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Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless (a) children and (b) adults are in temporary accommodation in (i) Birmingham Hall Green constituency and (ii) Birmingham City Council area. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Information about English local authorities actions under the homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level, about households rather than individuals. Information is not collected at constituency level. Therefore, data are provided at the Birmingham city council area, but not for the Hall Green constituency. Data collected include the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty (to secure that suitable accommodation is available). If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.
Information on the numbers of households housed in temporary accommodation is reported quarterly by local authorities as at the last day of each quarter. The figures include: those households which have been accepted as owed the main homelessness duty; those for which inquiries are pending; those being accommodated for a limited period because they have been found intentionally homeless and in priority need; those being accommodated pending possible referral to another authority, and those being accommodated pending the outcome of a local authority review or county court appeal.
The number of dependent children (or expected children) in these households is also collected, but data on the number of adults are not. There were 452 households in temporary accommodation on the 31 December 2008, reported by Birmingham city council, of which 362 were households with dependent (and expected) children and in total 1,068 children (and expected children) within these households.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, columns 973-74W, on housing: crime prevention, for what reasons there are no plans to include measures to make buildings more resistant to crime in the next revision of the Building Regulations. 
Mr. Iain Wright: In 2007, security measures were included in the Code for Sustainable Homes. We are currently monitoring the effectiveness of the code in driving up security standards in homes and are continuing discussions with other Government Departments and other stakeholders to ensure we identify the most effective way to make new buildings more resistant to crime. Any proposals to change building regulations would need to be considered by the Building Regulations Advisory Committee in due course and would be subject to public consultation once proposals have become sufficiently developed.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether members of local authority independent remuneration panels are required to be resident in the local authority area. 
John Healey: While there are no specific requirements about residency of remuneration panel members, the statutory guidance issued under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, to which local authorities must have regard, provides that the members of a councils remuneration panel should be truly independent, well qualified to discharge the functions of the panel and representative of the diversity of the communities in the local authoritys area.
John Healey: The Equality Standard for Local Government was developed by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) together with the three Equality Commissions with input from the Audit Commission. A new Equality Standard for Local Government was published recently.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding regional improvement and efficiency partnerships have allocated to the development of the Equality Standard for Local Government in the last 12 months. 
John Healey: The Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) are devolved partnerships of councils and other local services. Information on funding allocations to the development strategy for local government is not held centrally.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on the (a) top, (b) median and (c) average salary of chief executives in (i) county and (ii) district councils in England. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to her Departments National Indicators for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships: Handbook of Definition, what recent discussions Government Offices for the Regions have had with local authorities on meeting National Indicator 14 on reducing avoidable contact. 
Mr. Khan: Recent discussions between Government offices for the regions and local areas on specific national indicators have focused on those indicators that feature as targets in individual local area agreements (LAA). There are no targets against national indicator 14 in any LAA and therefore it has not been the focus of such discussions. Performance against all national indicators will be reported later this year through the comprehensive area assessment led by the independent inspectorates.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the number of firms eligible for transitional rate relief in each year of the 2005 to 2010 business rates rating cycle. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of which Government Office regions (a) her Department and (b) the relevant Government Office has been notified that the regional assembly is to be replaced by a Leaders' Board; and what the name and address of each such board will be. 
These new bodies, or committees connected to them, will be recognised as the Regional Planning Body as an interim arrangement until commencement of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill when Local Authority Leaders' Boards following consultation by participating authorities on a scheme will be approved by the Secretary of State.
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Mr. Khan: Our intention to publish the regional spatial strategy for the South East remains as stated to the hon. Member, in the answers given on 10 February 2009, Official Report, column 1843W, and 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 124W, that is publication in the spring.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 79W, on the Tenant Services Authority, (1) how many people attended each regional National Conversation event for tenants; 
Mr. Iain Wright: The primary objective of the TSA is championing the needs and aspirations of tenants, developing a genuinely tenant focused regulatory regime. From January to March 2009, the TSA used a number of techniques to find out what tenants thought about their landlords and their services.
This was called the National Conversation and consisted of regional events organised by the TSA; local conversations organised by tenants/landlords; a campervan that captured tenants views by video clip; questionnaires; and online forums.
Invitations were not disseminated by region. Peter Marsh, TSA chief executive, wrote to all landlords (with stock holdings of more than 250 units) inviting them to participate in the regional National Conversation events. The total number of letters sent was 1,144.
With regards to the number of attendees, I refer the hon. Member to the reply by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing (Margaret Beckett) to my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, South (Margaret Moran) on 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 79W.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects her Department to have completed its collection of data on social lets to foreign nationals; and when she plans to publish the data. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Data on social lets are collected through the Continuous Recording of Lettings (CORE) on behalf of the Tenant Services Authority and Communities and Local Government. Tables giving estimates for 2007-08, adjusted for missing local authority data, will be published shortly. These will include information on social lets to foreign nationals.
Barbara Follett [holding answer 20 April 2009]: In common with other national museums, the Science Museum already has a high level of operational independence from Government, with its own director, management board and board of trustees. The museum has also established a trading company which allows it to operate on a more commercial basis. We have regular dialogue with the museum on a range of issues, including how we can continue to find more flexible ways of working, while maintaining appropriate good practice for a body in receipt of Government funding.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to address the effect on levels of carbon dioxide emissions from his Department of its ICT purchases since the publication of the Greening Government ICT Strategy; and if he will make a statement. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average server capacity utilisation by each division of his Department was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: It is not possible to provide this information save at disproportionate cost. As part of the Department's Green ICT Strategy we are setting a baseline expectation for server capacity utilization in line with industry best practice.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) printers and (b) multi-function devices with printing functions were in use in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; how many such devices had a function enabling two-sided printing; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department has 15 printers of which five have a function allowing two-sided printing and 30 multifunctional devices all of which have the function. Two-sided printing is set as a default for the multifunctional devices.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate has been made of the proportion of personal computers in each of his Department's offices that are turned off (a) overnight, (b) at weekends and (c) during holiday periods; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: My Department does not record this information. Its policy has been that all PCs are turned off at the end of each working day. My Department has led the cross-government procurement of an automated solution to ensure that all PCs are automatically turned off overnight, at weekends and over holidays.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of IT products in each category procured for each division of his Department were compliant with the Government's Buy Sustainable-Quick Win standard in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
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