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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of (a) the average domestic rates paid per household and (b) the total net revenue from domestic rates for 2006-07. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many high hedges appeals have been made under section 71 of the
Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; and how many have been upheld in favour of the appellant. 
Meg Munn: At 8 January 2007, a total of 421 high hedges appeals had been made since part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 came into operation in England on 1 June 2005. 34 were either withdrawn or rejected as invalid. Information on the remaining 387 appeals is set out in the following table.
|High hedges appeals made under section 71 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003position at 8 January 2007|
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities have taken contribution holidays from the local government pension scheme in each of the last 10 years; 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 27 November 2006]: The contribution rates paid by local authorities who participate in the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales are assessed by fund actuaries every three years to ensure the long term solvency of the scheme. Over the last 10 years, the funds have been valued as at 31 March 1998, 2001 and 2004, with the next valuation due on 31 March 2007.
Details of individual contribution rates finally set by the 89 LGPS administering authorities in England and Wales are included in reports prepared by fund actuaries engaged by those authorities and are not held centrally. Seeking permission from all 89 authorities, and the relevant actuarial firms to publish this information for each of the three valuation exercises that have taken place since 1998, could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Coaker: Since September 2001 over 190 local authority areas have notified the Home Office that they have made designation orders under section 13 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 to restrict anti-social public drinking by introducing a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), in areas that have experienced alcohol-related disorder or nuisance.
Once in place a DPPO provides the police with the power to enforce the restriction, where necessary because of antisocial alcohol misuse, by confiscating both opened and sealed containers. There are currently over 400 DPPOs and some areas have introduced more than one. A full list of the local authorities that have introduced DPPOs can be found on the following website: www.crimereduction.gov.uk/alcoholorders09. htm
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Departments policy is on the outsourcing of immigration and visa applications; what assessment he has made of the activities of the Setup Travel Agency, representatives in Gaziantep in the case of Mr. Ramazan Sivka; and if he will make a statement. 
Commercial Partnerships (Outsourcing) play a central role in the delivery of core UKvisas business by providing a range of administrative services supporting entry clearance sections. The use of commercial partners, which perform routine functions such as collection of fees, data entry and the checking of documentation has enabled entry clearance staff to concentrate on front-line work to meet targets and handle increased numbers of applications.
The actions of the Setup Travel Agency representative based in Gaziantep have been reviewed. The review confirmed that the representative did advise Mr. Sivka that he should only apply for a one year stay, which was consistent with the documentation that he had produced with his application. The review also concluded that the Setup Travel Agency representative was trying to be helpful and he gave this advice with the best interests of Mr. Sivka in mind. Notwithstanding this, however, further training has been provided to the representative to ensure that inappropriate advice is not given in future and the Visa Section will continue to monitor performance regularly.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget was of each police
constabulary in 2005-06; and what each constabularys performance against target was in this year. 
Police forces are assessed by comparison to relative performance of other forces facing similar demands, rather than against fixed targets. A copy of the most recent Police Performance Assessments have been placed in the House Library and are also available at:
|Police authority budgets in England and Wales 2005-06|
|Police authority||Budget requirement 2005-06 (£)|
Department for Communities and Local GovernmentEnglish Police Authorities/Welsh Assembly GovernmentWelsh Police Authorities
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action (a) a commissioning authority and (b) a lead investigator should take upon becoming aware of a personal conflict of interest within the investigation being conducted under Prison Service Order 1300; and if he will make a statement. 
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