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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which of the fire authorities which have responded to his Department's proposals for the provision of regional fire control rooms have signified (a) agreement and (b) disagreement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 22 November 2005]: All fire and rescue Regional Management Boards, which represent the Fire and Rescue Authorities, have written to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister indicating that they accept the proposals for regional fire control centres.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what legal authority his Department proposes to (a) establish regional fire control rooms and (b) contract with the private sector for the provision of fire control rooms. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 22 November 2005]: There are powers in section 29 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 that provide the necessary authority. Development agreements for the construction of the new control centres were concluded using these powers. The single technology/infrastructure services procurement is being conducted under the same powers. The responsibility for operating the control centres will however remain in public sector. Each control centre will be run as a local authority company, owned by the relevant fire and rescue authorities.
As required by the Office of Government Commerce good practice and Prince 2 methodology the management of the Firelink project includes detailed risk assessments and mitigation procedures. The evaluation of the competing bids also took into account risk. External assurance is provided
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through the Office of Government Commerce Gateway reviews. The most recent review was Gateway 3 (investment decision) conducted in October 2005.
Jim Fitzpatrick: A copy of the technical requirements for the Firelink project will be placed in the Library of the House following contract signature, which is anticipated to take place by the end of 2005.
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2005, Official Report, columns 103738W, on housing, if he will break down the figures provided by housing type. 
Mr. Woolas: The answer of 14 November 2005, Official Report, columns 103738W, gave the total number of vacant dwellings in North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire. These figures, broken down by tenure type, are tabled as follows:
|North East Lincolnshire|
|Local authority (LA)||479||424||292||318||0|
|Registered social landlord (RSL)||52||46||61||77||311|
|'Other' public sector||0||0||0||0||0|
|Private sector (non RSL)||2,359||2,531||2,275||2,294||2,416|
|Local authority (LA)||432||500||367||260||200|
|Registered social landlord (RSL)||53||27||29||40||18|
|'Other' public sector||0||74||37||62||41|
|Private sector (non RSL)||2,876||2,419||2,089||1,781||1,776|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies (a) which the Government are required to consult prior to legislative proposals and (b) whose advice the Government are required to publish. 
For (a), the only one of these bodies that the Government are required to consult prior to the introduction of new legislation is the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for proposals on building regulations under Section 14(3) of the Building Act 1984. For (b) the Government are not required to publish advice provided by any of the bodies.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when his Department plans to monitor its performance in reducing the number of families with children living in overcrowded housing as part of public service agreement 5. 
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) currently uses five key indicators for monitoring performance on PSA5 including the number of families with children in temporary accommodation. On this, the trend has been stabilised since September 2004, with significant reductions since 2002 in the number of families with children living in cramped bed and breakfast hotels.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the maximum penalties are for (a) refusing access to a valuation officer, (b) failing to give information about a house to a valuation officer and (c) giving wrong or misleading information about a house to a valuation officer. 
(c) The maximum penalty for giving wrong or misleading information to a valuation officer who has served notice as required, is imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, or both.
John Hemming: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the special advisers in post in his Office, broken down by pay band; and what the total budgeted cost to his Department of special advisers is for 200506. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office to the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) on 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 1257W.
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