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Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the population of Herefordshire that are aged 65 years and over, in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking the estimate has been made of the population of Herefordshire aged 65 years and over in each year since 1997. (170881)
Table 1 shows the population aged 65 and over for Herefordshire for the years requested.
The latest population estimates available are for mid-2006.
|Table 1: Population aged 65 and over for Herefordshire|
Data are rounded to the nearest 1,000.
Office for National Statistics.
Mr. Dhanda: The following table shows the average response times taken by the fire and rescue services in Hampshire between 1997 and 2005, the most recent calendar year for which data are available. The table shows the time from the initial call to attendance, and the time from mobilisation to attendance (i.e. the actual driving time).
|Average response time to fires by brigade area and year of call, Hampshire, 1997 to 2005( 1,2,3)|
|First call to attendance||Mobilisation to attendance|
|(1) Excluding late call and heat and smoke damage only incidents.|
(2) Excluding incidents not recorded during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.
(3) A small number of incidents with response time greater than an hour have been excluded so that results are not skewed by likely reporting errors.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what she expects the (a) purpose, (b) function and (c) annual cost of the proposed empowerment champions to be. 
John Healey: Eighteen local authorities are members of the network of empowerment champions. Their purpose is to promote effective empowerment practices so that they are more widely adopted. The function of the network is to achieve this by identifying effective practices, publicising them, and increasing their adoption through a peer learning programme. It will also enable network members to contribute to national learning from their experience. The networks activities will be supported by up to £500,000 a year.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty properties there have been in each local authority area in the East of England in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty domestic properties there were in each local authority area in England for the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Iain Wright: A table showing the number of vacant dwellings as reported by each local authority in England, at October 2006, has been placed in the Library of the House. The total vacancies and those vacant for longer than six months are presented. Figures are as reported by local authorities through the Council Tax Base (CTB1) form.
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the vacancy rate was of (a) homes, (b) social rented homes and (c) commercial properties in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Vacancy rates for (a) all dwellings and (b) social rent dwellings for each London borough since 1997 are presented in the following table. Vacancy rates include long-term vacancies (those empty for more than six months) and short-term vacancies.
|Vacancy rates of social rent housing (local authority plus registered social landlords) for London boroughs, 1997 to 2006|
|n/a = data not available|
Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix as reported by local authorities as at 1 April
Regulatory Statistical Return from the Housing Corporation as at 31 March
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