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Bob Spink: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many disciplinary actions against civil servants employed in his Department (a) were commenced and (b) resulted in a sanction being applied in each of the last five years. 
The ODPM's staff handbook sets out formal procedures for dealing with disciplinary actions involving staff. Disciplinary action can result from 'misconduct' which is broken down into three categories:
Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was the average cost of a false alarm attended by the fire and rescue service (FRS) in each FRS area in the last year for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The latest estimate of the average cost of a false alarm attended by the fire and rescue service is £1,970. The cost of false fire alarms is estimated by calculating the proportion of fire service call-outs that are not related to an incident, and assuming that the proportion of total expenditure by the fire and rescue service on call-outs is attributable to false alarms. This is likely to be an overestimate, as less time and resource is generally used during false alarms than in tackling genuine incidents. Calculations produce a national average figure, but the methodology does not allow us to produce estimates for individual FRS areas.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) restaurants, (b) hotels and (c) guest houses will no longer receive rural rate relief as a result of the Licensing Act 2003 (Consequential Amendment) (Non-Domestic Rating) (Public Houses in England)
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Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/591); what the average value of the rate relief was in each category in the latest period for which figures are available; what assessment of the impact of the change on each category of business has been made; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woolas: Local authorities are not required to provide data on the number or breakdown of recipients of rural village shop rate relief, of which relief for public houses is one category. Mandatory and discretional rural village shop rate relief as a whole is estimated to amount to £8.2 million in 200505 across all billing authority areas. The Licensing Act 2003 (Consequential Amendment) (Non-Domestic Rating) (Public Houses in England) Order 2006 replaces the definition of public house" in the Non-Domestic Rating (Public Houses and Petrol Filling Stations)(England) Order 2001. The Licensing Act 2003 replaced the type of licence on which the 2001 definition was based with new arrangements that do not exactly correspond to the previous arrangements, but did not make the necessary consequential amendment.
Mr. Woolas: The Local Government Finance Settlements for 200607 and 200708 were laid before the House of Commons on the 31 January 2006 and the settlement for 200607 was agreed on the 6 February 2006.
For formula grant allocations, the ODPM can only use the best data available on a consistent basis for all authorities that are available at the time. For population, these are the 2003-based population projections and mid-2004 population estimates published by the Office for National Statistics.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not hold the information requested. This is because the national pay framework includes a series of pay points linked together in a spinal column". Each local authority has local responsibility for dividing this spinal
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) personal computers, (b) laptops, (c) servers, (d) printers, (e) scanners, (f) photocopiers and (g) fax machines (i) his Department, (ii) each (A) non-departmental public body, (B) executive agency and (C)
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other public body for which his Department is responsible in (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, (3) each English region and (4) Northern Ireland owned in (x) 200304 and (y) 200405. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) or what reasons he has changed planning policy guidelines from PPG to PPS3; what representations he has received on these changes; and what reasons underlay the setting out of the proposed changes in an annex to the consultation document; 
Yvette Cooper: The intention to move from existing Planning Policy Guidance Note 3: Housing" (PPG3) to a shorter, clearer planning policy statement for housing was signalled in the planning statement given to the House on 18 July 2005, Official Report, column 4446WS.
The Government's planning reform agenda includes work over time to review planning guidance, and to replace it with more outcome-based statement of national planning policy. Draft Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing" (PPS3) aims to ensure that the planning system is used to its maximum effect to ensure that everyone has the benefit of a decent home, which they can afford, within a community which is sustainable and in which they want to live and work. Draft PPS3 was duly published for consultation on 5 December 2005 alongside the Government's response to Kate Barker's review of housing supply.
The consultation period for responses to draft PPS3 closed on 27 February. Some 2,000 responses have been received to date. Responses to the consultation will be taken into account in finalising PPS3 and a summary of consultation responses will be published on the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministers website alongside final PPS3.
Annex A of draft PPS3 proposes some clarificatory changes to the definition of previously-developed land currently set out in Annex C of PPG3 and the footnotes to that Annex. I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to the hon. Member for Southport on 20 March 2006, Official Report, column 67W and the hon.
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Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 21 March 2006, Official Report, (question 56090) concerning the effect of these proposed changes.
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