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Grant Shapps: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the number of students living in private rented accommodation in 200506 as defined by the form returned by local authorities on 21 October 2005. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's (a) document dwelling house coding-an illustrated guide and (b) standard letters V07746, V07747 and V07748. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) dwelling house codes and (b) value significant codes in use by the Valuation Office Agency for council tax valuation purposes. 
Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 477W. The instructions and advice documents, placed in the Library of the House, following this answer, list the dwelling house codes and value significant codes used by the Valuation Office Agency.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Valuation Office Agency (a) has, (b) does and (c) will make use of (i) aerial and (ii) satellite photography for the purposes of (A) business rates and (B) council tax valuations. 
Mr. Woolas: The Valuation Office Agency has no contractual arrangements to use aerial or satellite photography for valuation purposes. Any decision to enter into contractual arrangements for the use of aerial photographs in the future would only be taken if this represented a sensible and cost-effective way of confirming property characteristics and the photographs were already in the public domain.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1)pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1523W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the Agency's (a) value significant codes and (b) dwelling house codes include indicators for (i)patios, (ii) greenhouses and (iii) scenic codes; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2005, Official Report, column 1944W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the names are of the (a) 17 dwelling house codes and (b) value significant codes. 
Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 477W. The instructions and advice documents, placed in the Library of the House, following this answer, is the dwelling house codes and value significant codes used by the Valuation Office Agency.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2005, Official Report, column 1944W, on the Valuation Office Agency,when electronic value significant codes were introduced. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 1972W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the agency has published guidance for its staff on race relations legislation. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many widescreen televisions have been purchased by his Department for use in London Headquarters in each of the last five years; and what the cost was in each year. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has only purchased one widescreen television for use in its HQ buildings in the last five years. This is installed in the reception area in Eland House and displays a 24 hour news channel with subtitles. This was purchased as part of a refurbishment programme in 200304 and the cost of the equipment could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Malcolm Wicks: The Government have received representations from a wide range of stakeholders, including battery and appliance manufacturers, local authorities, consumer groups, trade associations and environmental groups, both as part of the Department's 2004 public consultation on the European Commission proposal for a Directive on Batteries and Accumulators, and subsequently, as negotiations on the Directive have proceeded.
Malcolm Wicks: The Department of Trade and Industry has a joint public sector agreement target with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5 per cent. from 1990 levels by 20082012 in line with our Kyoto commitment and to move towards a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2010.
The Energy Strategy Unit within DTI is responsible for co-ordinating DTI's interest in climate change in consultation with other parts of the Department. DTI's interests primarily relate to the policies and measures designed to reduce emissions from the energy supply and business sectors while maintaining the competitiveness of UK industry and taking account of other energy policy objectives. This includes the DTI's responsibility for renewable energy and lower carbon technologies.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the change in energy consumption in the UK over the Christmas period as a result of the electricity requirements of Christmas lights in each of the last three years. 
Malcolm Wicks: National Grid have estimated that peak electricity demand increases by about 200300 MW as a result of Christmas lights. Assuming a demand of 250 MW and that lights are operational for 12 hours a day for a period of 25 days, this equates to 75GWh, or 0.02 per cent. of total annual UK electricity consumption.
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