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Iraq

Dr. Fox: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many civil servants from his Department served in (a) Basra, (b) Baghdad and (c) other locations in Iraq in each month since January 2005. [226988]

Mr. McFadden: The Department does not keep a record of how many staff have served or where they are stationed. BERR staff in the reserve forces are granted special unpaid leave when they are mobilised. They are not obliged to inform the Department of where they are being stationed as this would be a matter for the MOD.

Non-profit Making Associations

John Battle: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many social enterprises there are in the UK in each sector; [233112]

(2) how many social enterprises there are in (a) Yorkshire and Humberside, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) Leeds West constituency, broken down by sector. [233113]


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Kevin Brennan: I have been asked to reply.

The most recent figures suggest there are at least 55,000 social enterprises in the UK. However, social enterprises are not defined by particular legal forms and as a result are not required to register with any one body. Information on the number of social enterprises in the UK in each sector or a particular area is therefore unavailable.

Radioactive Materials: Waste Disposal

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent to date from the public purse on the nuclear decommissioning and radioactive remediation programme; what proportion of this expenditure has been on (a) civilian nuclear sites, (b) military nuclear sites and (c) mixed civilian and military nuclear sites; and what his estimate is of the total cost of the programme expressed in 2008 prices. [229841]

Ian Pearson: Since its inception in April 2005, the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) has spent a total of £7.8 billion, of which £4.6 billion has been applied to nuclear decommissioning and radioactive remediation, and which has therefore reduced the nuclear liability. In the same period the NDA's commercial income was £4.0 billion and commercial and administration costs £3.2 billion.

Decommissioning military nuclear sites is a matter for the Ministry of Defence.

Tobacco

David Taylor: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings (a) the Secretary of State, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials in his Department had on the future of tobacco sales regulation with tobacco (i) retail businesses and (ii) manufacturers between September 2007 and August 2008. [228440]

Ian Pearson [holding answer 20 October 2008]: While there were no meetings with BERR Ministers during the period in question, we have identified 12 meetings between BERR officials and either tobacco manufacturers or representatives of small tobacco retailers, at five of which tobacco sales regulation was discussed. However there may have been other meetings with officials and to identify them all would incur disproportionate cost as this information is not held centrally. In addition, the Department has regular contact with retailers (some of which sell tobacco products), on a variety of business issues.

Communities and Local Government

Council Housing

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department has gathered for the purposes of benchmarking on (a) the number of local authorities in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern
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Ireland which built council houses in 2007 and (b) the number of houses completed in each authority. [232769]

Margaret Beckett: Statistics on local authority house building in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are the respective responsibility of Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

Fire Services

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent consideration she has given to proposals to establish a regional fire control centre for the East of England; and if she will make a statement. [233937]

Mr. Khan: A regional fire control centre for the East of England has been built as part of the FiReControl project, which will deliver a fully integrated national network of nine Regional Control Centres (RCC). The RCCs will greatly increase the resilience of the fire and rescue service and in particular will enable it to respond more effectively to major national emergencies—for example terrorist attacks; or floods.

The benefits of the FiReControl project for the region are set out in “The FiReControl Business Case Part 1: the Regional Case for the East of England”, which was published on 8 July 2008 copies of which have been placed in the House Library. This can also be found at on the Department’s website at:

Home Information Packs: Finance

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department has budgeted for supporting home information packs in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. [233265]

Margaret Beckett [holding answer 4 November 2008]: Programme resources allocated to support the implementation of home information packs over the current spending review period are : £1.0 million in 2008-09; £0.5 million in 2009-10; and £0.5 million in 2010-11.

Housing: Teachers

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department plans to spend on (a) Homebuy and (b) Key Worker Living for school teachers in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement. [233122]

Margaret Beckett: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Julia Goldsworthy) on 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 951W.


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Land Use: Quarrying

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether disused and reclaimed limestone quarries in spatial strategy growth areas would be considered a suitable site for new homes; and if she will make a statement. [233573]

Margaret Beckett: At the regional level, the regional spatial strategy should identify broad strategic locations for new housing developments so that the need and demand for housing can be addressed in a way that reflects sustainable development principles.

At the local level, it is the responsibility of local planning authorities preparing local development documents to set out a strategy for the planned location of new housing which contributes to the achievement of sustainable development.

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether disused limestone quarries are classified as brownfield sites. [233574]

Margaret Beckett: The definition of previously-developed land (often referred to as brownfield land) set out in Planning Policy Statement 3, Annex B, excludes land that has been developed for minerals extraction where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures.

Local Authorities: Bank Services

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have funds deposited with Landsbanki; and how much is deposited in each case. [232568]

John Healey: The Local Government Association (LGA) reported on 17 October that 123 authorities have deposited £919.6 million in Icelandic banks and their UK licensed subsidiaries; and it has published a full list of 104 LGA member councils that have told the association that they have deposits in these banks. This is available on the LGA website at:

The LGA's analysis of the information that they collected from authorities is that £347.3 million of this total amount was deposited in Landsbanki. The authorities that the LGA have said have deposits in Landsbanki are as follows, but they have not disclosed the amounts held by each authority.


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Local Government: Cheshire

Mr. Timpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of progress in the formation of the Cheshire East unitary authority. [233941]

John Healey: I have recently completed a series of visits to all restructuring areas, including a visit to Cheshire East on 2 October. In addition, officials from my Department report to me following the regular monthly meetings that they conduct with the council chief executives and leading officers responsible for implementation of the unitary structures, including those of Cheshire East.

The information points to Cheshire East being on track to deliver an effective unitary council, including the savings envisaged in their original bid.


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