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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance produced by the Valuation Office Agency on sending questionnaires to householders for council tax valuation purposes. 
Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much revenue her Department received from advertisements on its (a) public information leaflets and (b) public websites in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: The Departments general policy is not to accept advertisements for public information leaflets produced by the Communications Directorate or for its main corporate website. Information on this subject covering our leaflets and the range of our websites over the last 10 years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In the last year, no advertisements have been accepted for public information leaflets produced by the Communications Directorate or for the corporate website.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in her Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement on her Departments policy on home working. 
Communities and Local Government supports all forms of flexible working and is currently reviewing its policy to make it clearer for staff and line managers to understand the balance between the work we need to do and the achievement of a successful work/life balance, including home working arrangements.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time contracts of employment in her Department in each of the last three years were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) aged 55 years or over. 
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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of staff in her Department are (a) male, (b) female, (c) registered disabled and (d) aged 55 or over. 
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) services and (b) products her Department has procured from Remploy in the last 12 months; and at what cost. 
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list all the unpublished research commissioned from (a) individuals and (b) organisations outside her Department which was supplied to her Department and its predecessor in each year since 2002. 
Angela E. Smith:
Details of projects commissioned by Communities and Local Government research programmes are available from our Research Management Database (RMD) at http://www.rmd.communities.gov.uk.
This includes information about publications associated with individual projects. Research is also funded from non-research budgets.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what average number of days per year was taken by staff in her Department as sick leave in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
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Figures are taken from the annual series of reports Sickness Absence in the Civil Service published by the Cabinet Office at http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/occupational_health/publications/index.asp
Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of providing British Sign Language (BSL) videos on her departmental website for the benefit of those whose first language is BSL. 
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of brownfield sites are on (a) contaminated and (b) recently decontaminated land in (i) England and (ii) East Anglia. 
Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the objectives of energy performance certificates are with regard to the reduction of (a) carbon emissions and (b) fuel costs. 
Yvette Cooper: Energy performance certificates will give people energy ratings and recommend measures to make improvements to the energy performance of buildings, helping them to reduce fuel bills and cut carbon emissions.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which EU directive requires UK homes to have an energy performance certificate; and what its implementation date is. 
Yvette Cooper: The directive that requires UK homes (and indeed other buildings) to have an Energy Performance Certificate is Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings. The implementation date was January 2006. However the directive allows an additional period of up to three years to apply fully the requirements for Energy Performance Certificates where there is a shortage of trained and/or accredited assessors.
Mr. Curry: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she intends to require a single enforcing authority for fire safety in residential accommodation under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. 
Angela E. Smith: Premises occupied as a private dwelling are not covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and so residential accommodation is not covered unless that accommodation is a workplace. Fire and rescue authorities are the enforcing authority for premises which do not fall within any of the exceptions in article 25 (b)-(e) of the 2005 Order 2005.
The Department worked closely with the Local Government Association to establish voluntary Regional Management Boards (RMBs) in all English Regions outside London. All were constituted as joint committees under Section 102 (l)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972. Under Section 15 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, a Fire and Rescue Authoritys appointments to a joint committee must reflect an Authoritys political balance where each constituent authority appoints three or more members to the RMB.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the introduction of home information packs on the stability of the housing market. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the research which her Department or its predecessor has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken into the effect of introducing home information packs on the economy. 
Yvette Cooper: Communities and Local Government commissioned Europe Economics to carry out independent research into the potential impact of introducing home information packs on the housing market. The results of the research will be published in due course.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors were taken into account when deciding whether to undertake a public consultation exercise in relation to the new plans to introduce home information packs on 1 August only for homes with four or more bedrooms. 
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