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Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whose complaint gave rise to the decision by the National Audit Office on the Objection to the Accounts for year ended 31 March 2004 of Colchester borough council; what estimate he has made of the costs of investigating this complaint; and to whom the costs will fall. 
|Land||Constituency||(i) Owned||(ii) Rented|
|The Grange, Twenty Acre Road, Great Sankey, Warrington||Warrington, South||Yes|||
|Mast Pond Wharf, Woolwich||Greenwich and Woolwich||Yes|||
|Property||Constituency||(i) Owned||(ii) Rented|
|Ashdown House, Victoria Street, London SW1||Cities of London and Westminster||||Yes|
|Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1||Cities of London and Westminster||||Yes|
|Part 15th floor, West Point, Manchester||Stretford and Urmston||||Yes|
|Hempstead House, Hemel Hempstead||Hemel Hempstead||||Yes|
|1 High Street Glossop||High Peak||||Yes|
|Building 3 BRE, Garston||St. Albans||||Yes|
|Sheffield House, Stevenage||Stevenage||||Yes|
|Fire Experimental Unit, Moreton-in Marsh||Cotswold||Yes|||
|Hangar 97, Little Rissington||Cotswold||Yes|||
|Fire Service College, Moreton-in -Marsh (Executive Agency)||Cotswold||Yes|||
|Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster (Executive Agency)||Cities of London and Westminster||Yes|||
|Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay, Bristol (Executive Agency)||Bristol East||||Yes|
|Old Burlington House, Piccadilly||Cities of London and Westminster||Yes|||
|New Burlington House, Piccadilly||Cities of London and Westminster||Yes|||
Mr. Drew: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what inter-operability will exist at local level between the emergency services following the decision of his Department to contract O2 to undertake the provision of Firelink. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is committed to procuring a wide area radio system which meets the requirements for inter-operability and resilience of voice communications in line with the 2002 agreement between the chief officers' associations of the fire and rescue service, police and ambulance service. This provides for major incident multi-service inter-operability at strategic and tactical command levels. Both Firelink tenderers have demonstrated the capability to provide multi-service inter-operability.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the number of (a) job losses and (b) redundancies that will result from the abolition of local fire control rooms. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister estimates that around 1,000 staff (full-time equivalents) will be employed in the new control centres, subject to decisions by the employers. Currently according to figures supplied by Fire and Rescue Authorities 1,435 people are involved in providing control services, not all of whom are full-time. Some of the functions currently carried out by control room staff will remain elsewhere in Fire and Rescue Services. The number of job losses will depend on decisions made by the employers.
It is not possible to say whether there will be redundancies and if so how many. This will depend on a number of factors including how many staff choose to transfer to the new control centres, how many leave existing control rooms or retire before the creation of the new centres, and how many are redeployed.
The current FiReControl timetable schedules all regional controls to be rolled out in 2008
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and 2009. A new timetable will be drawn up shortly, when contracts have been awarded for the provision of infrastructure services.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for unitary local government; and whether the Government intend to propose (a) unitary districts and (b) unitary counties. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: This is very clearly set out in the PSA 1 technical note published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in November 2004, and available on both the ODPM's website and on HM Treasury's website. It sets out the data sources for each of the floor targets that underpin our PSA 1 target and the frequency of data updates.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The 11-year period was chosen to provide consistency across Government with the time scales for other healthier nation" targets, as set out in the 1999 White Paper Saving lives: Our healthier nation".
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wigan (Mr. Turner) of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2238W, on social services funding, if he will extend the table to include the relevant data for Wirral local authority. 
|Personal social services for younger adults FSS per person aged 18 to 64||Personal social services for children FSS|
per person aged
0 to 17
|Personal social services for older people FSS per person aged|
65 and over
|Total personal social services FSS per person|
|Inner London boroughs including the City of London||212.04||1,141.53||1,385.83||519.66|
|Outer London boroughs||134.21||498.33||858.63||312.52|
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