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Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many water desalination plants are (a) in operation, (b) under construction and (c) planned; what the location is of each; and which company is involved in each case. 
Ian Pearson: The water companies proposals for resource developments, including proposed desalination plants, were set out in their 25 year water resources plans, prepared in 2004. The Environment Agency reported on the appropriateness of those plans in Maintaining Water Supply, which is available from its website:
no water company has a desalination plant in operation. South East
Water has been testing a pilot plant at Newhaven, although no water
from this pilot project has gone into supply. The company is preparing
the documentation to support a planning
application for a plant at this site. Thames Water is appealing against the refusal of planning permission for a plant at Beckton in the Thames estuary. The companys water resources plan also identifies provision for a second plant in the 2020s. Folkestone and Dover Water plan a small desalination plant at Hythe in 2019 and Southern Water propose the development of a desalination plant in the 2020s.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many customers were in receipt of the vulnerable groups tariff for each water company over the last three years for which figures are available. 
Ian Pearson: Each year, Ofwat collects information from companies on the number of households applying for, and successfully receiving, assistance offered under the Vulnerable Groups Regulations.
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16. Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on implementation of the recommendations of the Barker review on affordable housing. 
John Healey: Good progress has been made on implementing the recommendations contained in the Barker Review of Housing Supply.
We have set out major reforms to encourage housing growth including a new Planning Policy Statement for Housing to bring forward more land in response to demand, and a planning gain supplement to help fund infrastructure to support growth.
17. James Brokenshire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his G8 colleagues regarding prospects for global economic growth. 
Ed Balls: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mr. Crabb) on the Floor of the House earlier today.
18. Rob Marris: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecasts he has made of stamp duty receipts from sales of residential property during the periods between 1 June 2006 and 31 December 2006 and 1 June 2007 and 31 December 2007. 
Ed Balls: Forecasts of yield are made at Budget time on a fiscal year basis. The forecast is published in table C8 which aggregates stamp duty on property with that on shares.
23. Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future of stamp duty on residential property sales. 
Ed Balls: All taxes are kept under review and announcements are made in the Budget.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2006, Official Report, column 95W, on stamp duty (1) how much was raised in stamp duty from home sales in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) London, (c) Southend and (d) Wales in 2005-06; 
(2) how much was raised in stamp duty from home sales in (a) each local authority area, (b) the United Kingdom, (c) London, (d) Scotland and (e) Wales in the nearest year to 1997-98 for which figures are available. 
Ed Balls: Estimates of stamp duty raised from home sales in 1997-98 in the United Kingdom, London, Scotland and Northern Ireland (combined) and Wales are available at:
19. Mrs. Betty Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the forthcoming G8 meeting in St. Petersburg on 15 to 17 July. 
Ed Balls: The Prime Minister will attend the G8 summit in St. Petersburg this weekend. This is the first Russian G8 Presidency and the UK is working with G8 partners for a successful summit. The Presidencys focus is on energy security, infectious diseases and education. These and other current issues will be discussed at the meeting. The Prime Minister will lead two sessions on Africa at the summit, in recognition of continuing G8 focus on Africa.
20. Mark Pritchard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on levels of unemployment in Shropshire between June 2005 and June 2006. 
John Healey: The number of people unemployed and claiming benefit in Shropshire in May 2006 is 2,599. This is 603 higher than the previous year, but it is nearly 1,700 lower than it was in 1997, and nearly 10,000 lower than it was in 1986 under the last Government.
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