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Rental Rights: Leasehold

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide leaseholders whose freehold landlord is a public authority with the same leasehold rights as those with private sector landlords. [192400]

Mr. Iain Wright: Leaseholders have a wide range of rights and protections that have been developed over the last 40 years. Significant improvements have been made to these rights through the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. The majority of the rights and protections apply equally to leaseholders with social sector landlords as to those with private sector landlords. However, there are some necessary exceptions and variations.

Social sector landlords are primarily responsible for the provision of social housing. Their systems and arrangements are set up in order to achieve this and to comply with specific legislation in that regard, while recognising their obligations to leaseholders. This is one of the many factors that need to be taken into account when considering how best to frame leaseholder rights so that they can effectively deliver the benefits intended to all concerned. This can mean that it will not always be appropriate or helpful to make identical provisions for social sector and private sector leaseholders in order to provide them with similar rights and protections.

Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee: Public Appointments

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what process is followed for the appointment of members of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee; and what criteria are used to appoint members. [193367]

Caroline Flint: The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee currently consists of nine members. Seven of those members are members of the corporation's board, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. They were appointed to the planning committee by the chairman of the corporation.

Two members of the planning committee are co-opted and are not members of the corporation's board. They were appointed by the chairman of the board with the consent of the Secretary of State, following an appointment process involving advertising the position, short listing and interviews.

The criteria used for the interviews were:

Working Neighbourhoods Fund

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, which local
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authorities which were in receipt of (a) either Deprived Areas Funding or Neighbourhood Renewal Funding and (b) both types of funding will receive Working Neighbourhood Funding but at a lower cash level per year. [189402]

John Healey: The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund was set up as a time limited fund and was provided to deliver a different set of objectives from those to be delivered by the new Working Neighbourhoods Fund. The following list of local authorities were in receipt of either Deprived Areas Funding or Neighbourhood Renewal Funding or both types of funding, and will receive Working Neighbourhoods Fund at a lower cash level in 2008-09 than their 2007-08 allocation.


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Working Neighbourhoods Fund: Leeds

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will meet hon. Members representing constituencies in the Leeds city council area to discuss working neighbourhood funding allocations for 2008-09; and if she will make a statement. [191131]

John Healey: I have already discussed the matter with hon. Members representing constituencies in the Leeds city council area and offered to meet them to discuss both the working neighbourhoods fund methodology and how the funding going into Leeds in the next three years can be used to improve jobs and skills opportunities for people living in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the city.

Duchy of Lancaster

Civil Service Appeal Board

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of appeals by employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were (i) heard and (ii) upheld by the civil service appeal board in each of the last 10 years; how much was awarded in compensation by the board to each successful appellant in each year; what the reason was for each compensation award; how many appellants were reinstated by the board in each year; and what the reason was for each (A) dismissal and (B) reinstatement. [192518]

Mr. Watson: Statistics on numbers of appeals heard in individual Departments and agencies for each of the last 10 years can be found in appendix 2 of each of the civil service appeal board's annual reports. These are available on the board's website at:

Copies are also available in the Library of the House.

The Cabinet Office does not centrally record information on appeal cases, and so the information requested on the outcome of the appeal, compensation awards or cases of reinstatement could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Official Residences

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what guidance has been issued on the use of official residences by former Ministers of the Crown; and what liability such individuals have for meeting associated costs; [193174]

(2) what guidance his Department has issued on the council tax liabilities of Ministers in official residences in the last 12 months. [193176]

Mr. Watson [holding answer 10 March 2008]: The ministerial code provides guidance on the use of official residences. Arrangements are in place to ensure that Ministers who are allocated official residences are provided with guidance on their council tax liability. In addition, Ministers who are allocated official residences pay tax on ancillary services associated with
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the residences, which are provided for use in the private part of the accommodation and which constitute a taxable benefit in kind.

Departmental Official Visits

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) the Prime Minister and (b) (i) civil servants and (ii) special advisers in the Prime Minister’s Office staying overnight in (A) mainland Great Britain, (B) Northern Ireland, (C) the Republic of Ireland and (D) other countries in the last 12 months. [193541]

Mr. Watson: The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

The information requested is not held centrally and is therefore available only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Older Workers

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people over the age of 55 have been recruited by the Cabinet Office in each of the last three years. [191527]

Mr. Watson: The numbers of staff, over the age of 55, that have been recruited by the Cabinet Office in each of the last three financial years are as follows:

Financial year Number of staff

2007-08

10

2006-07

9

2005-06

6


Departmental Pensions

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of staff in his Department were making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions in each of the last two years. [193558]

Mr. Watson: In the Cabinet Office, 138 members of staff (9 per cent. of the total number of staff on the Cabinet Office payroll) were making additional voluntary pension contributions through deductions from their pay in February 2007. This has increased to 176 members of staff (13 per cent. of the total number of staff on the Cabinet Office payroll) who were making additional voluntary pension contributions through deductions from their pay in February 2008.

Fairtrade Initiative

Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his Department's policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official departmental functions and meetings; and if he will make a statement. [183875]

Mr. Watson: We have no specific policy on purchasing fairtrade products. However, we actively encourage our total facilities management provider to purchase fairtrade products for all retail sale and hospitality purposes, where commercially and practically viable.


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Industrial Health and Safety

Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many reports of incidents involving those working in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) 10 Downing street were made under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08 to date. [191081]

Mr. Watson: The information requested is as follows.

Cabinet Office 10 Downing street

April 2005 to March 2006

5

0

April 2006 to March 2007

1

1

April 2007 to date

1

0


This information is provided on a financial year, i.e. April to March, and not on a calendar basis, i.e. January to December.

Joint Ministerial Committee on Devolution

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Joint Ministerial Committee on Devolution last met; and if he will make a statement. [193968]

Edward Miliband: In 2001, the UK Government and the three devolved administrations agreed to participate in a Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) consisting of UK Government, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Ministers.

It is established practice not to disclose the details, including the dates, of Cabinet Committees.

Official Residences: Admiralty House

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) who occupies, or was the most recent occupier of, each official ministerial residence in Admiralty House; [189521]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 246W, on Admiralty House, which Minister occupies or last occupied the flat with one or two bedrooms; and which Ministers occupy or last occupied the two flats with three or four bedrooms; [189577]

(3) pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 25 October 2007, Official Report, column 490W, on Official Residences: Admiralty House, what the floor area is of each of the three ministerial flats in Admiralty House; and what the current or most recent occupier is of each. [189578]

Mr. Watson: One flat in Admiralty House is currently occupied. My right hon. Friend Lord Malloch-Brown occupies the flat which has three or four bedrooms depending on the configuration adopted. The other two flats are currently unoccupied. The last occupants of the flats were my right hon. Friend the former Lord Chancellor (Lord Falconer), who used the flat with one or two bedrooms depending on the configuration adopted, for official entertaining and other engagements, and my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield (Mr. Hoon)
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who used the flat with three or four bedrooms depending on the configuration adopted. The floor areas of the flats are 293 sq m, 325 sq m and 241 sq m respectively.


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