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These figures reflect the sales of local authority properties through the right to buy scheme in the 178 local authorities defined as rural by the Defra rural definition (2004).

The figures are from quarterly P1B returns from local authorities to CLG. Number of sales and financial data from 2005-06 onwards include imputation for a small number of missing returns. Prior to this, the figures on average discounts, average market values, and discount as a percentage of market value in rural areas are based on the reported figures, and do not include imputation for missing returns. Financial details on right to buy sales are not available prior to 1998-99.


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Right to buy and preserved right to buy sales can also be made by registered social landlords (RSLs). Data on RSL RTB sales are collected by the Tenant Services Authority (TSA), but these figures are not available by the spatial level required to provide estimates of RTB sales in rural areas. Typically LA sales make up around 80 per cent. of total RTB sales in England.

Cabinet Office

Cinemas: Closures

Mr. Moss: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many cinemas have closed in (a) England and (b) North East Cambridgeshire since 1 January 2008. [303714]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

Counts of deaths of enterprises for 2008

England North East Cambridgeshire

5914

Motion picture projection activities

25

0


Death

Mr. Crausby: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average age of mortality was (a) in 1996 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available. [304530]

Ms Butler: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

Departmental Energy

Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the energy (a) rating and (b) band of each building occupied by her Department and its agency was in each of the last three years; [302939]


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(2) what the (a) energy rating and (b) energy band of each building occupied by her Department and its agencies was in each year for which figures are available. [305969]

Angela E. Smith: OGC publish central Government Departments' Display Energy Certificate (DEC) operational ratings on a building by building level twice a year. The most recent data, published on 31 July 2009, contains DEC data up to and including 28 February. Data relating to the month ending 30 September will be published on 18 December. More information on this can be found on the appropriate website

The table OGC is publishing will also include DEC reference numbers for each building, which can be used to view each building's advisory report on the following website:

The answer is also included in the tables:

2007-08
Building Rating Score

9 Whitehall

E

118

22 Whitehall

D

87

26 Whitehall

E

112

36 Whitehall

D

88

70 Whitehall

E

122

35 Great Smith Street

F

137

67 Tufton Street

E

120

Admiralty Arch

E

110

Admiralty House

E

110

Downing Street

D

76

Central Office of Information

G

206

Emergency Planning College (Main)

C

74

Emergency Planning College (Accommodation Block)

C

67


Building Rating Score
2008-09

9 Whitehall

E

125

22 Whitehall

E

118

26 Whitehall

E

121

36 Whitehall

D

84

70 Whitehall

E

111

35 Great Smith Street

F

133

67 Tufton Street

G

190

Admiralty Arch

E

119

Admiralty House

F

135

Downing Street

E

101

Central Office of Information

G

223

Emergency Planning College (Main)

D

83

Emergency Planning College (Accommodation Block)

C

65


There are a number of factors that account for the increase in DEC ratings to the Cabinet Office buildings. The most significant factor being that currently many staff are working longer hours and at weekends. The increased intensity of use is not considered when evaluating DECs.


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The Cabinet Office central London estate has applied and been accepted for a grant of £681,000.00 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Low Carbon Technology Scheme to undertake a number of carbon saving initiatives.

Drinking Water

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the policy is of (a) her Department, (b) its agency and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on the provision of bottled water for official meetings. [305235]

Angela E. Smith: The policy for the Cabinet Office is to use tap water for official meetings.

Employment Schemes

Mrs. May: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many people are participating in each Government-supported training scheme and employment programme classified as employment for the purpose of the monthly labour market statistics; [304383]

(2) what schemes are classified as Government-supported training and employment programmes for the purpose of the monthly labour market statistics. [304384]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

Food Strategy Task Force

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the names are of each member of her Department's Food Strategy Task Force group on (a) vision and strategy, (b) joint research strategy, (c) healthier food mark, (d) integrated consumer advice,
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(e) global foods market and (f) food communications and campaigns; in which Government department or agency each group member works; and if she will make a statement. [304267]

Angela E. Smith: The Food Strategy Task Force was established by the Cabinet Office in July 2008, to oversee the delivery of activities identified in the Food Matters cross-Governmental strategy on food. It was comprised of civil servants from Cabinet Office, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the Department for Health, the Chief Scientific Adviser, the Department for International Development, the Treasury, the Food Standards Agency, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the Devolved Administrations. Progress of this work was set out in the "Food Matters One Year On" report which was published in August 2009. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House. Following completion of most of the agreed actions, the Food Strategy Task Force was wound up and responsibility for ongoing cross-Governmental co-ordination of food policy was transferred to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Some of the sub-committees established to support the Food Strategy Task Force continue to meet, where their work is not yet concluded. They have a wide-ranging membership from across Whitehall and outside. The exact officials who attend each meeting are not necessarily constant; rather Departments and organisations are represented by the official they feel most appropriate. Departments and organisations represented across these groups include those listed, representatives from local administrations and services and representatives from various research councils, among others.

Lone Parents: Employment

Andrew Stunell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many lone parents were in work in (a) 1998 and (b) 2005; and how many lone parents were in work in each local authority area in the North West on the most recent date for which figures are available. [304677]

Ms Butler: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated December 2009:

Table 1: Number of working-age( 1) lone parents with dependent children( 2) in employment, April to June 1998 and 2005, United Kingdom
April to June each year Level (thousand)

1998

778

2005

1,023

(1) Men aged 16-64 and women aged 16-59.
(2) Children under 16 and those aged 16-18 who have never married and are in full-time education.
Source:
LFS household datasets

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