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Yvette Cooper: The cost of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's 2004 Directors' Awayday in Southampton was £7,901.15. This includes 24-hour full board, meeting room hire and transport costs during the event. The event involved senior staff from across the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister together meeting local authorities and other local and regional stakeholders to discuss the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's delivery issues.
Mr. Raynsford: The Government are committed to a programme of electoral modernisation, integral to which is the maintenance and development of safeguards to prevent electoral fraud and maintain the public's confidence in the electoral system. To carry forward this programme, we will continue to encourage local authorities to pilot electoral innovations and to consider carefully the Electoral Commission's evaluations of those pilots.
Phil Hope: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister expects to bring the powers within the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 relating to high hedges into effect early this year. At that point local authorities will be able to consider complaints about high hedges where the parties are unable to agree a solution.
Before the legislation can be brought into operation, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister needs to put in place Regulations governing certain procedural matters (such as the arrangements for appealing against the local authority's decision) and issue guidance on its practical implementation. We are currently revising the Regulations and guidance in the light of responses to the public consultation carried out last summer.
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes he has made that have not yet come into force to the regulations covering household electrical supplies and systems and those who maintain them; and when such changes will come into force. 
Phil Hope: Safety requirements for electrical installation work in dwellings, introduced as Part P of the Building Regulations, came into force on 1 January 2005. Electrical installation work contracted for or started by 31 December 2004 will not fall within the new requirements so long as it is completed by 31 March 2005.
Mrs. Humble: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much in contributions was paid into the Local Government Pension Scheme by employees in England and Wales in each year between 1997 and 2003. 
|Employee contributions (£ million)|
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of employees in England and Wales who will qualify for retirement under the 85-year rule of the Local Government Pension Scheme in each year to 2015; and what estimate he has made of the number of employees who would be affected by the removal of the 85-year rule in each year. 
Phil Hope: Data in this format and over this time period is not held centrally, nor is it held by the 89 funds which administer the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
An actuarial assessment was made of the overall cost impact of the 85-year rule based on percentage of work force covered by it, and its removal, with transitional protection, produces a saving of some £200 million per year.
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Phil Hope: Details of the actual numbers of retirements from the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales, and the reasons they occurred, are not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Keith Hill: The Human Rights Act requires local planning authorities, planning inspectors and the Secretary of State, my right. hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, when taking planning decisions, including enforcement decisions, to act compatibly with the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights. Each case is decided on its individual merits.
Keith Hill: The summit provided an opportunity for over 2,000 delegates and speakers from the United Kingdom and abroad to share ideas and experiences and to build broader and deeper partnerships for delivering sustainable communities.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are employed in each regional assembly; how much funding from council tax went to each regional assembly in 200304; and how much public funding the South West Regional Assembly has received since it was established. 
|Regional assembly||Staff employed (at end of March 2004)|
|Yorkshire and Humber||37.2|
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not hold any information relating to how much council tax funding went to each regional assembly in 200304 and it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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