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Sir Malcolm Rifkind: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many press officers (a) are employed in the Department and (b) he expects to be employed in 200607; and what the estimated cost is in each case. 
As at 11 November 2005 there are no plans to increase the overall number of press officers employed by the Department and therefore the only increase in costs will be the annual increase in salary costs already agreed as part of the 2005 pay settlement.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the retirement pension forecast team has been able to supply Rachel Scully, a constituent of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, with a forecast of her pension which takes into account (a) her underlying entitlement to carer's allowance and (b) the awarding of credits for her second state pension. 
Mr. Woolas: The assessment of the impact of revaluation on businesses in England was integral to the setting of the non-domestic rating multiplier for 200506 and the transitional arrangements. This assessment was done at a higher level than that of individual businesses.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The firefighter job description (rolemap) requires firefighters to receive training in First Aid. This training, which must be delivered by appropriate providers such as St. Johns Ambulance Service, includes information on signs and symptoms of medical condition to ensure appropriate action is taken. Firefighters are also trained to administer treatment to support the stabilisation of a casualty's condition.
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's discussion document, Citizen Engagement and Public Services: Why Neighbourhoods Matter" (January 2005), invited a debate about whether the idea of a community right to buy should be pursued, and the debate is ongoing.
Martin Horwood: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of consultant-led projects in his Department; what sanctions are available to penalise consultants who run unsuccessful projects; how many projects conducted by consultants were assessed as unsuccessful in each year since 2000; and what sanctions were imposed in each case. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has a number of means to monitor the effectiveness of consultant-led projects, including regular progress meetings with the contractor and using the Gateway process to ensure that the aims of projects are met. There have been no incidents when consultant-led projects have been deemed to be unsuccessful and ODPM exercised legal remedies as a result.
Clare Short: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 14 July, on the siting of telecommunications equipment on Birmingham city council land. 
The figures for civil servants are available in table C on the civil service statistics, which covers permanent staff numbers, on a full-time equivalent basis in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (its predecessor) and agencies from 1998 and 2004. Civil service statistics 2004 are available in the Library and on the Cabinet Office Statistics website at: http://www.civilservice. gov.uk/management_of_the_civil_service/statistics/civil_ service_statistics/index.asp
Figures for contractors and other staff are available for ODPM (Central) for 2004 and 2005, are tabled as follows, as headcount. Figures for part (b) includes consultants, and part (c) covers 'other staff' as temporary agency staff.
There is no centrally collected data for parts (b) and (c) for the Government Offices and the Executive Agencies (Planning Inspectorate, The Fire Service College and Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre).
Yvette Cooper: Government remain strongly committed to the principle that infrastructure must be sufficient to support growth and is an essential element in achieving more sustainable communities. For example, between 199899 and 200203 public spending in the South East and Eastern Regions increased by over 17 per cent. in real terms per head of population.
The Government's approach is to ensure that infrastructure, including public services, is provided in step with growth, as plans for individual growth locations are developed. The main elements of this approach are ensuring that mainstream funding reflects the needs of growth, maximising the potential for private sector contributions and making available selective additional grant funding to unlock major growth schemes and locations.
Assessing the infrastructure requirements for particular localities is a complex and lengthy process. It needs to assess the detailed layout of a development as it evolves and to allow for changing approaches to service provision affecting what is needed and when. The Government are encouraging local delivery partners to focus on identifying, prioritising and sourcing investment in their locationsbased on their individual circumstances and priorities, and using a mix of public and private funding. This approach is being taken forward in the Milton Keynes Prospectus and is being developed in other growth location business plans.
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