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This answer does not include property owned by the Government offices, who carry out functions on behalf of 10 Government Departments, but does include CLG agencies.
None of the information contained in the PCs above was classified. However, each laptop and desktop PC was password protected.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will
consult on proposals to introduce a ban on age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services. 
Meg Munn: The Government are considering whether there is a case for introducing legislation to prohibit harmful age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services as part of the Discrimination Law Review. The proposals emerging from the review will be published in a Green Paper for public consultation shortly.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consult on proposals to introduce a positive duty on public authorities to promote age equality. 
Meg Munn: The Government are considering the case for extending protection from discrimination on grounds of age beyond employment. There have been strong calls from stakeholders to introduce a duty on the public sector to promote age equality. This issue is being considered as part of the Discrimination Law Review. Proposals emerging from the review will be published in a Green Paper for public consultation shortly.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost is of each regional fire control centre; and what stage each regional project has reached. 
Angela E. Smith: Good progress is being made on the project at regional level. Three regions have already established their local authority controlled companies that will operate their Regional Control Centre. One Regional Control Centre Director is in post and the recruitment of others is in hand. Regions have completed preliminary planning and scoping work around all the major activities they will need to undertake to transfer controls to the RCC network.
Detailed planning will start in the next few months once the IT contract has been awarded and the timetable for transfer to the new system has been agreed.
Each Regional Control Centre will be leased from the owners of the buildings. Details of the rents, lengths of leases and the dates when the buildings are due for completion are set out in the following table.
|Region||Lease length (years)||Rent (£ per annum exclusive of VAT)||Target practical completion date||Rent commencement date|
A public procurement process under EU rules is still under way for the London regional control centre
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance is available to local authorities to fund the costs associated with stewarding a private Bill through the parliamentary process. 
Mr. Woolas: Councils promote Private Bills at their own discretion and are responsible for meeting the costs of doing this from their own resources.
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total Revenue Support Grant was in each local authority in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Woolas: Tables showing the amount of Revenue Support Grant for each local authority in England from 1998-99 to 2007-08 have been placed in the Library of the House.
It should be borne in mind that the numbers shown in these tables are not necessarily comparable year-on-year owing to changes in the funding, function and structure of local authorities during this time, and because Revenue Support Grant is only one component of formula grant.
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Minister for Housing and Planning expects to reply to the letters of 8 December 2005, 16 February 2006 and 10 January 2007 from the hon. Member for Hazel Grove on the implementation of the Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004; and if she will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: I have now replied to the hon. Members correspondence. I apologise for the delay.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions via accident and emergency to NHS hospitals in England for alcohol-related conditions there were in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
The following table lists the admissions via accident and emergency (A and E) to national health service hospitals in England for alcohol-related conditions in each year since 1997. The Government are committed to tackling alcohol related harm through the implementation of the alcohol harm reduction strategy for England which was published in March 2004. This work includes the £3.2 million identification and brief advice trailblazer programme
aimed at hazardous and harmful drinkers which was launched in October 2006. A number of trailblazers will be placed in accident and emergency departments.
All diagnosis count of finished in year admission episodes admitted via accident and emergency departments for alcohol-related illness for 1997-98 to 2005-06.
Finished in-year admissions.
A finished in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider, excluding admissions beginning before 1 April at the start of the datayear. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Diagnosis codes F10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders Due to Use of Alcohol; K70 Alcoholic Liver Disease; T51 Toxic Effect of Alcohol
These figures represent a count of all finished in year admission episodes where the method of admission was coded as emergency: via accident and emergency services, including the casualty department of the provider; or emergency: other means, including patients who arrive via the A and E department of another provider.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health and social care.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women were examined by a breast cancer specialist within two weeks of a referral from their general practitioner in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The percentage of women with suspected breast cancer seen by a specialist within two weeks of urgent referral by their general practitioner in the last 12 months is shown in the following table.
|Breast cancer: percentage of women seen by a specialist within two weeks of urgent referral in England|
|Quarter||Number of patients seen||Percentage|
Further data on cancer waiting times performance is available on the Departments website at www.performance.doh.gov.uk/cancerwaits
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plans to introduce a national human papilloma virus immunisation programme in 2007-08. 
Caroline Flint: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is in the process of thoroughly examining the vaccine safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness evidence concerning human papilloma virus vaccines. The work is being taken forward by a sub-group of JCVI, who will present their findings to the parent committee. The Government will consider the advice from JCVI on this issue when it has been given.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusion the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation reached at its meeting on 14 February 2007 on the implementation of a national human papilloma virus immunisation programme; and if she will immediately publish the minutes of that meeting. 
Caroline Flint: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) noted the progress being made by the JCVI subgroup on human papilloma virus (HPV). The HPV sub-group will continue its work and report back to the main JCVI.
The minutes of the JCVI meeting will be made available on the website within three months of the main committee meetings.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart operations on children in (a) Leicester Royal Infirmary, (b) Leicester General Hospital, (c) Glenfield Hospital and (d) England were cancelled in each year since 1997. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not held centrally.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chiropodists were employed in the NHS in England in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The available information has been placed in the Library. Primary care trusts were first introduced in 2000 and information is available from 2002. Information for earlier years has been broken down by strategic health authority.
Laura Moffatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the new Walport clinical lectureship posts will be funded; and if she will ensure that they are not affected by NHS financial deficits. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The requirement to support these posts for 2007-08 will be included in the Departments service level agreement with strategic health authorities (SHAs). The Department is also discussing the longer-term funding arrangements with SHAs.
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