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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for treatment for patients diagnosed with myasthenia gravis was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts include on surgery consent forms an option for patients to consent to the storage and use of their tissue for research purposes. 
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what budget has been allocated to Sir John Chadwick's office for its review of the payment of compensation to Equitable Life policy-holders; 
Ian Pearson: The Government are committed to giving Sir John Chadwick all the support he needs. He is currently assisted by a core team of three staff in his office: counsel, private secretary and administrative support, and his team will be joined shortly by professional actuarial advisers. The Treasury keeps Sir Johns resource requirements under review and will fund any additional staff for his office he believes necessary to meet his terms of reference in a timely way.
No agency was used. Sir John is responsible for recruiting his staff and services, using a competitive procurement process to buy the services. The salaries of each member of the team constitute personal data and release of this data would breach the Data Protection Act 1998 as it would disclose personal financial information without public interest justification.
Ian Pearson: It is not possible to provide a consistent series for the official reserves before 1999, given changes in accounting methodology. Back data for the UK's official reserves prior to 1999 can be found on the ONS publication, Economic Trends Annual Supplement No. 32 2006 edition.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many responses his Department received to its consultation on regulation of the sale and rent back market; and by what date he expects to determine steps to be taken as a result of that consultation; 
Ian Pearson: On 2 June 2009, the Government laid before Parliament secondary legislation to extend the scope of Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulation to include sale and rent back agreements, and published, Regulating the sale and rent back market: summary of responses to consultation, available at:
Mr. Timms: Correspondence received by HM Revenue and Customs on paper is manually stamped with the date the letter was received and the name of the receiving office. For correspondence which is scanned the date of receipt is recorded electronically. E-mails and faxes have the date of receipt automatically recorded.
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have no right of forced entry for debt recovery work without a court order. HMRCs current small scale six month pilot to test the use of private debt collection agencies does not involve face to face contact or visits to home or business premises.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse (a) in total and (b) per £1,000 of revenue collected was of the administration of (i) value added tax, (ii) income tax and (iii) tax revenue raised by local authorities. 
|(a) Total cost of administration 2007-08 (£000)||(b) Cost per thousand of revenue collected 2007-08 (£)|
|(1) Information relates to England only, and can be found in the Local Government Financial Statistics volume 19, at:|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to encourage the development of more allotments; what guidance she has provided to local authorities on this issue; and what research her Department has undertaken into the potential contribution of allotments to local food chains and sustainable community agriculture. 
John Healey: At a meeting between my noble Friend Baroness Andrews and allotment policy stakeholders on 20 February 2009, it was agreed that the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens should be commissioned to update the Local Government Association (LGA) publication Growing in the Community and that this should be made available online, to ensure that it reaches a wider audience. Growing in the Community is a good practice guide for local authority allotment officers, which assists them in their statutory duty to provide allotments. A free copy was sent to all local authorities following its revision in March 2008 and it is available on request from the LGA.
In respect of research into the potential contribution of allotments, my officials have started discussions with DEFRA about jointly commissioning research to identify and collect evidence on how communities can be engaged and empowered to realise the benefits of urban green spaces (including allotments), which align with key Government priorities.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many films her Department has produced in (a) video, (b) DVD and (c) digital formats in the last 12 months; and what the (i) title and (ii) purpose was of each film. 
Mr. Khan: The Department does not maintain a central record of films produced. A range of short films produced in digital format during the period specified have been published on the Departments YouTube channel at:
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legal costs were incurred in the Court of Appeal by (a) her Department, (b) the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and (c) the Board of Medical Referees in defending the appeals brought by Martin Marrion, Neil Burke and Andrew Scott, case number C1/2008/1332. 
Mr. Khan: The legal costs incurred by the Department amounted to £43,930. These included the cost of representing the Board of Medical Referees. Any costs incurred by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority are a matter for the authority.
Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by her Department on advertising in weekly and regional newspapers in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Khan: The Department buys advertising space via the central contracts operated by the Central Office of Information. They have confirmed that the Department spent £405,165 in total on regional press advertising through the COI last year, £1,184,904 in total in 2007-08 and £646,826 in total in 2006-07.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many editions of her Departments We Can publication have been produced; to whom her Department distributes that publication; and how many copies have been distributed in each of the last four quarters; 
(2) how many staff were employed to produce her Departments We Can publication; what the job title is of each such member of staff; and how much has been spent on staff salaries for those staff in each of the last three years; 
(3) how many copies of each edition of her Departments We Can publication have been printed; and what the cost of (a) publishing and (b) printing the publication has been in each of the last three years; 
(4) what budget has been allocated to her Departments Local Democracy and Participation Directorate for production of the We Can document in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Khan: In the last four quarters we have produced three editions of WeCan! The publication is distributed to 1,350 subscribers comprising local authorities (county, district and parish levels), third sector and voluntary organisations, Government Departments, housing, police and health organisations and tenant associations, think tanks, charities, minority representative groups, university departments, NHS trusts and community groups. In each quarter 1,350 print copies were distributed to subscribers with the remainder provided for internal staff, partner organisations and for distribution at conferences and events.
In 2006-07 three editions were produced and 2,000 copies were printed per edition. In 2007-08 two editions were produced and 3,000 copies were printed for each edition and in 2008-09 three editions were produced and 3,000 copies were printed for each edition. The total publishing and printing costs for these were £21,000 in 2006-07, £17,000 in 2007-08 and £38,000 in 2008-09.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many breaches of security have been reported at (a) the Fire Service College, (b) Ordnance Survey, (c) the Planning Inspectorate and (d) the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in the last five years; and what procedures each agency follows when a breach of security involves the disclosure of personal data. 
The Department and its agencies report all significant personal data security breaches to the Cabinet Office and the Information Commissioners Office. Information on personal data security breaches is published on an annual basis in the Departments annual resources accounts as was announced in the data handling review published on 25 June 2008.
Additionally, all significant control weaknesses including other significant security breaches are included in the statement of internal control which is published within the annual resource accounts.
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