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Stachybotrys Chartarum

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action his Department has taken in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive and other agencies to assess (a) the prevalence and (b) appropriate action to deal with the toxic mould fungus stachybotrys chartarum in (i) the workplace and (ii) the wider environment. [208517]

Jane Kennedy: The Department for Work and Pensions and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are not engaged in any specific action to assess the prevalence of the mould Stachybotrys chartarum in the workplace. HSE does not assess the effect of microorganisms in the wider environment and is not aware of any assessment of the mould's prevalence by other agencies.

Employers have a statutory duty to identify workplace risks from all biological agents (including moulds) and to put control measures in place to manage those risks under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). Guidance on assessing risks to workers is available in the COSHH Approved Code of Practice and other guidance documents.
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Winter Fuel Allowance

Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners and (b) pensioner households in Sunderland (i) are eligible for winter fuel allowance, (ii) have not yet received their entitlement and (iii) have reported non-receipt of their allowance; and if he will make a statement. [209537]

Malcolm Wicks: It is not possible to provide an estimate of the number of people or households in Sunderland who are eligible to receive a winter fuel payment. Nor is it possible to say how many have not yet received their entitlement. The great majority of those who are entitled to a payment receive this automatically. Others have until 30 March 2005 to make their claim. So far there have been 78 reports of non-receipt of the winter fuel payment from people in Sunderland. These are being investigated and payments posted as appropriate.


Affordable Housing

Ms Oona King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the low cost home ownership units being built or acquired in Tower Hamlets between 2004 and 2006 housing associations have been reported as being for people from black and minority ethnic communities. [209616]

Keith Hill: 668 Low Cost Home Ownership properties in Tower Hamlets were allocated grant in the 2004–06 Approved Development Programme. Of these 361 dwellings (54 per cent.) have been identified by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in their bids as being intended for people from black and minority ethnic communities. Allocations are subject to variation.

Boot Estate

Mr. Wareing: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to visit the Boot Estate in Norris Green, Liverpool; and if he will make a statement. [209462]

Yvette Cooper: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister currently has no plans to visit the Boot Estate in Norris Green, Liverpool.

Mr. Wareing: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Minister of State for Housing and Planning will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby of 9 December 2004 in respect of the Boot Estate, Norris Green, Liverpool. [209463]

Keith Hill: I replied to my hon. Friend on 18 January 2005.

External Supplies

John Mann: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many tenders were let by his Department to external suppliers in financial year 2003–04; and what the value was. [209112]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was formed in May 2002 and since its inception has operated devolved procurement arrangements.
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Although certain information relating to procurement activity is centrally managed, the number of tenders issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister during this period is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Greater London Assembly

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the value for money of the Greater London Assembly. [209363]

Keith Hill: Londoners voted for a Mayor and Assembly for London in a referendum in 1998. The Greater London Authority, constituting the Mayor and Assembly, came in to existence in 2000 and is accountable to the voters of London.

The Mayor provides strategic leadership over London-wide issues while the Assembly's role is to scrutinise the Mayor's activities. The Audit Commission has recently carried out an Initial Performance Assessment of the Authority. The results will be published shortly.


Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless households on average were in (a) temporary accommodation and (b) bed and breakfast accommodation in England in each year since 1990–91. [207969]

Yvette Cooper: Local authorities report their activities under homelessness legislation quarterly, and this includes the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation as on the last day of the quarter. Tabled as follows are the numbers of such households distinguished by accommodation type, including bed and breakfast, as at 31 March for each year since 1991, together with a four quarter annual average for each year.
Households in temporary accommodation1 arranged by local authorities under homelessness legislation as at 31 March, together with the annual average for each financial year

Bed and breakfast
Total number of householdsNumberPercentage of totalNumberPercentage of total
March 199150,00012,2402410,23020
Average for 1990–9146,05011,920269,17020
March 199262,09012,2202010,31017
Average for 1991–9259,62012,8102110,28017
March 199361,3807,5701210,89018
Average for 1992–9363,6308,8401410,97017
March 199452,3404,920910,46020
Average for 1993–9455,0905,6201010,50019
March 199546,3504,4801010,38022
Average for 1994–9547,1904,5401010,19022
March 199643,2404,7501110,09023
Average for 1995–9645,0004,9201110,21023
March 199741,2504,100109,68023
Average for 1996–9742,6404,280109,96023
March 199847,5204,820109,73020
Average for 1997–9845,3504,620109,34021
March 199956,5806,570129,84017
Average for 1998–9953,0706,270129,73018
March 200065,1708,6801310,30016
Average for 1999–200061,8108,1601310,03016
March 200175,20010,8601410,61014
Average for 2000–0171,9209,7701410,55015
March 200280,44011,840159,61012
Average for 2001–0278,19011,8401510,05013
March 200389,40012,0701410,01011
Average for 2002–0385,16012,560159,79011
March 2004(22)97,2907,170710,85011
Average for 2003–04(22)94,4909,2801010,54011

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Private sector
Other types (including LA/
RSL's own stock)
NumberPercentage of totalNumberPercentage of total
March 19915—(24)27,53055
Average for 1990–91(24)(24)24,96054
March 199225,1904114,37023
Average for 1991–9222,9003813,64023
March 199326,2704416,20026
Average for 1992–9327,8104416,01025
March 199420,8604016,10031
Average for 1993–9423,2704215,71029
March 199514,1303017,36037
Average for 1994–9516,3803516,08034
March 199611,4102616,99039
Average for 1995–9612,0002717,88040
March 199714,0403413,43033
Average for 1996–9711,9202816,49039
March 199814,8203118,15038
Average for 1997–9814,3703217,03038
March 199919,2703420,90037
Average for 1998–9917,6103319,47037
March 200020,0603126,13040
Average for 1999–200019,0003124,62040
March 200125,6103428,12037
Average for 2000–0124,2803427,33038
March 200228,3703530,62038
Average for 2001–0226,4103429,90038
March 200337,1304230,21034
Average for 2002–0333,2503929,58035
March 200450,0805129,19030
Average for 2003–0445,4404829,23031

(20) Households in accommodation either pending a decision on their homelessness application or awaiting re-allocation of a settled home following acceptance. Excludes those households designated as "homeless at home" that have remained in their existing accommodation and have the same rights to suitable alternative accommodation as those in accommodation arranged by authorities.
(21) From 2002 Q1 onwards, some self-contained accommodation in annex-style units previously recorded under B and B now more appropriately attributed to private sector accommodation.
(22) Provisional.
(23) Private sector properties leased, or under licence, to social landlords, or rented directly from a private landlord.
(24) Included in "other".
Totals may not equal the sum of components because of rounding.
ODPM P1E homelessness returns
The latest quarterly Statistical Release on statutory homelessness, published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on 13 December, presents more detailed analyses from 1997 up to the end of the third quarter of 2004. Key summary, including numbers of households in various forms of temporary accommodation, at local authority level is contained in an associated supplementary table. These have been made available in the Library of the House, and via the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website.

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