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John McDonnell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many deaths there were in dwelling fires in each fire and rescue services area in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The following table shows the data for each fire and rescue service in England in each of the last 10 years.
|Hereford and Worcester||2||1||6||4||3||2||2||4||4||2|
|Isle of Wight||2||1||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||0|
|Isles of Scilly||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tyne and Wear||6||12||5||16||5||5||7||5||8||4|
Mr. Leech: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are classed as homeless in (a) Manchester and (b) Withington constituency. 
Yvette Cooper: Information about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is collected in respect of households, rather than persons, and at local authority rather than constituency level.
This is summarised in a quarterly Statistical Release, the latest of which was published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on 13 March. A supplementary table presents key information at local authority level, including outcomes of all decisions made between 1 October and 31 December 2005, and numbers in temporary accommodation on 31 December 2005. Copies are available in the House of Commons Library, and from the ODPM website at:
The duty owed to a person accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need is to secure suitable accommodation. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomesavailable. As an alternative to the provision of temporary accommodation some authorities arrange for households to remain in their current accommodation (homeless at home), until a settled solution becomes available.
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Information is also collected separately by the department on the number of people who sleep rough, that is, those who are literally roofless on a single night. In April 2005 Manchester City Council carried out a count of rough sleepers and counted 7 persons sleeping rough. No information is available at constituency level and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment (a) his Department and (b) Ordnance Survey has made of the implications of the EU's plans for Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE). 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Defra is the UK Policy Lead department on INSPIRE. Defra has completed the partial Regulatory Impact Assessment covering the benefits and cost to UK. This Regulatory Impact Assessment accompanied a supplementary explanatory memorandum sent to the appropriate Scrutiny Committees on 26 May 2005.
Mr. Syms: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the average salaries of (a) male and (b) female employees in local government. 
John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 21 March 2006:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the average salaries of (a) male and (b) female employees in local government. (60016)
Average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for full time employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
I attach a table showing Average Gross Weekly Earnings by male and female for the year 2005. Employees in local government have been defined as those employed by an organisation with legal status 6 (local authority) on the Inter-departmental Business Register.
The ASHE, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent. sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes.
Graham Stringer: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the formal review of the Oil-Fired Technical Association prior to its registration. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [pursuant to the answer given on 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2243W]: The next review of the scheme will be in the context of its seeking accreditation from the United Kingdom Advisory Service, which must be achieved by 1 April 2008 at the latest.
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