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Government Departments: Telephone Services

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what responses the Contact Council received to the enquiries which it made of each Government Department in June 2009 on departments' plans for using 030 numbers in place of 084 numbers for helplines; and if she will make a statement. [302367]

Tessa Jowell [holding answer 30 November 2009]: The Contact Council has not directly asked departments to outline their plans for using 030 numbers in place of 084 numbers for helplines. It has, however, issued to all Contact Council members (representatives of central departments, local authorities and other bodies) a clarification statement on telephone number ranges in May this year. This statement explained the characteristics of the 084, 087 and 03 number ranges so that central departments in particular might make their own informed choice about which range(s) best meets the needs of all their customer groups.


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Specifically in connection with this statement, the Council asked its central department representatives to confirm whether they retain any additional revenue as a result of using 084/087 numbers and to outline which ranges (not necessarily 03) best suit the services they provide to their customers.

Most major customer facing departments have answered these questions, and the remaining departments is in process of doing so. Once the outstanding response has been received the Council will analyse all response with a view to recommending ways of increasing the uptake of the 03 range where appropriate.

Hotels

Anne Main: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much was spent on hotel accommodation for (a) the Prime Minister and (b) No. 10 Downing Street (i) special advisers and (ii) civil servants in each of the last five years. [305650]

Angela E. Smith: The Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of Cabinet Office. The information requested for the Cabinet Office is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Ministerial Appointments

Mr. Bone: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2009, on the list of Ministerial Responsibilities, and with reference to the answer from the Secretary of State for Defence of 9 November 2009, Official Report, column 83W, on Ministers, on what date (a) the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, (b) the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (c) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and (d) the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families were first appointed to the Cabinet; how the List of Ministerial Responsibilities reflects these dates of appointment; and if she will make a statement. [306647]

Tessa Jowell: The dates of appointments of Ministers to the Cabinet are a matter of public record, details of which are available from the Library of the House. I refer the hon. Gentleman to my answer to the hon. Member of 8 December, Official Report, column 251w about the listing of Cabinet Ministers in the List of Ministerial Responsibilities.

National School of Government: Conferences

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) away days and (b) conferences that took place outside the National School of Government's buildings attended by civil servants in the National School of Government there have been since 2005; and what the cost was of each. [307456]

Angela E. Smith: This is a matter for the National School of Government. I have asked the principal and chief executive to assist by writing to you.

Letter from Rod Clark, dated December 2009:

National School of Government: Hotels

Anne Main: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the National School of Government has spent on hotel accommodation for its officials in each of the last five years. [306039]

Angela E. Smith: This is a matter for the National School of Government. I have asked the principal and chief executive to assist by writing to you.

Letter from Rod Clark, dated December 2009:

UK Overseas Total

2004/05

104,046

62,184

166,230

2005/06

121,172

54,423

175,595

2006/07

58,170

51,413

109,583

2007/08

71,620

87,565

159,186

2008/09

118,053

52,348

170,402

2009/10 part year

47,284

32,406

79,690


National School of Government: Internet

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what redesigns of websites operated by the National School of Government have been carried out since 27 June 2007; and what the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) date of completion of each such redesign was. [306197]

Angela E. Smith: This is a matter for the National School of Government. I have asked the principal and chief executive to assist by writing to you.

Letter from Rod Clark, dated December 2009:


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Voluntary Work: Religion

John Battle: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps her Department has taken to encourage volunteering with faith organisations. [306983]

Angela E. Smith: The Office of the Third Sector is committed to working towards a society where all individuals and communities are enabled to volunteer.

Through the Capacitybuilders programme the Office of the Third Sector is providing Volunteering England with £1.4 million between 2008 to 2011 to deliver improved support to volunteer involving organisations. Part of Volunteering England's work is to support volunteering within faith based organisations. Volunteering England is working with the youth volunteering charity v to fund six volunteering projects within faith based organisations. The aim of these projects is to improve the way that faith based organisations receive support in the areas of volunteer recruitment and retention.

Communities and Local Government

Affordable Housing

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed Rent to Homebuy transactions there have been to date. [305932]

John Healey: Provisional data from the Homes and Communities Agency show that there were 1,899 rent to homebuy completions up to end September 2009.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed sales there have been under the Social Homebuy scheme since April 2006; and how much had been spent on that scheme on the latest date for which figures are available. [306727]

John Healey: Between April 2006 and 30 September 2009, there were 328 completed social homebuy sales.

Social homebuy is a voluntary demand-led scheme. Registered social landlords who choose to offer the scheme to their tenants bid to the Homes and Communities Agency for grant to cover the discount offered to the tenant. From April 2006 to end September 2009, spend through the National Affordable Housing programme totalled £3.6 million.

No funding is provided to local authorities offering the scheme other than £132,770 given to help early pilots with development and set-up costs in 2006-07.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition his Department uses of a Rent to HomeBuy (a) sale and (b) completion. [306731]


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John Healey: A rent to homebuy completion is recorded when the building is ready for occupation, and a sale is recorded when a rent to homebuy tenant buys a share of the property, following an initial rental period which can be up to five years.

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new affordable housing units were completed in (a) Leeds West, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) England in each year since 2001. [306981]

Mr. Ian Austin: Data are not available for parliamentary constituencies. Information for Leeds, West Yorkshire and England is as follows:

Additional affordable dwellings provided 2000-01 to 2008-09

Leeds West Yorkshire England

2000-01

200

740

33,160

2001-02

450

920

33,020

2002-03

310

730

32,920

2003-04

180

600

38,070

2004-05

260

590

37,470

2005-06

310

740

45,980

2006-07

290

980

44,570

2007-08

380

1,110

53,480

2008-09

460

1,310

55,770

Source:
CLG Housing Live Tables, Table 1008

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been purchased under the (a) First Time Buyer's Initiative, (b) HomeBuy Direct, (c) New Build HomeBuy, (d) Open Market HomeBuy and (e) Social HomeBuy schemes in each of the last three years; and how many have been purchased under each scheme in 2009-10 to date. [307206]

John Healey: The number of homes purchased in the last three years is as follows:

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

First Time Buyers Initiative

24

818

1,025

HomeBuy Direct(1)

-

-

-

New Build HomeBuy

11,017

14,880

10,647

Open Market HomeBuy

2,463

2,749

6,123

Social HomeBuy

47

160

99

(1) HomeBuy Direct only became operational in February 2009.
Source:
Homes and Communities Agency.

The provisional data from April to September 2009 are as follows:

Number

First Time Buyers Initiative

383

HomeBuy Direct

997

New Build HomeBuy

2,624

Open Market HomeBuy

3,194

Social HomeBuy

20

Source:
Homes and Communities Agency.

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