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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.
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. 
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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. 
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.
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.
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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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.
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. 
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. 
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 homelessnessreducing 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.
|Of which: containing dependent children|
|31 March 2001||31|||
|30 June 2001||44|||
|30 September 2001||45|||
|31 December 2001||43|||
|31 March 2002||38||n/a|
|30 June 2002||38||22|
|30 September 2002||38||30|
|31 December 2002||45||36|
|31 March 2003||35||27|
|30 June 2003||32||19|
|30 September 2003||58||36|
|31 December 2003||62||42|
|31 March 2004||60||n/a|
|30 June 2004||60||n/a|
|30 September 2004||58||n/a|
|31 December 2004||62||37|
|31 March 2005||61||39|
|30 June 2005||67||46|
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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