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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many employees in her Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002. 
Where staff have requested such training, this has usually been training on refining writing style or perfecting knowledge of grammar, and this has been provided through person-to-person coaching or externally provided training.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote uptake of the national tests in adult literacy and numeracy among employees of her Department. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department's learning and development policy details literacy and numeracy skills training opportunities for DCMS employees. The document is available for all DCMS staff via the DCMS intranet.
The policy states that if a DCMS employee or their line manager identifies that they may have a literacy or numeracy skills gap, the DCMS Learning and Development team can provide advice and support. If appropriate, the Department can arrange for the employee to be screened to identify the nature and extent of their learning needs. If a literacy or numeracy need is identified, the Department will then arrange and fund appropriate training and sitting of national tests.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on in-house training on (a) literacy and (b) numeracy (i) in total and (ii) per head in each year since 2002. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in the take-up of cultural activities by new users from priority groups; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department have already met and exceeded its public service agreement targets to increase the number of new users from priority groups to national and regional museums and the historic environment by March 2006.
James Purnell: We have begun an assessment of the BBC's future funding needs, in line with our commitment in the Green Paper published in March of this year: this process will continue over the coming months and we will announce the outcome in due course.
David Howarth: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Sir Robert Smith) of 19 October 2005, Official Report, column 826, on building regulations, if he will publish the papers containing the grounds for the claim that the changes proposed to Part L of the Building Regulations will improve existing minimum standards for energy efficiency in new homes by 40 per cent. 
[holding answer 28 October 2005]: Changes proposed to Building Regulations are supported by a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA)
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identifying the costs and benefits. The 2002 Part L RIA and a draft of the 2006 one can be found on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister website. The final 2006 RIA will be published before the revised regulations come into effect in April. Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations in 200506 when combined with changes introduced in 2002 will improve the energy efficiency of new buildings by 40 per cent.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 805W, on casinos, if he will place in the Library copies of the planning appeals relating to casinos that have been considered by (a) the Planning Inspectorate and (b) the First Secretary of State in the last two years. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2005, Official Report, columns 101213W, on council tax, if he will list the preparatory work that the Valuation Office Agency carried out on the English council tax revaluation. 
Mr. Woolas: The preparatory work carried out by the Valuation Office Agency for the English council tax revaluation involved the development of the automated valuation model (AVM) and the assessing, updating and digitising of property data for all dwellings. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 447W. The instructions and advice documents, placed in the Library of the House following that answer, and the press releases of 5 September 2003 and 10 September 2004, relating to the AVM, detail the preparatory work. The press releases can be accessed, on line, via the Valuation Office Agency's website, www.voa.gov.uk.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list formal consultations being sponsored by his Department and its agencies; and what the (a) commencement date and (b) deadline for responses is in each case. 
Title of consultation
Deadline for responses
|ODPM||Amending the Definition of a Caravan||10 August 2005||2 November 2005|
|ODPM||Proposals for amending Part B (Fire safety) of the Building Regulations||19 July 2005||18 November 2005|
|ODPM||Annexes to Minerals Policy Statement 1||21 July 2005||31 October 2005|
|ODPM||Building Regulations and Fire Safety: Procedural guidance||22 August 2005||14 November 2005|
|ODPM||Emergencies for Fire and Rescue Authorities||16 September 2005||13 December 2005|
|ODPM||Recruitment and Progression of Fire and Rescue Service staff||9 September 2005||2 December 2005|
|ODPM||Applying the Planning Acts to the Crown||23 September 2005||16 December 2005|
Gregory Barker: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Clwyd, South (Mr. Jones) of 19 July 2005, Official Report, column 1542W, on the disabled facilities grant, (1) what progress has been made with the review; and if he will make a statement; 
Gregory Barker: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received regarding the review of the disabled facilities grant; and when he plans to make the findings of the review public. 
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