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Energy Efficiency

Joan Walley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on the thermal performance of multi-foil insulation prepared under his Department's domestic buildings energy performance project. [67158]

Angela E. Smith: I have placed a copy of the BRE (Building Research Establishment) report "The thermal performance of multi-foil insulation" in the Library of the House.

Fire Services

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire brigade strikes there have been in each of the past five years; how many brigades were affected in each case; and on how many of those occasions a back-up service was not provided by the Army. [69479]

Angela E. Smith: In the past five years strikes in the Fire and Rescue Service have occurred as follows:

On all of these occasions, the armed forces provided basic emergency fire cover. In the case of the Suffolk fire strike in 2004 armed forces support was deployed to the county but never actually used, as other arrangements proved sufficient.

Government Offices

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been of information campaigns undertaken by Government Offices for the Regions since 1997. [68638]

Yvette Cooper: This information is not held centrally by the Regional Co-ordination Unit, corporate centre of the Government Offices for the English Regions, and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Housing

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase the number of units of (a) social and (b) affordable housing in West Lancashire constituency. [64324]

Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not hold this information at a constituency level, and outputs in individual local authorities vary over time, as Housing Corporation allocations are made on a regional and sub-regional basis.


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In 2004-06, 27 units of social rented housing were provided in West Lancashire local authority. For 2006-08, the Affordable Housing Programme includes the allocation of resources for the provision of a further six units of social housing and 35 new shared equity housing units in West Lancashire under the new HomeBuy scheme. Not all of these will be completed in the two year timeframe.

Further units may be provided under the Private Finance Initiative and through planning obligations.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what proportion of homes were estimated to be non-decent homes according to the English Housing Conditions Survey, in each year since 1990, broken down by (a) owner occupier, (b) private sector rented, (c) local authority, (d) housing association and (e) other housing. [68562]

Yvette Cooper: The “English House Condition Survey 2004: Headline report” (ODPM, 2006) includes details of households living in homes that did not meet the decent homes standard by tenure in 1996, 2001, 2003 and 2004 (the years the survey was carried out). Data for surveys before 1996 are not sufficient to provide robust estimates. The report is available on the ODPM website at www.odpm.gov.uk/ehcs.

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders about access to meetings, papers and records by (a) the general public, (b) representatives of local voluntary organisations, (c) elected councillors and (d) hon. Members. [69217]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 9 May 2006]: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has not issued any guidance but papers and records are available on request.

All nine housing market renewal pathfinders are expected to pursue a policy of openness and this is encouraged by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the pathfinder local authorities.

Local Government Restructuring (Ministerial Meetings)

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answers of 30 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1217-18W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) on local government restructuring and on ministerial meetings, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the minutes and (b) presentation notes and handouts from each of those meetings. [66242]

Mr. Woolas: Notes of each county dialogue event will be published on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister website in due course. At the same time, copies will be placed in the Library of the House. Formal presentations were not made by Ministers or ODPM officials nor were handouts supplied at the dialogue events.


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Local Government Strikes

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent guidance the Government have issued to local authorities in relation to contingency planning for local government strikes. [66435]

Mr. Woolas: The impact of strikes by local authority employees is different in different areas. It is generally a matter for local government to prepare contingency plans. ODPM has issued no guidance in relation tothe recent strike action. The Local Government Employers has prepared extensive guidance on planning for industrial action, some of which was issued as bulletin to local authorities.

Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Fire Authority

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) full-time and (b) retained firefighters have (i) been employed and (ii) taken early retirement in the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Fire Authority in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [69046]

Angela E. Smith: The number of firefighters in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire and Rescue Authority that have (i) been employed in each year since 1997 and (ii) taken ill-health retirement since 1998-99 is presented in the table. Information on ill-health retirement prior to 1998-99 is not held centrally.

Number of firefighters in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Fire and Rescue Authority
Wholetime Retained Duty System

1997

265

340

1998

262

362

1999

263

365

2000

263

364

2001

276

371

2002

274

344

2003

273

327

2004

285

350

2005(1)

273

369

(1) Provisional data. Note: The figures provided are a snapshot at 31 March each year. Source: ODPM annual returns

Number of firefighter ill-health retirements in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire and Rescue Authority
Wholetime Retained duty system

1998-99

7

2

1999-2000

6

0

2000-01

6

3

2001-02

9

2

2002-03

4

0

2003-04

2

1

2004005(1)

6

1

(1) Provisional data. Source: ODPM annual returns

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Recruitment

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on recruitment, search and selection agencies in each of the last five years. [68344]

Angela E. Smith: The Office was formed on 29 May 2002. The information requested from that date is as follows:


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Amount (£)

2002-03

ODPM

604,383.00

Agencies

49,462.86

2003-04

ODPM

684,127.50

Agencies

46,340.83

2004-05

ODPM

446,548.83

Agencies

16,415.17

2005-06

ODPM

370,232.23

Agencies

0


Regional Administration

Mr. Syms: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual expenditure has been of each of the Government Offices of the Regions in each year since their creation. [64954]

Yvette Cooper: The information is as follows:

(a) The administrative running costs for each Government Office for the period since their creation are detailed in the following table. The table includes the current expenditure recorded for the financial year just completed, 2005-06.

(b) Programme budgets administered by the Government Offices are the responsibility of the Secretaries of State for the relevant sponsor Departments. Information is however contained in GO Annual Reports, as was referred to in the answer to PQ 3342 tabled by the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar in October 2004.

Government Office Administrative Running Costs
Amount £000
GO 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01

North East

8,842.76

8,687.15

8,616.75

8,618.84

8,312.05

8,197.33

North West

9,983.71

9,839.09

9,442.59

13,690.13

13,048.58

13,651.03

Merseyside

4,753.84

4,349.95

4,199.53

12.24

Total MW-M

14,737.55

14,189.04

13,642.12

13,702.37

13,048.58

13,651.03

Yorks & Humber

9,060.51

8,765.04

8,475.01

8,683.92

8,888.68

9,357.48

West Midlands

10,435.73

10,040.37

9,757.79

9,474.35

9,330.15

9,960.76

East Midlands

7,116.85

6,616.67

6,436.24

6,754.39

6,951.28

7,335.77

East

6,122.84

6,168.97

6,270.62

6,269.43

7,005.47

7,542.48

South West

7,574.14

7,140.74

6,825.73

6,985.03

7,796.87

8,711.38

South East

8,331.06

8,406.18

8,544.99

8,561.40

8,658.61

9,477.26

London

11,106.26

14,106.47

13,458.82

13,238.12

13,715.79

13,860.98

Total

83,327.70

84,120.63

82,028.07

82,287.85

83,707.48

88,094.47



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