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Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 216W, on council house sales, how much of the £3.0248 billion capital receipts generated from right-to-buy sales in 200304 was (a) set aside by local authorities and (b) centrally pooled for investment in new social housing. 
Keith Hill: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not hold information on the value of the proportion of housing capital receipts set aside in 200304, and could provide it only at disproportionate cost. Under the set-aside regime, which was in force during the year in question, with-debt authorities were obliged to set aside 75 per cent. of the capital receipt arising from the disposal of a Housing Revenue Account dwelling through Right To Buy against debt. Debt-free authorities did not have to set aside any portion of the receipt. Central pooling of housing capital receipts was not introduced until 1 April 2004.
Keith Hill: Since 1980, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and its predecessors has published information for tenants on the terms of the Right to Buy scheme, in the form of a booklet. This booklet, entitled Your right to buy your home", has been updated regularly to reflect changes to the scheme introduced by successive Governments. It was revised to include the reductions in maximum discounts introduced in March 2003 and reissued at that time, and has since been revised again to reflect the changes to the scheme introduced by the Housing Act 2004. A copy of that latest revision was sent to all local authorities and housing associations in England in advance of 18 January 2005, when most of these changes came into effect. The covering letter encouraged social landlords to distribute the booklet to their secure tenants. It also set out the changes to the Right to Buy rules, and stated that further copies of the new booklet are available from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Free Literature supplier at Wetherby in Yorkshire.
Mr. George Osborne:
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost of travel within the UK for the
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Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence. 
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created following the machinery of Government changes on 29 May 2002. The information held centrally shows that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister central total spend on UK travel is as follows:
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Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Clwyd, South constituency, the effects on Clwyd, South of his Office's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
Yvette Cooper: Along with other Government Departments, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is committed to improving the lives of people across the whole of the United Kingdom, including North Wales.
The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 Census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at http://neighbourhood.statistics. gov.uk./.
In response to a Parliamentary Question in the Other Place on 5 January 2004, Official Report, House of Lords, column 1, my right hon. Friend the Noble Lord Rooker announced a review of the Disabled Facilities Grant Programme.
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This review is now under way. Its terms of reference are to review the operation and outcomes of the Disabled Facilities Grant Programme and to make proposals to improve its efficiency and fairness. This will include a review of the DFG means test.
Phil Hope: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's proposals for home information packs, will usually include a home condition report prepared by a qualified home inspector. We intend that home inspectors should be required to make a visual inspection of fuel tanks and to report on any damage that is observed.
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created in May 2002. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister also provides a records management service to the Department for Transport. Actual numbers of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's files destroyed each year prior to 2004 could be provided only at disproportionate cost but an informed estimate for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Department for Transport combined is as follows.
Files continue to be destroyed in accordance with well established procedures. Files which are not viewed as having permanent historical value are marked out for destruction after a specified period. At the end of this period files are destroyed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's contractors, once confirmation has been received that there is no business reason for, or historical value in, retaining them. In 2002 and 2003 a backlog of files awaiting destruction developed due to machinery of Government changes and the closure of the Hayes Records Repository. The higher figure for files destroyed in 2004 reflects work to clear that backlog, although this still stands at 23,400 files.
Phil Hope: The fuel prices used in the Standard Assessment Procedure are reviewed at intervals of between three and five years. When a review is made the price of each fuel is averaged over the preceding three-year period in order to smooth out short-term fluctuations. The intention is for Standard Assessment Procedure ratings to reflect trends in the relative prices of different fuels, rather than day-day variations, so as to provide a stable system.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff were employed by the Government Office for London in each year since 19992000; and how many are forecast to be employed at the end of 200405. 
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Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much Government money was distributed by the Government Office for London in each year since 19992000; and what the forecast sum to be distributed in 200405 is. 
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