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Estimates from the Survey of English Housing for the number of private tenancies in the north east and England are given in the following table. Due to small annual sample sizes, these estimates are based on a two year rolling sample.
|Number of private tenancies|
|Period( 1)||North E ast||England|
|(1) Due to small sample sizes, a two-year rolling sample is used. Source: Survey of English Housing.|
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what restrictions are imposed on annual increases in service charges charged to domestic tenants by local authorities; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Local authorities are free to decide their own levels of service charge increases, as service charges are a matter for the local authority in its capacity as landlord and are dictated by local conditions.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been distributed by the Thames Gateway initiative (a) in total and (b) to Castle Point constituency in each of the last five years; and to what uses the sums distributed to Castle Point have been put. 
Caroline Flint: The capital amounts distributed by ODPM/CLG to the Thames Gateway area in total and to the Castle Point constituency area in each of the last five years are shown in the table. The accountable body for Canvey Island Development Framework and waterfront enhancements was the East of England Development Agency and for the Canvey Wick Biodiversity Reserve Planning, the Land Restoration Trust.
|Thames Gateway (£ million)||Castle Point (£)||Castle Point projects|
John McDonnell: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the document retention policy of the Commission is regarding original donation returns; what that policy was before 2004; and whether the Commission has destroyed any such returns. [Official Report, 3 July 2008, Vol. 478, c. 8MC.] 
Sir Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it retains all documents which it considers to be required for its current or future business needs. In July 2005 the Commission ordered the destruction of original hard copy donation returns from political parties from 2001 to 2003. The Commission does not plan to destroy any other donation returns in the future. The Commission has retained all original hard copy donation returns from political parties from 2004 onwards and original hard copies of donation returns from regulated donees from 2001 onwards.
Mr. Fabian Hamilton: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many donations to regulated donees were notified to the Commission in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004. 
Sir Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it does not keep this information in the form requested. However, it has been notified of 133 donations accepted by regulated donees in 2003 and 151 donations accepted by regulated donees in 2004.
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average (a) pupil to teacher and (b) pupil to adult ratio at key stage 3 was in secondary schools in (i) Cleethorpes constituency, (ii) North East Lincolnshire local education authority and (iii) North Lincolnshire local education authority in the most recent period for which figures are available; 
(2) what the average (a) pupil to teacher and (b) pupil to adult ratio at key stage 1 was in maintained primary schools in each year since 1997 in (i) Cleethorpes constituency, (ii) North East Lincolnshire local education authority and (iii) North Lincolnshire local education authority. 
Primary and secondary within school pupil teacher ratios in local authority maintained schools are readily available. Figures for Cleethorpes constituency, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire local authorities and England for each year requested are provided in the following table:
|Primary and secondary within school pupil teacher ratios( 1) in local authority maintained schools, Cleethorpes constituency, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire LA's and England, 1997 to 2007|
|Cleethorpes constituency||North East Lincolnshire LA||North Lincolnshire LA||England|
|(1) The within school PTR is calculated by dividing the total FTE number of pupils on role in schools by the total FTE number of qualified teachers regularly employed in schools. Source: School Census.|
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will instruct the Learning and Skills Council to reconsider the need for a transitional year for the new post-16 funding arrangements. 
Jim Knight: We are continuing to work closely with all our partners and stakeholders to manage the transition to the new post-18 funding arrangements. As set out in the White Paper, Raising Expectations: Enabling the System to Deliver, as we develop our implementation and delivery plans, a critical part of this process will be ensuring that the Learning and Skills Council and local authorities work closely together in the years before the formal transfer occurs. We are confident that these transitional arrangements will help to enable local authorities to effectively develop their capability and capacity to discharge their new role.
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to respond to the letter of 30 April 2008 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on student finance applications. 
I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in replying to his letter. However, the original letter, addressed to another Department was not received in my Department. A copy of the letter has now been obtained, and a reply to the hon. Member was sent on 16 June.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Isle of Wight Council on levels of funding for the Primary Capital Programme beyond 2011. 
Jim Knight: None. All local authorities have been advised that, subject to future Government spending decisions, the national programme is expected to continue until 2022-23 at a baseline of £500 million per annum. Decisions have yet to be taken on allocations for individual local authorities beyond 2010-11. However, we have advised LAs to plan on the assumption that there will be no increase.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many offences involving (a) firearms, (b) knives and (c) other offensive weapons were recorded on school premises in each of the last five years, broken down by region. 
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