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The definition of central Government grant used here is the sum of formula grant (revenue support grant and redistributed non-domestic rates), specific grants inside Aggregate External Finance (AEF) (i.e. revenue grants paid for council's core services), specific and special revenue grants outside AEF (i.e. where funding is not for authorities' core services, but is passed to a third party, for example, rent allowances and rebates), area based grant (ABG) and expenditure financed by capital grants from central Government.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the letter of 9 March 2010 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, what consideration Ministers in his Department have given to postponing the opening of the new London Regional Fire Control Room until after the London 2012 Olympics. 
Under current planning assumptions the Regional Fire Control Centre for London is due to become operational during September 2011. In view of
the proximity of this date to the Olympic games, I have written to the chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority to ask if they wish to move this date back until after the Olympics. I have also offered to explore the possibility of moving their current control into the Regional Control Centre so that London can benefit from the facilities and enhanced resilience the new building offers during the Olympics. I await LFEPA's formal response.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 16 December 2009, Official Report, columns 1269-70W, on fire services: risk assessment, what the risks identified on the FiReControl risk register are; what level of risk is assigned to each; and what steps are being taken to mitigate each risk. 
Mr. Malik: The FiReControl risk assessment is published as Appendix M of the FiReControl Full Business Case, published in May 2009. These risks are organised under nine main categories, with the level of risk and the mitigation set out-these are kept under review. The business case can be found at:
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious false fire emergency calls were received in each fire authority in the North West in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009. 
Mr. Malik: The relevant data that are held centrally are for financial year periods and cover all emergency calls, with no distinction as to whether relating to a reported fire or other type of incident.
In preparing this answer it became evident that the figures provided in the answer to a very similar question on 28 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1170-76W, were of numbers of false alarm incidents attended, rather than of emergency calls. The data available for the periods requested by both questions are therefore shown in the tables.
|Total emergency calls( 1) handled, fire and rescue services in the north-west, 2002-03 to 2008-09|
|(1) Duplicate calls for incidents counted individually|
Annual Returns from Fire and Rescue Services to Communities and Local Government
|Malicious false alarm calls handled, fire and rescue services in the north-west, 2005-06 to 2008-09( 1)|
|2002-03 to 2004-05( 1)||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09|
|(1) Data prior to 2005-06 not held centrally|
Annual Returns from Fire and Rescue Services to Communities and Local Government
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of written correspondence sent by the Home Department's Design and Technology Alliance to his Department on inclusion of a home security assessment as part of a home information pack. 
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he made of the number of people homeless in Reading East constituency in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Ian Austin: Homelessness prevention measures funded by Communities and Local Government have had a major impact. In the last six years the quarterly level of statutory homelessness cases has reduced by 71 per cent.
Summary tables including the number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty by each local authority as at the end of each year between 1997-98 and 2008-09 have been deposited in the Library of the House as stated in the question from the hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) on 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 843W.
Information has also been collected and reported since 1998 on the number of people who sleep rough-i.e., those who are literally roofless on a single night. Local authority data and count guidance can be found on the CLG website:
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2010, Official Report, columns 271-72W, on housing: conferences, how much of the Homes and Communities Agency's expenditure on accommodation was related to (a) hotel room bookings and (b) use of mini-bar and dining facilities. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2010, Official Report, columns 271-72W, on housing: conferences, in which hotel (a) Homes and Communities Agency employees and (b) his Department's officials were accommodated for the MIPIM International Property Conference 2009. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2010, Official Report, columns 271-72W, on housing: conferences, how much of the Homes and Communities Agency's expenditure on travel was for (a) rail fares, (b) taxis and (c) air travel. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what local priorities the Homes and Communities Agency has set for the Investment Statement of each region; and what assessment he has made of the progress of each region in meeting each regional priority target in (a) each of the last three years and (b) the spending period 2008-11. 
John Healey: For the National Affordable Housing Programme 2008-11, the Housing Corporation included as part of their prospectus a summary of regional priorities based on regional assemblies' regional housing strategies. In addition, each Housing Corporation region produced an investment statement setting out the regional investment priorities. The link to the website is as follows:
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps (a) local authorities, (b) housing associations and (c) owners of other publicly-funded housing are required to take in order to (i) remove and (ii) mitigate risks from asbestos in their properties; what requirements there are to provide information to tenants on the (A) presence of and (B) risks from asbestos; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ian Austin: All sectors of social housing are covered by the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) which lists asbestos as potential category 1 hazard. In assessing asbestos as a hazard, landlords need to take account of its location, potential for damage, extent of any present damage and whether it is a chrysotile or amphibole product.
Asbestos removal should be carried out in conjunction with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance and should normally be done by a contractor licensed by the Health and Safety Executive. Mitigation of risk from asbestos is covered in the HHSRS guidance, section 4, full detail as are available at:
There is no requirement for social landlords to inform residents about the presence of asbestos in their stock. The HHSRS guidance advises that where asbestos has been identified as present, the material should be in good condition, sealed, inaccessible, labelled and the location recorded by the landlord.
Information on the risk from asbestos is available to tenants from local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive and the Direct.gov website. There is no requirement for landlords to provide this information although many choose to do so.
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