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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. 
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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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. 
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.
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. 
Keith Hill: 668 Low Cost Home Ownership properties in Tower Hamlets were allocated grant in the 200406 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.
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. 
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.
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 199091. 
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.
|Bed and breakfast|
|Total number of households||Number||Percentage of total||Number||Percentage of total|
|Average for 199091||46,050||11,920||26||9,170||20|
|Average for 199192||59,620||12,810||21||10,280||17|
|Average for 199293||63,630||8,840||14||10,970||17|
|Average for 199394||55,090||5,620||10||10,500||19|
|Average for 199495||47,190||4,540||10||10,190||22|
|Average for 199596||45,000||4,920||11||10,210||23|
|Average for 199697||42,640||4,280||10||9,960||23|
|Average for 199798||45,350||4,620||10||9,340||21|
|Average for 199899||53,070||6,270||12||9,730||18|
|Average for 19992000||61,810||8,160||13||10,030||16|
|Average for 200001||71,920||9,770||14||10,550||15|
|Average for 200102||78,190||11,840||15||10,050||13|
|Average for 200203||85,160||12,560||15||9,790||11|
|Average for 200304||(22)94,490||9,280||10||10,540||11|
|Other types (including LA/|
RSL's own stock)
|Number||Percentage of total||Number||Percentage of total|
|Average for 199091||(24)||(24)||24,960||54|
|Average for 199192||22,900||38||13,640||23|
|Average for 199293||27,810||44||16,010||25|
|Average for 199394||23,270||42||15,710||29|
|Average for 199495||16,380||35||16,080||34|
|Average for 199596||12,000||27||17,880||40|
|Average for 199697||11,920||28||16,490||39|
|Average for 199798||14,370||32||17,030||38|
|Average for 199899||17,610||33||19,470||37|
|Average for 19992000||19,000||31||24,620||40|
|Average for 200001||24,280||34||27,330||38|
|Average for 200102||26,410||34||29,900||38|
|Average for 200203||33,250||39||29,580||35|
|Average for 200304||45,440||48||29,230||31|
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