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Asked by Lord Smith of Finsbury

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): Since December 2005, redundant IT equipment in this House has been donated to charity and, after refurbishment, sent for reuse to countries in Africa. Items not sent to Africa are resold and the proceeds

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put towards the cost of distributing the donated equipment. Damaged items are recycled and the waste is, where possible, reclaimed and resold.

Other electrical waste is sent for recycling. In 2008-09, the Parliamentary Estates Directorate disposed of approximately 2 tonnes of electrical waste, including batteries, refrigerators, air conditioning units, televisions, lamps, fans, kettles, vacuum cleaners, irons, dishwashers, microwaves, electric fires and telephones.

Housing

Questions

Asked by Lord Ouseley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Waiting lists, overcrowding and homelessness are indicators of housing need and the department does not produce estimates of the shortfall in housing supply relative to need.

However, CLG has commissioned a housing need analytical model from Heriot-Watt University which will improve our understanding of the impact of housing supply on housing need going forward. It is hoped this will be available to the department by the end of the year.

Asked by Lord Ouseley

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The latest estimate is published in Housing Statistics, Live Table 813, Number of Children in Poor Housing (DSO 2.9), which can be downloaded from the CLG website at http://www. communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/table813.xls. This estimate is based on data from the Survey of English Housing.

Overcrowding is defined according to the bedroom standard.

Forecasts for 2010 and 2011 are not available.

Housing: Mortgages

Question

Asked by Lord Monson

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): It is estimated that of the adult (aged 18 or over) population

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resident in private households in England: 40.7 per cent lives in mortgaged owner-occupied property; 30.2 per cent lives in property which is owned outright; and 29.1 per cent lives in property which is rented or free. This excludes those living in institutional establishments.

These estimates are based on data from the ONS Spring 2008 Labour Force Survey.

Housing: Supporting People Programme

Question

Asked by Lord Hylton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The supporting people programme is an invest-to-save budget. The Capgemini report findings showed that the best overall estimate of net financial benefits from the supporting people programme is £3.41 billion per annum for the client groups considered against an overall investment of £1.61 billion. The removal of the ring-fence provides local authorities with more freedom and flexibilities to work with partners to deliver innovative and holistic services to meet the needs of the vulnerable clients in their area, and supports the mainstreaming of housing-related support services within local authority service provision.

Legislation

Question

Asked by Lord Berkeley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): All proposals for legislation are approved by Ministers before being submitted to Parliament. All Bills sponsored by Defra are approved by Defra Ministers before introduction to Parliament and all Defra-sponsored secondary legislation is signed by Ministers personally. These practices have been adhered to throughout the past five years.

Licensing: Alcohol Consumption

Question

Asked by Lord Jones of Cheltenham



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Lord Davies of Oldham: The Alcohol Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Bulletin, which can be found on the internet at http://www.culture. gov. uk/images/research/AE-Statistics-bulletin-2008.pdf, reports the total number of 24-hour alcohol licences in force as at 31 March 2008:

South West

1,666

East of England

383

South East

882

West Midlands

343

North West

1,352

North East

149

London

673

East Midlands

277

Yorkshire and the Humber

417

Wales

196

England and Wales

6,338

Data for the period from 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 will be available in the near future and I will write to the noble Lord, placing copies of my letter in the Libraries of both Houses.

Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration

Questions

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Baroness Crawley: The Government value the role and work of the Parliamentary Ombudsman. They also believe that Members of Parliament have an important role to play in assisting constituents with concerns about their dealings with government departments and public bodies. The policy is kept under review, but the position remains as set in the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967.

Pollution: Airborne Particles

Question

Asked by Lord Berkeley



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): Data commissioned by the Greater London Authority are available for 2006 and 2010, and are provided in the form of number of people exposed to 1) Concentrations of NO2 above

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40 microgrammes/m3 in 2010-based on three different modelled met years, 2) Concentrations of NO2 above 60 microgrammes/m3 (as an approximation for an exceedence of hourly limit value) in 2010 based on 3 different met years and 3) Concentrations of PM10 above 40 microgrammes/m3 in 2006 and 2010 based on 2003 met year.1

Table 5 Population exposure (number of people) for NO2 (>40 microgrammes/m-3) for the year 2010 for different met years (2003, 2004 and 2006)
Borough Name2003 TotalYoungerOlder2004 TotalYoungerOlder2006 TotalYoungerOlder

Barking and Dagenham

515

168

47

0

0

0

0

0

0

Barnet

8,379

2,155

1,067

557

137

69

1,141

287

144

Bexley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Brent

51,332

13,043

5,490

10,642

2,642

1,176

19,800

4,862

2,171

Bromley

Camden

161,514

33,425

15,022

68,952

13,932

6,021

93,742

19,249

8,343

City of London

9,445

1,263

1,067

6,365

851

719

6,617

885

748

Croydon

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ealing

52,940

12,836

5,649

18,762

4,374

1,967

31,587

7,740

3,307

Enfield

4,693

1,480

485

1,358

436

136

2,045

657

209

Greenwich

6,319

1,262

672

2,288

480

247

3,814

759

407

Hackney

62,003

14,980

5,133

14,466

3,622

1,167

22,419

5,553

1,839

Hammersmith and Fulham

65,400

13,177

5,998

19,238

3,917

1,764

30,825

6,315

2,857

Haringey

15,997

3,547

1,415

1,834

383

158

4,460

915

414

Harrow

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Havering

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hillingdon

12,839

3,334

1,323

1,292

3.34

131

5,881

1,508

632

Hounslow

9,118

2,033

874

841

228

76

2,797

633

266

Islington

106,317

21,087

9,219

23,346

4,366

2,041

39,420

7,526

3,426

Kensington and Chelsea

152,776

27,500

17,222

54,292

9,753

6,191

85,325

15,364

9,631

Kingston upon Thames

206

43

30

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lambeth

62,558

14,102

5,017

17,873

3,914

1,488

30,772

6,815

2,543

Lewisham

9,116

2,130

645

2,058

459

160

4,689

1,039

340

Merton

844

137

84

0

0

0

526

85

52

Newham

8,272

2,436

611

1,713

479

116

4,350

1,235

327

Redbridge

2,668

569

394

967

183

162

1,244

254

193

Richmond upon Thames

571

146

61

0

0

0

0

0

0

Southwark

90,616

20,913

7,899

43,124

9,697

3,703

59,957

13,649

5,199

Sutton

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tower hamlets

75,229

18,783

5,764

28,760

6,946

2,110

40,206

9,971

3,012

Waltham Forest

5,577

1,516

458

1,367

356

132

2,342

612

203

Wandsworth

34,139

6,389

2,481

7,597

1,490

550

12,944

2,521

918

Westminster

204,308

33,043

21,516

126,877

19,460

13,175

149,016

23,356

15,535

GLA Total

1,213,688

251,496

115,687

454,569

88,439

43,458

655,922

131,790

62,717

Table 7 Population exposure (number of people) for NO2 (>60 microgrammes/m-3) for the year 2010 for different met years (2003, 2004 and 2006)
Borough Name2003 TotalYoungerOlder2004 totalYoungerOlder2006 totalYoungerOlder

Westminster

600

62

62

0

0

0

400

40

42


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