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Regeneration (Liverpool)

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether a health impact assessment has been carried out into regeneration projects in Liverpool; and if he will make a statement. [31647]

Yvette Cooper: This is a matter for local partners. The local Pathfinder advise that the Housing Market Renewal Programme is currently being assessed for its health impacts and the city council's housing strategy has been assessed and the results published. Further assessments will be carried out on a project-by-project basis.

Retford and Worksop Fire Station

John Mann: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) fires and (b) road traffic accidents have been attended to by (i) Retford and (ii) Worksop fire station crews in each of the last five years. [32309]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Information on attendance for individual fire stations is not held centrally by the Office.The data tabled as follows was provided by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Fires and road traffic accidents attended by crews at Worksop and Retford fire stations, 2000–04

FiresRoad traffic accidents

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dr. Iddon: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will bring the maximum discount available under right-to-buy in areas of high demand for public sector rented accommodation into line with the £9,000 discount available to housing association tenants under their right to acquire. [30852]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendment) Order 2005 in helping areas facing housing pressure. [30853]

Yvette Cooper: The Housing (Right to Buy) (Limits on Discount) (Amendment) Order 2003 came into force on 27 March 2003. It reduced to £16,000 the maximum right-to-buy discount available to tenants in 41 areas in London and South of England that appeared to be under the greatest housing market pressure in terms of high levels of homelessness and high property prices. The Government are keeping the position on maximum right to buy discounts generally under review.

Shared Ownership

Andrew Selous: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many shared ownership dwellings there are in the South West Bedfordshire constituency. [29500]

Yvette Cooper: Figures are not available for the number of shared ownership dwellings for the South West Bedfordshire constituency. On 31 March 2005 there were 172 dwellings with ownership shared between the tenant and the registered social landlords in the South Bedfordshire district council area as reported in the Regulatory Statistical Return of the Housing Corporation.

Sir Christopher Meyer

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his recent letter to Sir Christopher Meyer was sent in his official capacity; and if he will place a copy in the Library. [31539]

Jim Fitzpatrick: My right hon. Friend's letter expressed his personal view as Deputy Prime Minister. The Government's view was set out in the Cabinet Secretary's letter of 4 November which is in the Library of the House. My right hon. Friend has not placed his letter in the Library.
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Staff Discipline

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees have been dismissed by his Office in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [29125]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was established following the Machinery of Government changes in May 2002. The data are, therefore, only available from this date.

The Department's staff handbook includes procedures for dealing with cases of misconduct, unsatisfactory performance and attendance. Dismissal is considered where after thorough investigation it is decided that the misdemeanour is of such a serious nature the member of staff can no longer work for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The number of staff who were dismissed as a result of the implementation of these procedures were as follows:

(105)To date

Telephone Masts

Anne Milton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications for mobile telephone masts in the Guildford constituency have been (a) granted, (b) granted on appeal and (c) refused in each year since 1997. [30188]

Yvette Cooper: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend, the Member for Coventry, South (Mr. Cunningham) on 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1066W.

Temporary Accommodation (Families)

Tim Farron: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of families in temporary accommodation in the South Lakeland district council area since 2001; and what steps he is taking to reduce the number of families in temporary accommodation. [31552]

Yvette Cooper: Information provided quarterly by South Lakeland district council about its activities under homelessness legislation includes the number of households in temporary accommodation on the last day of the quarter, as arranged by the local authority. The number of these households which include dependent children or a pregnant woman has been collected since March 2002, and a summary of reported information is presented in the following table.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has made major progress in tackling the worst forms of homelessness—reducing rough sleeping by 75 per cent. since 1998, with reduction sustained at lowest recorded levels (2005 estimate-459), and ending the long-term use of bed and breakfast accommodation for families with children.
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The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's strategy 'Sustainable communities: settled homes; changing lives' published in March 2005 sets out our aims to reduce homelessness further and halve the number of households in temporary accommodation by 2010.

The full version of the strategy is available in the Library of the House or on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's website at:
Households in accommodations(106) arranged by South Lakeland district council under the provisions of homelessness legislation

All households
Of which: containing dependent children
31 March 200131
30 June 200144
30 September 200145
31 December 200143
31 March 200238n/a
30 June 20023822
30 September 20023830
31 December 20024536
31 March 20033527
30 June 20033219
30 September 20035836
31 December 20036242
31 March 200460n/a
30 June 200460n/a
30 September 200458n/a
31 December 20046237
31 March 20056139
30 June 20056746

n/a=Denotes information not reported.
(106)Households in temporary accommodation arranged by the local authority pending inquiries or after being accepted as homeless under the 1996 Housing Act.
(107)Includes households where an expectant mother is present.
Data on households containing dependent children has been collected from March 2002.
ODPM P1E Homelessness returns (quarterly)


Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the results of the survey on trees in towns and cities in England. [30308]

Yvette Cooper: Work is drawing to a close on the preparation of the final report on the project— Trees in Towns II". The report, which assesses local authority resources and practices in tree planting and management as well as the quality and quantity of trees in towns and cities in England, will be published in due course.

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