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|Electricity spend by site||200203||200304||200405|
|Ashdown House (HQ)||201,523||202,579||241,463|
|Eland House (HQ)||167,505||239,538||276,101|
|Hempstead House (HQ)||(1)||8,123||8,953|
|Queen Elizabeth II CC||228,636||330,450||416,173|
|Fire Service College||128,000||143,840||181,925|
|The Rent Service||100,013||188,204||(2)|
This answer does not include figures for 26 Whitehall, which is managed by the Cabinet Office, and for which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister pays an agreed proportion of the cost of all services supplied by the Cabinet Office.
We have worked with the Carbon Trust in the past year to use their expertise to identify both short and medium term projects to improve our use of energy, promote more efficient use of energy and reduce our CO 2 emissions. These plans will be implemented and progress monitored.
Data are not available for a small number of local authorities as their returns were invalid at the time of processing the 200405 data. Final data are expected to become available towards the end of 2005.
Mr. Woolas: The Office has received around 50 representations relating to the work of the Local Government Ombudsman over the past 12 months. We do not keep records of the precise nature of the representations received. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Woolas: Good progress is being made by the local authority employers and trade unions, within the framework of the Local Government Pension Scheme Tripartite Committee, to determine what further amendments are necessary to the scheme, so that, in light of my statement of 13 July 2005, Official Report, columns 3031WS, its on-going affordability and viability can be ensured by April 2006. A further meeting of the Tripartite Committee is scheduled for 2 November.
Mr. Woolas: The actuarial valuation of the local authority pension funds in England carried out on 31 March 2004, showed that the assets of £80 billion represented 75 per cent. of the total scheme liabilities of £107 billion. Each scheme administering authority has in place a funding strategy to manage and recover fund deficits.
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions his Department has had with the British
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Toilet Association on the subject of toilets in public places; and what the outcome was of those discussions; 
Mr. Woolas: I met with the British Toilet Association on 11 October to discuss methods of disseminating good practice in public toilet provision. It was agreed that the BTA would work with ODPM to promote guidance, including examples of best practice, as part of the 'How To Manage Town Centres' guide produced under the Cleaner Safer Greener Communities cross-Government initiative led by ODPM. The Government will also consider with the BTA ways in which access to toilets in public places can be further encouraged, but will not be introducing legislation to impose a duty on local authorities.
The standards of cleanliness in and maintenance of public toilets are a matter of public health and are therefore subject to public health regulation. The design of public toilets required for disabled people is regulated by Part M of the Building Regulations, which specifies overall design, layout, fixtures and fittings of toilets suitable for use by disabled people. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 places a duty on service providers to make reasonable adjustments to the physical features of a building which make accessing a service impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled people. There is no duty on central Government to monitor the availability or standards of public toilet provision for disabled people.
ODPM allows staff to take special leave with pay to participate in a range of voluntary/public services in accordance with the organisations staff handbook. However, the information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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