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Of the figures given for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, one of the freehold buildings is Burlington House which is leased to the Royal Academy and five Learned Societies. The data include the space that other Government Departments occupy in buildings owned or leased by ODPM but do not include space that the office occupies in other Government Departments' buildings.
The two buildings, both of which are inaccessible to people with ambulatory difficulties, are a small office in Glossop, which is situated on the first floor above a high street bank, and a small office facility adjacent to the main storage hangers at Marchington. The former is nearing the end of its lease.
Jim Fitzpatrick: ODPM have recently carried out a diversity survey of its staff. The results of this survey show that 5 per cent. of staff, who responded to our Race Equality Survey, declared themselves as being disabled.
Yvette Cooper: The available information on empty homes in each local authority area in Suffolk is given in the following table. This comes from a combination of data supplied by local authorities on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's (ODPM's) housing strategy statistical appendix return and the housing corporation's regulatory and statistical return.
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Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has adopted the energy targets as set out in the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate. These include to reduce energy consumption by 15 per cent. by 201011 over the 19992000 baseline (as measured by fuel/electricity used per m 2 .)
Projects are under way to increase energy efficiency and achieve the targets. These include working in partnership with The Carbon Trust, who are undertaking energy audits in the Office's HQ buildings. The results of these audits have been included in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which outlines short, medium and long-terms projects to be implemented in order to achieve the required energy targets. These actions were agreed with the ODPM Management Board earlier this year.
These actions are included within the certificated and independently audited ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has developed to manage our response to the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate".
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Jim Fitzpatrick: ODPM is fully committed to promoting equality and diversity within all policy areas in support of the Government's commitment to a diverse and integrated society. It has a number of policies and processes in place to ensure that there is no unfair discrimination on any grounds. Equality and diversity lie at the heart of creating sustainable communities and the Office seeks to embed these principles into all of its activities.
It should be noted that ODPM was created in May 2002 therefore data are not available before this date. The figures supplied are for staff and project costs identified within ODPM's equality and diversity unit (EDU) and equality and diversity-related costs within the Department's neighbourhood renewal unit (NRU).
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