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Phil Hope: Following the Office of the Deputy min Minister's notification of a satisfactory IEG4 return, local authorities in England will be eligible to apply for further IEG capital grant of £150,000 towards achieving e-government covering the period 1 April 200531 March 2006. The equivalent IEG capital grant for National Park Authorities in 200506 is £100,000.
|Yorkshire and the Humber||81,000||86,000||100,000||100,000||100,000||94,000||88,000||85,000|
|East of England||81,000||73,000||70,000||70,000||63,000||64,000||63,000||60,000|
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Deputy min Minister what progress has been made in reinvesting in Liverpool the sum repaid by the Walton Group in respect of Exchange Flags, as promised by his Department on 4 April 2003. 
Yvette Cooper: English Partnerships (EP), the Government's national regeneration agency, is currently working on a number of schemes in Liverpool including one to significantly enhance the Lime Street Gateway. This will include new public space, improved accessibility and potentially a new landmark building. English Partnerships will seek to allocate the Exchange Buildings windfall to a scheme including environmental improvements, in line with the intention behind the original grant. One option is the proposed investment in the Lime Street scheme where EP is working with Liverpool Vision, Liverpool city council, Network Rail, Merseytravel and the private sector.
Mr. Raynsford: The Lancashire Combined Fire Authority comprises of 25 councillors representing Lancashire County and the Unitary Authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. There are no proposals to alter the composition of the Authority.
Phil Hope: This information is not published at constituency level. Fire statistics are compiled by the Office of the Deputy min Minister for each fire and rescue authority. In this case, Leicester, South's fires and casualties are reported as part of the Leicestershire total.
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Mr. Raynsford: This information is commercially sensitive. The Office of the Deputy min Minister is conducting an open competition under EU procurement procedures for the Firelink contract, with a view to letting a contract by mid 2005. The imperative is to run a fair and open competition in order to deliver best value for money for the public purse.
Mr. Hammond: To ask the Deputy min Minister what advice he has given to fire and rescue authorities regarding retention of skilled fire control staff in the period up to the introduction of regional fire control centres in 200708. 
Mr. Raynsford: Fire and Rescue Authorities are the employers of control staff and are best placed to understand what is required to retain them. The Office of the Deputy min Minister has provided draft guidance to the Employers' Organisation, which they may wish to use. It has also indicated a willingness to fund sensible retention programmes devised by local Fire and Rescue Authorities taking into account the proximity of the location of existing controls to the RCC, the local employment market and other local conditions, and provided for the first element of those costs in 200506 under new burdens" principles.
Mr. Hammond: To ask the Deputy min Minister what estimate his Department has made of the capital receipt that would be achieved from the sale of radio spectrum released by the fire and rescue services upon completion of the Firelink Project. 
A study to establish and assess the range of interventions currently available at rehabilitating known or suspected arsonists, or aim to prevent a young child's interest in fire from developing into more serious fire-setting behaviour.
A study commissioned a specialist consultant to review existing materials relating to fire investigation standards/protocols, and to devise new standards for fire investigation applicable to all professionals who investigate fires (eg fire, forensic service, Ministry of Defence fire services etc.).
A survey of retained duty system personnel working to establish their main or primary employment and the extent to which their current employers support them in taking time off work to undertake retained duties.
The Building Disaster Assessment Group commissioned three elements of work to further inform fire and rescue service operating procedures. These are (a) the development of computer programme to inform personnel of the pressures and flows available for dry rising fire mains in tall buildings, (b) an initial review of the performance of externally located systems for measuring core body temperature, and (c) formal agreement with the Australasian Fire Authorities Council on the joint development of a fire brigade intervention model.
A joint study between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) evaluation of personal protective equipment (PPE), including the FRS gas tight suit.
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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Deputy min Minister what representations he has received on the impact his proposed regional reorganisation of the fire service will have on services in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Raynsford: The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service operates under the direction of a Fire and Rescue Authority made up of elected councillors from York and North Yorkshire. The Office of the Deputy min Minister has no plans to change these arrangements.
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