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John McDonnell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many road accidents involving the rescue of a person or persons were carried out by the fire service in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
|Number of incidents|
John McDonnell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were rescued or led to safety at chemical or fuel spills or leaks or suspected chemical or fuel spills or leaks by the Fire Service in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Attacks on firefighters have only been recorded since 1 April 2004. In 200405 a total of 633 attacks were recorded. For the months of April and May 2005, 64 attacks have been recorded. The following tables set out details of these attacks by fire authority.
|Isle of Wight||1|
|Mid and West Wales||5|
|Tyne and Wear||2|
|County Durham and Darlington||1|
|(a) Property fires (buildings)||(b) Vehicle fires|
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on the Firelink scheme; how much the scheme has cost; what resources have been allocated to it; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is in the final stage of discussions with the proposers following receipt of best and final offers. Our aim is to secure a radio system that meets the needs of the FRS and provides value for money for the taxpayer. The imperative is to run a fair and open competition under EU procurement procedures. Some £9 million has been spent on work to replace high risk items of brigades current radio systems to ensure that they continue to be operationally effective until they can be replaced by Firelink. Cost information relating to the main procurement is commercially sensitive. The multi-disciplinary project team comprises ODPM staff, secondees from the fire and rescue services and technical consultants.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning applications have been made in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005 to date for hazardous waste treatment plants; and what the capacity and location of each plant is. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what percentage of children with (a) a disability and (b) a serious medical condition that requires adapted housing live in accommodation that is not fit for purpose in each English region. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authority-owned properties in each London borough do not meet the Government's decent homes standard; and what the estimated cost is of bringing them up to that standard. 
Yvette Cooper: The number of local authority-owned properties that do not meet the Government's decent homes standard, along with the estimated cost of bringing them up to that standard, are shown in the following table, for each London borough. The data are as reported to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the 2004 HIP Business Plan Statistical Appendices.
|Authority||Number of LA owned non decent dwellings at 1 April 2004||Cost to make all dwellings decent at 1 April 2004 (£000)|
|Barking and Dagenham||11,091||129,000|
|City of London||1,015||2,455|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||3,548||26,804|
|Kensington and Chelsea||3036||42,968|
|Kingston upon Thames||1,423||(35)|
Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department has made an assessment of the impact of levying VAT on the refurbishment and enlargement of older homes but not on new build homes on (a) the character of (i) St Albans and (ii) market towns with a significant stock of older homes, (b) the number of houses built before 1930 that are demolished and (c) the implementation of regionally imposed planning targets; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The available information, for homes with no central or programmable heating within each region in 2001, is published at Table 11, page 30 of the English House Condition Survey 2001: Regional Report (ODPM, 2003).
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much funding for housing the London borough of Haringey council has received in each financial year since the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 came into force; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many applicants for funding under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 within the London borough of Haringey have been (a) successful, (b) refused and (c) put on a waiting list; and if he will make a statement. 
|Supported borrowing||Major repairs allowance (introduced in 200102)||Disabled facilities grant||Private sector renewal grant||Total|
From 200001 Government support for private sector housing renewal grants was no longer ring fenced and was included in the total for supported borrowing, except for residual payments relating to committed expenditure in renewal areas.
The Government do not collect centrally the number of applications for renewal grants or information on waiting lists. The number and the total value of renewal grants under the 1996 Act completed in Haringey in each year since 1997 are as follows:
Total number of grants completed
|Total local authority expenditure on grants (£000)|
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