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Best value performance indicator 225, which was introduced in 2005-06, measures the overall provision and effectiveness of local authority services
to help victims of domestic violence. We are not currently monitoring local authority performance against best value performance indicator 225, although we expect that subsequent time series data will help us identify those areas that need our support. The Audit Commission is considering whether data from this performance indicator should be taken into account in the next comprehensive performance assessment round.
Mr. Woolas: We are proposing certain changes to the electoral processes for local government in England in our Local Government White Paper Strong and Prosperous Communities, and in the Local Government and Involvement in Public Health Bill currently before Parliament. These include simplifying arrangements by devolving power to local authorities to opt for all-out electionsevery four yearsand single-member wards.
In addition, the Committee on Standards in Public Life, in its 11(th) report Review of The Electoral Commission, makes recommendations to reform the Electoral Commission, including recommendations about the processes for setting local electoral boundaries. The Government have welcomed the Committees report and are carefully considering its recommendations.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish the Equality Act regulations for Great Britain; and whether local authority-commissioned adoption agencies run by religious bodies will be subject to the regulations. 
Mr. Woolas: The Government published a consultation paper in March setting out proposals for regulations that will prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services. The Government will publish a response to consultation shortly, with the intention that the regulations should come into force next April, alongside part 2 of the Equality Act outlawing discrimination on grounds of religion or belief in the provision of goods and services. The hon. Member should refer to the press notices made by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women on 29 January 2007, which have been made available in the Library.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued on whether local polls held by a local
authority further to the Local Government Act 2003 may be held on any day of the local authority's choosing; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of her Departments computer systems use open source software; what percentage of the systems planned to be installed use such software; and whether she plans to increase the use of open source software in her Department. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department does not have statistics on the use of open source software, and to date it is very limited. The Department will continue to consider open source solutions on an overall value for money basis in accordance with the Governments policy statement. The policy (Open Source Software, Use within UK Government, Version 2.0, 28 October 2004) can be viewed at:
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) Muslim, (b) Hindu and (c) Sikh organisations received funding from her Department in each of the last five years; and how much has been allocated to each such organisation for 2006-07. 
Mr. Woolas: The Department has a number of funding streams which enable faith-based organisations to deliver a wide range of community based projects. Some are targeted specifically at faith organisations. Some faith organisations apply for mainstream grants and are awarded money on the same basis as any other applicant.
The key source of targeted funding for faith organisations is the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund. In 2006, 96 Muslim organisations received a total of £1,447,307; 21 Hindu organisations received £225,445 and 14 Sikh organisations received £347,222. A further breakdown is available on the Community Development Foundation website www.cdf.org.uk.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what means the Valuation Office Agency assesses whether a domestic property has an outbuilding for the purposes of its maintenance of council tax valuation lists; and by what means it did so during the Welsh council tax revaluation. 
Mr. Woolas: Whether a property has an outbuilding, or any other property attribute, was initially gathered from the Valuation Office Agencys paper-based records as they were digitised. This information will continue to be collected, as circumstances allow, for new or altered properties as part of the on-going statutory responsibility to maintain current council tax valuation lists. For the Welsh council tax revaluation, property attribute data had not been digitised, and paper-based records were relied upon.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 474W, on the Valuation Office Agency, how many domestic properties in the local authority area of (a) Epping Forest district council and (b) Brentwood borough council are classified with a dwelling house code of FC. 
Mr. Woolas: As at 3 January 2007 there were (a) 359 and (b) 574 domestic properties classified with a dwelling house code of FC in (a) Epping Forest district council and (b) Brentwood borough council.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 475W, on the Valuation Office Agency, how many domestic dwellings in England are recorded by the Valuation Office Agency as having the property attribute of having (a) one bathroom and (b) more than one bathroom. 
Mr. Woolas: As at 3 January 2007, of the 21,849,763 dwellings in England the Valuation Office Agency has recorded (a) 19,426,111 with one bathroom and (b) 2,321,927 with two or more bathrooms. The records will, correctly, not show an entry under number of bathrooms in either of these headings in such cases as unmodernised properties where there is no separate bathroom or where facilities are shared amongst occupiers (e.g. certain types of bedsit)
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the Costa Viyella site in Worksop was acquired by the East Midlands
Development Agency; what the rationale was for its acquisition; on what date it was sold; what the rationale was for its sale; how many jobs have been created at this site since EMDA acquisition; and what has been the effect on public funds in real terms of EMDAs acquisition. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 30 January 2007]: The Costa Viyella site was acquired by the East Midlands Development Agency on 30 March 2001. The rationale for the acquisition of the site was to ensure that suitable employment land and premises were retained in the Worksop area in the light of recent job losses.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on how to secure UK electronic networks against disruption from (i) attack and (ii) natural hazards; and if he will make a statement. 
My Department contributes to the Cabinet Offices annual national risk assessment that considers both threats and hazards to the UKs electronic communications networks. The assessment is part of a comprehensive programme to ensure that the nations ICT is properly safeguarded and is undertaken in conjunction with the communications services providers, Departments and agencies with the relevant expertise in these areas.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which non-departmental public bodies are sponsored by his Department; what the function is of each body; and what the budget was of each body in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Details of the remit, Government funding and gross expenditure of public bodies sponsored by DTI can be found in the Cabinet Office publication, Public Bodies 2006, copies of which are in the Library and which is also available online at:
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post boxes were (a) removed and (b) not replaced after damage or theft by the Royal Mail in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these were at sites located in Wealden constituency. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: This is an operational matter for which the Royal Mail has direct responsibility. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive of Royal Mail, Adam Crozier, to provide a direct reply to the hon. Member.
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government's consultation on the Post Office network runs to 8 March 2007. Government will then consider responses with a view to making an announcement by the end of March 2007. It will then be for Post Office Ltd to develop local area implementation plans within the framework set by Government.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Government are currently seeking views on proposals which set out the broad framework for maintaining a national Post Office network. A final implementation process will not be established until the Government's public consultation has ended.
Government's proposals include the introduction of access criteria and the requirement that, in restructuring the network, Post Office Ltd takes into account local factors affecting ease of access, such as rivers, mountains, valleys and sea crossings. Following Government's decisions after national consultation, Post Office Ltd will be tasked to develop area restructuring plans which will then be put to local consultation.
Jim Fitzpatrick: Discussions between Post Office Ltd and the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters on terms are on-going. Compensation to exiting sub-postmasters is broadly expected to be based on 28 months remunerationmatching the levels awarded under the urban reinvention programme.
Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much postal business Royal Mail has lost to the private sector since the postal industry was opened up to competition. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: Postcomm has responsibility for the introduction of competition in the UK and monitors its development. Its latest figures show that in the period from April to December 2006, Downstream Access accounted for around 11 per cent. of Royal Mails total addressed letter volumes in the licensed area. This is mail carried by alternative operators and handed over to Royal Mail for final delivery. Royal Mail still delivers this mail and collects revenue for the final delivery, and is therefore delivering 99 per cent. of licensed area addressed mail.
Domestic stream£1,000 per kW installed up to a maximum of £5,000, subject to an overall 30 per cent. limit of the installed costs
Small-scale community projects50 per cent. of installed costs up to a maximum of £30,000
Stream 2 A40 per cent. of the installed costs up to a maximum of £100,000
Stream 2B40 per cent. of the installed costs up to a maximum of £1 million
30 per cent. of the installed costs up to a maximum of £1 million
There are also a number of organisations due to start micro-wind field trials, which are expected to provide useful data on performance in the urban environment. The Government are engaged in this work and it will feed into development of the microgeneration certification scheme, which is due to be launched in April 2007. The certification scheme has a key role to play in developing sustainable markets for microgeneration technologies, including micro wind.
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