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The Prime Minister: Approximately 1,600 cards were purchased for official use at a cost of £325. All expenditure incurred in the purchase and posting of these cards is in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in Government Accounting".
The Prime Minister: For these purposes my office forms part of the Cabinet Office. I have therefore asked my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Jim Murphy) to reply. A copy of the reply will be placed in the Library of the House.
The Prime Minister:
Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and overall cost of special advisers and the number in each payband. I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial
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statement I made on 21 July 2005, Official Report, 15861WS. Information on the numbers of special advisers prior to 2003 was provided at regular intervals and this information is available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 888W, on terrorism victims (compensation), when he expects to be able to report to the House on the results of the Government's consideration of the feasibility of introducing a scheme to provide compensation for UK victims of terrorism referred to in his reply to the hon. Member for Walsall, North (Mr. Winnick) on 15 October 2005. 
The Prime Minister: I last met President Hu during his state visit in November 2005 where we discussed a wide range of issues. The British ambassador to China raised the destruction of historic buildings in Tibet with the Vice-Mayor of Lhasa in July 2004. He stressed the need to balance modernity with the preservation of Tibetan culture.
David Howarth: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Oral Answer to the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Mr. Kennedy) of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 862, whether the definition of torture he uses includes cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. 
The Prime Minister: The Government understands the term torture" to have the meaning set out in Article 1 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).
The Government believe that it is right to maintain a fair alignment between house prices and council tax bands. However they announced on
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20 September 2005 that they were postponing the 2007 revaluation of council tax so that revaluation can take full account of Sir Michael Lyons' extended inquiry into local government funding. Sir Michael published his initial findings and research so far in December last year and will publish his final report at the end of this year.
Yvette Cooper: The proportion of housing stock owned by Coventry City council, sold through the right-to-buy scheme in each financial year since 198081, as reported by Coventry City is tabulated. The table shows the number of right-to-buy sales in each financial year as a percentage of the stock at the beginning of that period. There have been no right-to-buy sales since September 2000 when all remaining local authority stock was transferred to a registered social landlord.
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sold through RTB
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was formed in May 2002. Figures for ODPM are unavailable for 200203. The ODPM does not hold separate information on expenditure on refreshments, however expenditure on catering which includes refreshments is held and the figures for these are as follows.
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The LAA Outcomes Framework, published as part of the LAA Guidance Note in June, 2005, provides for targets to be negotiated relating to concentrations of air pollutants and to the energy efficiency/carbon performance of properties.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the relationship between the work of the Interdepartmental Taskforce on the Improvement of Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings and the energy review. 
Yvette Cooper: The recommendations of the review of the sustainability of Existing Buildings which, among other issues, is considering measures which could be taken to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings, will be taken into account in the much wider energy review, as stated in the consultation document, Our Energy Challenge: Securing clean, affordable energy for the long-term", that was issued on 23 January.
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