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Mr. Woolas: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has no such plans. A public debate has been launched about the best governance arrangements for local areas in the future and are interested to hear views on the merits of change and how it might be made. The ODPM plans to publish a White Paper on the future of local government in the summer.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many job advertisements were placed by his Office (a) in total, (b) in print newspapers and magazines and (c) on a recruitment website in each year since 1997; and at what total cost in each case. 
of job adverts
|Average cost in print (£000)||Average cost on website (£000)|
Jim Fitzpatrick: Bullying is not specifically defined within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister but harassment and bullying are examples of alleged or perceived behaviour that would be considered under serious misconduct" within the ODPM's disciplinary procedures.
In addition the Staff Handbook of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister states that irrespective of race, ethnic or national origin, nationality, age, religion, sex, gender identity, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, working hours, agreed working patterns, fixed term appointment, union membership, union office or union activity, the ODPM will provide staff with, and staff have a right to, a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation and access to a complaints and grievances procedure for dealing with discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation in the workplace.
| 1 April||1 November||3 November||1 November|
|City of London||32||22||(49)||(49)||20||63||141||165|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||4,108||4,026||3,710||4,138||4,520||3,015||3,526||2,946|
|Kensington and Chelsea||8,387||(49)||1,655||1,715||6,067||4,576||3,308||3,064|
|Barking and Dagenham||1,509||1,727||2,005||2,172||1,328||1,578||1,798||1,623|
|Kingston upon Thames||(49)||(49)||(49)||1,152||(49)||2,169||2,333||2,394|
|Richmond upon Thames||2,420||1,714||1,600||1,629||1,751||3,497||3,086||2,166|
Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, columns 6812W, on housing, what statistical methods of comparison his Department has used to analyse the effectiveness of the Empty Homes Strategy. 
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has two methods of assessing local authority empty property strategiestheir annual housing strategy (HSSA) returns on the number of vacant dwelling and their returns for Best Value Performance Indicator 64. The former provides information on the number of empty dwellings in each local housing authority area, broken down by tenure, on an annual basis. The latter provides information on the number of empty dwellings brought back into use by each local housing authority on an annual basis.
Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, columns 6812W, on housing, what assessment he has made of Purbeck's performance in implementing the Empty Homes Strategy. 
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