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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat recent assessment he has made of whether the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the under-18 conception rate by 50 per cent. by 2010 will be met. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families (Margaret Hodge) on Tuesday 8 March, Official Report, column 1785W.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the Public Service Agreement target to improve value for money in the NHS and personal social services by at least 2 per cent. per annum was met in 2004; 
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list mergers of (a) NHS acute trusts and (b) primary care trusts which have (i) been proposed and (ii) taken place; 
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Mr. Hutton: No acute trusts and primary care trusts have merged and the Department is unaware of any formal proposals to merge. Given this situation, the Department has not introduced safeguards to maintain objectivity and there has also been no formal assessment made of the benefits of merging acute and primary care trusts.
Mr. Greenway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2005, Official Report, column 1697W, on variant CJD, what monitoring is being undertaken by the Medical Research Council of the effectiveness of pentosan polysulphate in the treatment of variant CJD; and for what reasons pentosan polysulphate has not been included in the Prian-1 trial. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: In September 2001, the Department asked the Medical Research Council (MRC) to design a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of quinacrine as a potential treatment for variant Creutzfeld Jacob disease (vCJD). Pentosan polysulphate was not included in the trial protocol because expert advice from the Committee on Safety of Medicines and the CJD therapy advisory group in 2002 and again in 2003, did not support its use as a possible treatment for CJD on grounds of safety and efficacy. Both these expert committees will continue to review new data on pentosan polysulphate.
At the request of the Department in December 2003, the MRC agreed to offer patients receiving pentosan polysulphate treatment the opportunity to participate in standardised clinical monitoring. It is for the MRC to decide, in consultation with the families concerned and their clinicians, what would be the most appropriate information to collect, and how it should be collected.
Martin Linton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes have been built in (a) London, (b) Wandsworth and (c) Battersea through the (i) Housing Corporation and (ii) Government-funded schemes since 2000. 
The total annual number of affordable homes provided since 200001 through the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme
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(ADP) and Local Authority Social Housing Grant (LASHG) for London and Wandsworth are shown in the following table.
Mr. Raynsford: Records held by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister do not differentiate representations which relate to council tax banding from those which relate to other council tax matters. A precise figure could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Raynsford: The available information is tabled as follows. These are the amounts of council tax budgeted to be received by London boroughs (including the City) for 200405, including amounts collected on behalf of the Greater London Authority, and amounts funded from council tax benefit.
|200405 Council tax requirement for billing authority||200405 Billing authority's share of Greater London Authority council tax requirement||Total|
|Barking and Dagenham||44.351||12.321||56.672|
|City of London||3.436||0.275||3.711|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||68.613||18.603||87.216|
|Kensington and Chelsea||67.769||22.947||90.716|
|Kingston upon Thames||64.832||14.659||79.491|
|Richmond upon Thames||93.306||20.513||113.819|
Mr. Raynsford: No. A mooring occupied by a boat which is somebody's sole or main residence is deemed to be a dwelling" for council tax purposes and will therefore attract a council tax liability in the same way as other domestic types of property. The amount of council tax payable in respect of a mooring occupied by a boat will depend primarily on the valuation band to which the dwelling is assigned. The normal exemptions and discounts, for example for single occupancy, apply and council tax benefit is available for people on low incomes.
Mr. Raynsford: Discussions about council tax revaluation between the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Scottish Executive have taken place from time-to-time as part of our liaison about local government finance issues of mutual interest.
Discussions about council tax revaluation between the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Welsh Assembly Government have taken place from time-to-time as part of our liaison about local government finance issues of mutual interest.
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