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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether billing authorities are able to levy backdated interest on (a) late council tax payments and (b) retrospective payments made as a result of a council tax discount being incorrectly claimed. 
Mr. Woolas: No interest is payable on late council tax payments or any retrospective payments. A system to include interest payments could be operated only at disproportionate cost. Equally, no interest is payable on council tax overpayments.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Working Group for Local Government Financial Statistics, which comprises representatives of central and local Government, will consider the student council tax exemption figures used for grant calculation purposes.
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A full council tax bill assumes that there are at least two adults living in a dwelling. Where there is only one adult living in the dwelling the overall bill is reduced by 25 per cent. Certain people are disregarded for the purposes of calculating the household's bill. In the case of apprentices the disregard is in part dependent on their earning less than a prescribed level of income. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will shortly be consulting on whether the apprentice earnings limit should be increased and, if so, by how much.
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John McDonnell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many prohibition notices were issued by the fire and rescue services in England in accordance with Regulation 12 of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended) and section 10 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971 (as amended) in each year since 1997, broken down by issuing authority. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: All prohibition and restriction of use notices are issued under section 10 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971. The effect of Regulation 12 of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 (as amended) is to extend the scope of section 10 of the 1971 Act to cover tents and other moveable structures where people are employed to work; and places of work in the open air .
|Bedfordshire and Luton||0||1||4||1||1||0||0|
|County Durham and Darlington||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Hereford and Worcester||7||2||2||0||0||0||0|
|Isle of Wight||2||2||0||6||0||0||0|
|Isles of Scilly||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tyne and Wear||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward secondary legislation to allow public sector bodies to have access to the new register of home condition reports. 
Yvette Cooper: The only people who will have access to the registers of home condition reports will be buyers and sellers, their advisers and mortgage lenders and those monitoring the performance and quality of the reports. The secondary legislation will be framed accordingly.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local government total assumed spending was made up of specific grants in each year since 199798; and what the estimated figure is for 200607. 
Mr. Woolas: The percentage of local government revenue expenditure financed by specific grants in each year since 199798 to 200506 is tabled as follows. The information requested for 200607 is not available yet.
|Percentage of local government revenue expenditure|
The definition of local government revenue expenditure used here is that expenditure funded from aggregate external finance (AEF), council tax and authorities' reserves. AEF is Central Government revenue funding that comprises Formula grant (Revenue Support Grant, Redistributed business rates and Police Grant), General Greater London Authority (GLA) Grant and specific grants inside AEF, i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services. The definition of specific grants used here is the specific grants inside AEF.
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