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If a household moved into a lower band before the 8 October 2007, then this will be reflected in the tax base figures for the local authority that were used in the current tax base calculations. If a change in tax band has occurred since this date, then this will not be reflected until the 2011-12 settlement when the data are next updated.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many laptop computers issued to staff of his Department in each of the last five years were issued to (a) new staff and (b) existing staff following the (i) loss or (ii) theft of a previous device. 
Barbara Follett: Communities and Local Government does not record centrally whether or not laptop computers were specifically issued to new or existing staff, or if they are issued as replacements for lost/stolen devices. Such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
All departmental laptops have hard drive encryption deployed and require two factor authentication to access the CLG corporate network. CLG staff are required to complete information assurance training in line with cross government requirements.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate has been made of the annual cost to his Department of maintaining and updating its Twitter account; and how many staff are responsible for updating the account. 
Barbara Follett: The corporate Twitter account is maintained as part of the routine business of the Department's web team alongside other social media channels. The pay cost has not been disaggregated.
Barbara Follett: The Department currently employs two full-time speechwriters on permanent contracts. In addition, a third permanently contracted speechwriter is shared between and co-funded by Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in each division of his Department received bonus payments in the last year for which figures are available. 
Barbara Follett: Information is not stored on our systems in a way that will allow us to provide this information by division. However, the following table shows the number of staff in CLG who received bonus payments in 2008:
|Category of employee||Scheme||Number of employees (approx)||Number of employees who received awards in 2008|
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister in his Department has been assigned responsibility for overseeing the delivery of value for money in his Department; whether his Department has established a public sector reform team to implement service reforms; and if he will make a statement. 
Barbara Follett: I am the value for money Minister for this Department. The Department is committed to reforming public services to improve services for the citizen; various teams are working closely with colleagues in the centre of Government on this important agenda. We have not needed to establish a specific public sector reform team.
John Healey: It is not possible to cost the Department's spend on the production of the "Planning Policy Statement: eco-towns" (PPS), as the PPS has been developed as part of the Eco-towns programme and alongside our housing policies.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations his Department and its predecessor have received from civil liberties groups on empty dwelling management orders. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will initiate an independent review of the use of empty dwelling management order powers by local authorities. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of (a) owner-occupied, (b) privately rented and (c) social rented homes which have been issued with energy performance certificates. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (a) how many and (b) what percentage of (i) local authority and (ii) registered social landlord homes have been issued with energy performance certificates. 
John Healey: The National Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Register records whether the properties to which EPCs relate are in the social rented sector but does not record information about whether those properties are owned by either local authorities or registered social landlords.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) permits, (b) risk assessments and (c) licences required from local authorities in order to operate a fete. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his planned changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme will include changes to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme. 
Barbara Follett: Within the Government's overall policies for public service pension schemes, separate regulations govern the administration of the Local Government Pension Scheme and the Firefighters' Pension Schemes.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date his Department received the Homes and Communities Agency's most recent (a) annual report and (b) corporate plan; and on what date a Minister in his Department approved the publication of each. 
There were a number of iterations of the HCA's Corporate Plan, reflecting the additional funding allocated to the Agency announced in Budget 2009, and "Building Britain's Future". The Plan was published on 25 September, and can be found on the Agency's website at:
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses have been built in each county in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of these houses have been affordable. 
Mr. Ian Austin: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 8 May 2009, Official Report, column 450W, for figures showing new affordable homes built as a proportion of all homes built. This shows estimates at regional level; equivalent estimates at county level could only be produced at disproportionate cost.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much he expects the Homes and Communities Agency to reclaim from registered social landlords under the Recycled Capital Grant Receipts Programme in each of the next three years; 
(2) what the total level of (a) expired and (b) current Recycled Capital Grant Receipts Programme funding unclaimed by the Homes and Communities Agency was in (i) each of the last 12 quarters and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available; 
John Healey: The following table shows the amount held in the Recycled Capital Grant Fund at the end of the last three financial years and the total the amount which had been held for over three years. Figures are only available by year.
|As at 31 March:||RCGF closing balance||Of which: Over three years old|
|(1) Figures for year ending 31 March 2009 are provisional.|
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