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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 448W, on departmental working groups, which (a) staff member and (b) Minister within his Department approves the creation of new departmental working groups. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 14 October 2005, Official Report, columns 60809W. A variety of cross-divisional groupings exist within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. There is no formal definition of these as departmental working groups and no centrally held record of the creation of them. There is no designated staff member with the role of centrally approving the creation of new departmental working groups.
John McDonnell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what requests for exemptions to the Fire Precautions (Sub-Surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989 have been made under regulation 12 of the regulations since 1989. 
The percentage change in central government funding to Hyndburn council in each of the last five years for which data are available is shown in the table as follows.
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|Change in funding on previous year (%)|
Dr. Cable: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in his Department were relocated in 200405 as a result of the Lyons review of public sector relocation, broken down by locations to which they have been relocated; how many are expected to be relocated in 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 1 November 2005]: 103 posts were relocated from September 2003 to April 2005, of which 91 were to locations outside of London and the south-east, excluding Hastings. Relocation of up to 138 posts is taking place during 200506.
|Region||Number of posts relocated|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||14|
|South-east excluding Hastings||5|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 814W, on pathfinder areas, if he will break down the estimated number of homes to be demolished by pathfinder area. 
Pathfinders have drawn up their own plans on the level and tenure of demolition required. Not all of the pathfinders have included information on tenure in their submissions to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. For those who have, the information is recorded in the following table for 200506.
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|Hull and East Riding|
Steve Webb: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what circumstances a local councillor living in the ward that he represents may make representations to his local authority about a planning application relating to that ward; and by what means such a councillor may represent his community's interests where he himself is directly affected also by the application. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 7 November 2005]: Irefer the hon. Member to the Adjournment debate: Roll of Local Councillors in the Planning System thattook place on 8 November 2005, Official Report, columns 6572WH.
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Multi Agency Initial Assessment team pilot following its
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response to the bombing on 7 July; and what plans he has to allocate funding for its (a) continuation and (b) development. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of (a) the impact of an influenza pandemic on bed occupancy rates and (b) the adequacy of the current supply of intensive care beds in the event of an influenza pandemic. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: We recognise that a major influenza pandemic, or indeed any major biological or infectious illness whether caused by nature or terrorist activity, would place a serious burden on critical care facilities.
All trusts have escalation plans for increasing short-term capacity to meet incidents, whether natural or terrorist, and we are constantly reviewing these plans. We are working closely with the Intensive Care Society and other professional organisations on ensuring that these plans are robust and appropriate for possible contingencies including an influenza pandemic.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the change in bed numbers planned in West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust Investing in Your Health Plan on the standard of healthcare for the people of Hemel Hempstead; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: No assessment has been made of any likely effects of the change in bed numbers planned in West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust's Investing in Your Health" plan. The Department's capacity planning focuses on activity rather than bed numbers. It is for the national health service locally to ensure there is suitable provision of beds in order to deliver this.
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