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Ian Pearson: We and our EU partners judged the March 2005 presidential elections as neither free nor fair. In addition to the human rights situation, we held reservations about the election environment. We therefore commend the 5 December 2005 African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights resolution on human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, available at http://www.zlhr.org.zw/media/releases/jan_02_06.htm.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Zimbabwe; and what assessment he has made of the prospects for the restoration of democracy in that country. 
Ian Pearson: The political situation remains dire. Mugabe's ZANU(PF) Government continues to tighten its grip on power, including by clamping down on political and social challenge through the illegal confiscation of passports and the harassment of journalists and the trade unionists.
Until Mugabe changes his policies, Zimbabwe will continue to suffer and ordinary citizens will be denied their basic and fundamental rights. Pressure to reform from within Africa is growing, and frustration within Zimbabwe is building. We will continue to support all those who are working towards the restoration of good governance in Zimbabwe.
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Cabinet Office provided decorated Christmas trees in some buildings. The Department had a corporate greeting card which was sent to people with whom we had worked during 2005. 100 per cent. of the material of the card was from sustainable managed forests, and 40 per cent. of its cost went to charity.
A number of Cabinet Office employees attended and participated in the Whitehall Carol Service organised by the Whitehall-wide Christian Network. Participants included myself and Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, who gave a reading at the service.
Employees organised their own work unit celebrations in the form of meals or parties and some employees decorated their work areas as agreed with their management unit at their own cost. Christmas themed meals were sold on set days in departmental employee canteens.
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Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; what models the cars are; what type of petrol each model requires; and what the fuel efficiency is of each model. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The number of cars owned by the Cabinet Office; what models the cars are; what type of petrol each model requires; and what the fuel efficiency is of each model, is shown in the table.
|2Toyota Prius||Hybrid electricity/petrol||65.7 mpg (combined)|
|Vauxhall Vectra LS DTI||Diesel||10.76 average miles/ltr|
|Ford Focus LX TD DI||Diesel||10.47 average miles/ltr|
|Peugeot 406 GLX HDI||Diesel||9.52 average miles/ltr|
|LDV 400 Convoy Minibus||Diesel||5.78 average miles/ltr|
For vehicles provided to Government Departments by the GCDA, my hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport has asked the Chief Executive of the GCDA to write to the hon. Member with the information requested.
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Cabinet Office does not deliver services directly to the public which may be open to identity fraud. Therefore the Department does not provide this training for their front desk or administrative staff.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what provisions the Government has made in relation to Implementing Electronic Government to facilitate (a) electronic exchange of property information between local authorities and the Valuation Office Agency and (b) extend the use of geographical information systems by local authorities. 
Mr. Woolas: One of the 22 Local e-Gov National Projects was Valuebill, which examined ways of effectively and efficiently linking local government and the Valuation Office Agency. This project has now been completed and is being rolled out by London Connects. With regard to geographical information systems, these are readily available commercial products, which local authorities have been able to procure in the same way as any other business software package, according to business need. Local e-government priority outcome G14 requires all local authorities in England to provide
In Sefton, English Partnerships has already invested in acquiring properties in the Bootle area for a combination of refurbishment, new building and some demolition. Planning permission has been granted for two housing association projects providing affordable homes and work is expected to begin in February 2006.
Any further investment by English Partnerships in Sefton will be dependent upon the identification of projects which deliver strategic and transformational
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physical change which could not be otherwise achieved, and the availability of funding (in addition to Housing Market Renewal Fund allocations, of which some £9 million has been allocated to Sefton in 20056).
Funding for housing market renewal areas has been increasing year by year, and against that background and an updated agenda for English Partnerships, English Partnerships is now taking a more strategic role in housing market renewal areas going forward.
In such areas, English Partnerships is no longer providing general funding to assist land assembly and demolition. It is intended that core housing market renewal funding will be used for these purposes. Instead, English Partnership will focus on a limited number of major strategic interventions which fit English Partnerships role in delivering and supporting regeneration projects of national significance, and which would not otherwise be achievable. By definition these projects will be large scale, complex in nature and involve transforming rundown urban areas.
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