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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether councils graded (a) excellent and (b) good under the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) are subject to (i) future CPA inspections and (ii) inspections from inspectorates other than the Audit Commission; and whether they are required to submit best value performance (A) information and (B) plans; 
Mr. Woolas: All councils are and will continue to be subject to inspection. Key targets for reductions in the inspection of local authorities were set out in the November 2002 announcement on Freedoms and Flexibilities. These include an exemption from virtually all inspection for councils in the excellent CPA category and a 25 per cent. reduction for councils in the good category.
Between 200102 and 200405 the number of days inspectors from the Audit Commission, Ofsted, Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and Benefit Fraud Inspectorate (BFI) spent in councils
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had reduced by over one third and the number of inspections undertaken had reduced by more than 50 per cent.
The Audit Commission, which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) sponsors, anticipates that by 200607, the volume of inspections needed for CPA, including the corporate assessments planned for that year, should fall by 68 per cent. from the 200203 level. Excellent councils will only be subject to inspection where there are grounds for serious concern in a particular service, and good councils will continue to receive a significant reduction in inspection.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Legislation dealing with general fire safety on the London underground is not devolved. At present the legislation for which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has responsibility consists of the Fire Precautions Act 1971, the Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) Regulations 1989 (as amended) and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended).
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Mike Penning: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average weekly rent was for a two-bedroom (a) registered social landlord and (b) local authority property in the constituency of Hemel Hempstead in the last year for which figures are available. 
Yvette Cooper: Figures for Hemel Hempstead are not available centrally. The average weekly rent in Dacorum district council area two bedroom properties at the end of March 2005 are given in the table for those properties for which a property size is available:
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Grant Shapps: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will move the time when a local authority area reports the number of student dwellings for council tax purposes from the autumn to the spring. 
Mr. Woolas: Information on a billing authority's taxbase for council tax purposes needs to be collected in the autumn so that up-to-date statistics can be used for the purposes of the formula grant settlement. Information on the number of dwellings occupied solely by students, and therefore exempt from council tax, is a part of a consolidated return from the billing authority and it would not be practical to receive information on student dwellings separately at a different time of year.
David Howarth: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what sustainable development requirements he has placed on his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) advisory non-departmental bodies, (c) executive non-departmental bodies, (d) tribunals, (e) public corporations and (f) other bodies; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The UK Sustainable Development Strategy commits Departments and their executive agencies to producing Action Plans setting out the steps they are taking to implement the Strategy. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will be publishing its Sustainable Development Action Plan in December 2005 and it is intended that this will cover steps being taken across the Office and its three executive agencies to promote Sustainable Development.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), its Executive Agencies and the Government Offices for the Regions are covered by the requirements of the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate (FSDGE) which requires Departments and their Executive Agencies to improve their performance in utility, land and resource use across their estates.
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The guidance on sustainable development in Cabinet Office's "Non-Departmental Public Bodies: A Guide for Departments" applies directly to all of ODPM's executive and advisory non-departmental public bodies. Other sponsored bodies are aware of this guidance and would apply it as appropriate.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of new substantive asylum applications received in 200405 received a final decision, including appeal, within six months. 
Andy Burnham: The latest published information on cases receiving a final decision within six months is published in the Asylum Statistics: 2nd Quarter 2005 United Kingdom. Copies are available from the Library of the House and on the Home Office research development and statistics directorate website at:
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