and (b) blue asbestos; 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much it cost to (a) produce and (b) distribute the Northern Ireland Office Autumn Performance Report 2004; and how many copies were distributed. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Northern Ireland Office 2004 Autumn Performance Report was printed by The Stationery Office (TSO). Costs of printing and publication are met directly by TSO and do not fall to Government. The NIO is invoiced only for the 190 copies it requested. An additional cost was incurred this year on design and artwork on the report prior to printing. Overall the cost to the NIO of producing the Autumn Performance Report 2004 was slightly over £5,000.
To date the NIO has distributed around 160 copies to a range of Government agencies and public representatives, including the Northern Ireland Members of Parliament, HM Treasury and Northern Ireland Select Committees. Distribution is almost entirely carried out by the government messenger service: details of the cost would be disproportionately expensive to obtain, but it is believed to be minimal. The Stationery Office has its own distribution arrangements.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much he expects to be required for the settlement of clinical negligence claims in the Province over the next three years. 
However, the amount required within the next five years is currently estimated at £88.5 million.This figure represents the expected timing of payments over the next five years to settle clinical negligence claims outstanding in the HSS Boards and Trusts as at 31 March 2004.
Mr. Pearson: Numbers of cold-related deaths are not available, as cold is not recorded as a cause of death in itself. For the period 1994 to 2003 the annual number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate is presented in the following table.
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e) mobile telephones and (f) televisions. 
Mr. Paul Murphy:
The running costs of the Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones and (e) mobile telephones are provided in the following table.
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We are unable to provide the running costs for (f) televisions as they are captured under the general cost codes "audio visual equipment" and "office equipment". It would be difficult to determine which costs related to televisions only.
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