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Private Members' Bills

Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it is his policy to write to hon. Members presenting a Private Members' Bill on a subject within his Department's responsibility to express his support, opposition or neutrality; and if he will make a statement. [41017]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's response to Private Members' Bills is normally set out by Ministers during the Second Reading debate.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those Private Members' Bills introduced during the current session where policy responsibility rests with his Department. [41020]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has policy interests in a number of Private Members' Bills introduced by hon. Members during the current session.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list those Private Members' handout Bills prepared by his Department that are expected to be introduced during the current session; what the proposed date of presentation is of each; and into which House each will be introduced; [41021]

(2) if he will list the Private Members' handout Bills put forward by his Department in each session since 1997; and which such Bills received Royal Assent. [41023]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was formed on 29 May 2002. Since that time two Private Members' handout Bills where policy responsibility rests with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister have been introduced. None are planned for the current session.

Public Relations Companies

Mr. Weir: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the public relations companies that have had contracts with (a) his Department and previous Departments with his Department's responsibilities, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible and (c) independent statutory bodies, organisations and bodies financially sponsored by his Department since May 1997. [39111]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was formed in May 2002. This information is not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Supporting People Services

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account his Department takes of the single assessment process in the guidance for the Supporting People assessment; and how the resulting support plan operates in relation to the single assessment care plan. [41902]


 
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Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member on 14 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1970–1W. As that explained, there is currently no standard approach to Supporting People assessments, but our Supporting People strategy development work commits us to working towards one and to integrating that with those for care and other relevant services. As such, arrangements, and the links between support plans and care plans, will currently vary between local authorities and between providers.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister to what assessment a person applying for access to an Extra Care scheme under Supporting People is subject. [41904]

Mr. Woolas: There is no standardised approach to assessments for Supporting People services, and arrangements will vary between authorities and between providers. It is, however, usual for an assessment to be made of an individual's personal circumstances in order to obtain housing-related support. This could take account of things like physical and mental health, social, family, domestic and financial circumstances. The basic aim will be to determine eligibility, so a decision can be made on who is entitled to a service funded through
 
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Supporting People and in accordance with grant conditions applying to the programme; and why, and what, if any, charges for the service should be made.

Assessments governing access to Extra Care schemes are not governed or determined by the Supporting People programme.

Standards Board for England

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government has to (a) move the location of and (b) abolish the Standards Board for England. [39479]

Mr. Woolas: As is clear from the Government's Discussion Paper, 'Standards of Conduct in English Local Government: The Future', published on 15 December 2005, we have no plans to abolish the board. We consider that the new style strategic board as proposed in the paper, if Parliament legislates to establish it, should be re-located out of London. In advance of this, I have given approval for the board to re-locate a small number of posts to Manchester in 2006, provided this can be achieved without the need for any extra grant funding from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.