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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of people accessing a service through Supporting People were at risk of domestic violence on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Of the 82,000 clients that took up services through the programme during April-September 2005, 11 per cent. were defined primarily as women at risk of domestic violence, while a further 2 per cent. of clients were defined secondarily as women at risk of domestic violence.
|Snapshot date||Number of vacant dwellings|
The number of vacant dwellings in England has fallen from 2001 to 2004, by approximately 36,000. There is not sufficient data to establish a firm trend. As indicated in its response to Kate Barker's Review of Housing Supply, the Government are exploring ways to make significant reductions in the number of empty homes, particularly those that remain empty for long periods. The Government are introducing new powers from April 2006 for local authorities to reduce the number of long-term empty homes in their area.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Tribunal Service's plan approved by his Department on preparing for the introduction of the Euro. 
Mr. Woolas: All Central Government Departments and their sponsored bodies have been asked by HM Treasury to prepare high level plans for introducing the Euro. A copy of the Euro Conversion (High Level Plan) produced by the Valuation Tribunal Service has been made available in the Library of the House.
Norman Baker: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he received from officials in respect of the four planning applications for a stadium at Falmer, near Lewes, between the receipt of the report from Mr. John Collyer in December 2003 and the issuing of the decision letter on 27 October 2005. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Fire and rescue authorities are required by the Fire and Rescue Service National Framework to have in place and maintain an integrated risk management plan (IRMP) which reflects local need and sets out plans to tackle effectively both existing and potential risks to communities. It is, therefore, for each fire and rescue authority to determine appropriate fire cover in its area including the provision of equipment.
It is also not the role of Ministers to agree the operational proposals in an authority's plan; that is for elected members of the authority concerned. They are best placed to act on the professional advice of principal officers and to balance the competing local demands on available resources for the benefits of the communities they serve.
|Total number of ill-health and injury retirements||625||647||630||587||531|
|Whole-time firelighter ill health retirements||557||578||570||545||485|
|Retained duty system firefighter ill-health retirements||68||69||60||42||46|
|Percentage of total whole-time firefighter retirements||52.0||50.9||50.7||42.1||46.5|
|Percentage of total retained duty system firefighter retirements||30.5||28.9||20.5||17.1||21.3|
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Firefighters' Pension Scheme is an unfunded scheme and pensions are paid by fire and rescue authorities from revenue. There is therefore no employer contribution. The cost of the scheme is currently estimated to be 37.5 per cent. of pensionable pay and has increased from 34.75 per cent. since 1998. Members pay a contribution of 11 per cent. of pensionable pay which has remained unaltered since 1991.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Ordnance Survey makes significant use today of global positioning system (GPS) technology to maintain the national geospatial database in Great Britain and plans to replace its existing national GPS infrastructure with GPS+Galileo enabled receivers over the next two years as part of its routine asset replacement programme. It is expected that Galileo will give Ordnance Survey, and all professional users of satellite navigation, greater signal availability, acquisition speed and accuracy.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the contracts which have been awarded to Gaming International Ltd. by English Partnerships; and for what project each contract was awarded. 
In addition English Partnerships has granted Gaming International a licence to charge which allows it to make charges relating to land at the East Ashland Greyhound Stadium and the operating of the National Bowl.
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