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David Davis: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what local authority Best Value performance indicators in relation to alcohol-related crime (a) were complied in 200304 and (b) will be compiled in (i) 200405 and (ii) 200506. 
Mr. Raynsford: In 200304, one Best Value Performance Indicator (BVPI) was set in relation to alcohol related crime. BVPI 127 records the number of violent crimes per 1,000 population. This figure is further broken down to separately show acts of violence which occur in connection with a licensed premises and acts of violence committed under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The same data will be collected for 200405. Details of the BVPIs which will apply in 200506 will be announced shortly.
The data are outturn figures and are as reported by the local authority. The grants included are special and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance, revenue support grant and redistributed non-domestic rates.
Mr. Raynsford: In 200203, the London borough of Havering received £744 of central Government revenue funding per citizen. The data are outturn figures for 200203 and are as reported by the local authority. The grants included are special and specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance, revenue support grant and redistributed non-domestic rates.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will obtain from the Chairman of the Audit Commission a reply to the letter sent to the Chairman on 4 November 2004 by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. J. White. 
Mr. Raynsford: The Chair of the Audit Commission has advised that, following receipt of the letter of 4 November 2004, his office had spoken to my right hon. Friend's office and agreed no response was needed in the light of a letter sent by Manchester city council to my right hon. Friend also on 4 November 2004.
Mr. Raynsford: The average cost of an appeal against council tax banding in 200304 was approximately £340 (of which £300 relates to the Valuation Office Agency and £40 relates to the Valuation Tribunal Service).
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, jointly with the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) programme. The Review will look at the operation and outcomes of the DFG Programme and make proposals to improve its efficiency and fairness. This will include a review of the DFG means test.
A wide range of representations have been received from interested parties including MPs, local authorities and parents of disabled children. These will be considered as part of the Review which will report to Ministers in May.
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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 purchases of electronic devices are made through centrally negotiated contracts.
Michael Fabricant: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Office's policy regarding the retention of e-mails in electronic form (a) after and (b) up to 1 January 2005; and what instructions have been given regarding the deletion of e-mails prior to 1 January 2005. 
Mr. Hammond: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire and rescue authorities in England have substantially abandoned the 22-4 shift pattern since the introduction of the integrated risk management plans. 
Mr. Raynsford: As far as the Office Deputy Prime Minister is aware, none of the draft Integrated Risk Management Plans published for consultation have moved away from the 22-4 shift pattern since the introduction of the Integrated Risk Management Planning system. However, a number of fire and rescue authorities are reviewing their crewing arrangements.
Mr. Raynsford: A number of Fire and Rescue Authorities had proposed in their Year 1 Integrated Risk Management Plans to remove beds from certain fire stations. However, to date as far as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is aware, none has done so.
Phil Hope: Living Spaces was set up as an innovative approach to helping communities make tangible and lasting changes to their local environment. Due to the large demand from community groups for support from Living Spaces, funding for the three-year programme has been exhausted and, therefore, there are currently no plans to reopen the scheme for fresh applications. We are working across Government and elsewhere to ensure that Living Spaces, or a similar type of funding scheme, will continue in the future.
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