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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the presence of a shed in the garden of a residential property will be taken into account as a property attribute in the council tax revaluation. 
Mr. Woolas: The purpose of the council tax revaluation is to establish the market value of properties at 1 April 2005. In order to do this the Valuation Office Agency will look at certain attributes of properties as a means of ensuring that they are valued fairly and accurately in relation to one another. Garden sheds are not one of these attributes.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the written statement of 7 July 2005, Official Report, columns 1415WS, on council tax capping 200506, what the Band D council tax in 200506 is in each of the eight local authorities which have been designated for capping; what the (a) pre-capping band D district precept including average parish precepts and (b) pre-capping band D bill for the whole billing authority of each is; and what the estimated revised (i) post-capping band D district precept including average parish precepts and (ii) band D bill for the whole billing authority of each is. 
|Authority||Pre-capping band D district precept (including parish precepts)||Pre-capping band D:|
whole billing authority
|Estimated post-capping band D district precept (including parish precepts)||Estimated post-capping band D: whole billing authority|
Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to Table C of Civil Service Statistics 2004 which is available on the internet at http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management_ information/statistical_information/statistics/publications/xls/report_2004/table_ c.xls
This table shows the numbers of staff by Department and agency between 1998 and 2004, on a full-time equivalent basis. Copies of Civil Service Statistics are also available in the Library of the House.
Yvette Cooper: Hot water safety has been considered in the review of part G of the Building Regulations; limiting the risk of scalding has been discussed. Direct control of temperatures is one of the options, although there are other ways of addressing it. Currently there are no immediate plans to introduce specific measures.
Yvette Cooper: The available information on empty homes in each local authority area in England has been made available in the Library of the House. This data has been provided from a combination of the ODPM's Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return and Housing Corporation's Regulatory and Statistical Return. The total number of vacant dwellings in 2004 was 693,800, a drop of 73,400 since 1997.
The English Regions Network is the umbrella body for the regional assemblies outside London. Its primary role is to represent the collective views of the regional assemblies to Government and
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other key institutions; encourage new thinking and research in areas of concern to regions; to share best practice and facilitate inter regional networking amongst assemblies.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the amount of income which will be raised from charging under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 in the 200506 financial year. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Section 19 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 states that taking one year with another" a Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) may not recover more in charges for its total provision of services in a particular category than it incurred in making that provision. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister do not collect data on the amount raised by FRAs through s19 charging.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which fire authorities have submitted plans for charging under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004; and what charges have been approved in each case. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Section 19 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 provides for the Secretary of State to make an order specifying categories of service for which a Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) may charge. The first such order (SI 2004/2305) specifies 16 such categories. FRAs do not need any further permission from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to charge under these categories. ODPM do not collate information centrally on which FRAs have decided to charge for a specified category.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria were used to determine the membership of county fire authorities; what guidance has been issued on their composition; and if he will require authorities to include members of district councils in their membership. 
Where the county council is the county fire and rescue authority, the membership of the fire and rescue committee is governed by the normal arrangements for local authority committees, and the guidance issued in respect of such committees applies. The membership of a Combined Fire Authority, such as Lancashire, is set out in the relevant Combination Scheme. The Lancashire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1997 follows the usual pattern and
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provides for members from the county council and from the unitary authorities in the former county area, i.e.Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. I have no plans to change these arrangements.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Government do not provide insurance cover for firefighters. Firefighter pay, pension and injury arrangements reflect the nature of the job and the risks that may be incurred. Depending on the circumstances of an individual, these can provide a lump sum of up to seven times pensionable pay in the event of death and an ill-health pension and injury benefits giving up to 85 per cent. of salary in the event of an injury curtailing earning capacity.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what insurance cover is provided for firefighters; whether this includes terrorism cover; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the standard insurance policy for firefighters. 
Angela Watkinson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what insurance cover is provided for firefighters; whether this includes terrorism cover; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the standard insurance policy for firefighters. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Government do not provide insurance cover for firefighters. Firefighter pay, pension and injury arrangements reflect the nature of the job and the risks that may be incurred. Individuals may take out personal insurance policies, which may include terrorism cover, however this is a matter of personal choice for those individuals.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Current project completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2009. Subject to final decisions on the project, this timetable will be revised, and a new one published as soon as practicable.
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