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Mr. Swire: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to ensure that all official correspondence from his Department carries (a) an e-mail address and (b) a telephone contact number. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what percentage of local authority-owned properties in each London borough are fitted with (i) smoke alarms, (ii) fire doors and (iii) double glazing; 
Mr. Hands: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what analysis his Department has undertaken of the potential effect of council tax revaluation in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: The terms of reference for the independent inquiry into local government funding by Sir Michael Lyons require him to make recommendations on how best to reform council tax, taking into account the forthcoming revaluation of domestic property. His report is due to be submitted by the end of the year to my right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sir Michael's work will inform the Government's decisions on council tax bands.
The terms of reference for the independent inquiry into local government funding by Sir Michael Lyons require him to make recommendations on how best to reform council tax,
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taking into account the forthcoming revaluation of domestic property. His report is due to be submitted by the end of the year to my right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sir Michael's work will inform the Government's decisions on council tax bands.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Standards Board spent on external legal advice and representation in the investigation and Adjudicants Bench Hearing into the complaint against Westminster City Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated audit and inspection fees to be levied by the Audit Commission for each individual council rated as excellent in their Comprehensive Performance Assessment will be in (a) 200405 and (b) 200506. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not currently have a trade union learning representative. However, the Departmental Trade Union Side is consulted on our learning and development policies on a regular basis.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures will be used to ensure that local authorities meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 to promote equality for disabled people and eliminate unlawful discrimination, with particular reference to the diversity of needs of people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The general duty to promote disability set out in the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 will place positive, proactive responsibilities on public authorities to work towards a more equal society by mainstreaming disability equality into the way in which they carry out their functions. This includes local authorities and Government Departments (including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister). The general duty will come into force in December 2006.
The 2005 Act also enables Ministers to impose specific duties on public bodies such as local authorities. The purpose of imposing specific duties is to assist these public bodies to comply with the general duty to
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promote equality. Such duties might include the publishing of Disability Equality Scheme, or the monitoring of various indicators, particularly in relation to employment of disabled people.
It will be the responsibility of each public authority to ensure that it is acting in compliance with its statutory duties. If the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is satisfied that a public authority is not complying with its specific duties, it will be able to serve a compliance notice. This would require the authority to comply with its duties and inform the DRC of the measures it has taken. If necessary the DRC could ask the county court or sheriff court to order the authority to comply.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many environmental health officers were employed by each London borough per 1,000 population in the last year for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) ran a series of workshops specifically dedicated to faith awareness training during 200203. Just over 300 staff attended. There are no plans to repeat the programme at present. Our current approach is rather to integrate equality and diversity awareness into the design and delivery of training and development programmes across the ODPM.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister maintains the Inner Cities Religious Council (ICRC). ICRC routinely meets three times a year for the purpose of consultation with faith communities. Recent agenda items have included consultations on the UK Sustainable Development Strategy, the Delivering Sustainable Communities Summit and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were rescued alive by the fire service (a) from fires, (b) from fires in dwellings and (c) having been trapped or injured by industrial machinery in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
|Rescued casualties(9)||Rescued unharmed(10)||All people rescued alive|
|All fires||Dwelling fires||All fires||Dwelling fires||All fires||Dwelling fires|
|31 March 1997||45,049||382||0.8|
|31 March 1998||44,702||407||0.9|
|31 March 1999||44,940||473||1.1|
|31 March 2000||44,637||548||1.2|
|31 March 2001||44,694||632||1.4|
|31 March 2002||44,594||753||1.7|
|31 March 2003||44,679||938||2.1|
|31 March 2004||44,871||1,081||2.4|
Jim Fitzpatrick: Number of railway and aircraft incidents attended by the fire and rescue service in England each year, between 199495 and 200304. The following table shows the breakdown of fire and non-fire incidents attended.
|Railway (non-fire)||Railway (fires)||Total railway incidents||Aircraft (non-fire)||Aircraft (fires)||Total aircraft incidents|
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