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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) NHS services, (b) social service departments and (c) children's services departments are legally obliged to check their employees against her Department's list of individuals who are considered unsuitable to work with children. 
Section 7(1) of the Protection of Children Act requires an organisation which is concerned with the provision of accommodation, social services or health care services to children or the supervision of children and whose activities are regulated, to check both the PoCA List and List 99 in every instance where they propose to offer an individual a child care position.
Therefore all NHS services, social service departments and children's services departments who employ staff in child care positions are legally obliged to check the PoCA List and List 99 before employing a person in such a position.
Peter Law: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made in respect of the explosion at the fuel depot at Buncefield of (a) the possibility of terrorist sabotage causing the conflagration, (b) the contribution to United Kingdom carbon emissions of the fires created by the explosion and (c) the cost of cleaning up the land contaminated at and around the site. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The cause of the explosion at the fuel depot at Buncefield has yet to be established and is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency is working with, and advising, the oil companies' scientific advisers to establish a strategy to quantify the extent and scope of contamination both on and off site, including both land and water resources. Gathering such evidence should enable overall remediation costs to be quantified.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the occasions on which he has sought policy clearance for (a) legislation and (b) amendments to Government Bills from the Cabinet Committee on (i) Domestic Affairs and (ii) Economic Affairs during the current session. 
Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees is generally not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.
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The data are as reported by local authorities and are taken from Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) Revenue Summary (RS) returns for 199697 to 200405, and ODPM Revenue Account (RA) Budget returns for 200506.
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Comparisons across years may not be valid due to changes in responsibilities and the method of reporting the information. In particular, the outturn data for 199697 to 200203 and the budget data for 200506 have been calculated on a non-FRS (Financial Reporting Standard) 17 basis while the outturn data for 200304 to 200405 have been calculated on an FRS 17 basis. Hence, figures for different years may not be directly comparable.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, columns 19645W, on councillors (pensions/incomes), what estimate the Government have made of the cost resulting from the changes to rules relating to allowances and pensions. 
Mr. Woolas: The Government hold no information on the cost resulting from changes to rules relating to allowances and pensions. Decisions about the levels of allowances paid in any case are for the local authority concerned.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what expenditure on (a) buildings and (b) insurance of buildings and staff was of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) non-departmental public body, (B) executive agency and (C) other public body for which his Department is responsible in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, (3) each English region and (4) Northern Ireland in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 200506 in each case. 
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Figures include costs for ODPM (Central), Government Offices for the Regions, the Planning Inspectorate, the Rent Service (for 200203 and 200304 only), Advisory bodies and Tribunals. The Rent Service transferred to the Department of Works and Pensions with effect from 1 April 2004.
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