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Jacqui Smith: Guidance on the Protection of Children Act 1999 was published in September 2000 and distributed to a large range of statutory and voluntary child care organisations. The guidance continues to be made available and is published on the Department of Health website for easy access.
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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited 13 weeks or more for an out-patient appointment in Hull and the East Riding in each of the last three quarters for which figures are available. 
|Code||Name||March 2002||June 2002||Sept 2002|
|RWA||Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust||5,727||3,950||4,634|
Mr. Allen: To ask the President of the Council what representations he has received about bringing forward proposals for making the rise of the House the time for the shuffle for oral questions; and if he will make a statement. 
A new business plan is, however, being prepared, and will be published on the Privy Council Office website (www.privycouncil.gov.uk) later this year. The plan will include our main performance targets, and when it is published, I will write to my hon. Friend to let him know.
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Mr. McNulty: Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) for local authority housing are one of the Government's key options for improving service delivery for tenants and achieving the decent homes target. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's commitment to ALMOs is set to continue and we will be announcing the level of resources available for the next three years of the programme shortly.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff work for the Business Co-ordination Unit; how many worked for the unit in each year since it was formed; and what the running costs of the unit are in 200203. 
Mr. Leslie: There are currently three staff employed in the Business Co-ordination Unit, with two vacant posts. In 2000 when the unit was set up there were four members of staff, this increased to five in April 2002. The running costs budget for the unit in 200203 is £300,000.
Mrs. Roche: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently engaged in a project to consider options for updating the Indices of Deprivation 2000 (ID 2000). As part of this project, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is investigating the potential for constructing a Crime and Social Order domain, which would measure the deprivation people face as a result of crime or as a result of living in an area with high rates of crime and social disorder. Discussions are currently taking place with officials in the Home Office over the scope, availability and quality of data.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has always recognised that it would be important to include a crime/social order domain in the ID 2000 but were previously prevented from doing so because of a lack of robust data.
Mr. Burnett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the projected total sum is in the United Kingdom of the (a) approved development programme and (b) Challenge Fund for (i) 200203, (ii) 200304 and (iii) 200405. 
Mr. McNulty: In 200203 the Housing Corporation's Approved Development Programme (ADP) in England is £921 million. There is no Challenge Fund for this year. The funding for 200304, announced on 18 September, is £l,286 million of which £200 million is for the Challenge Fund.
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Mr. Burnett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the proposed allocation within the regions of the UK is of the (a) Challenge Fund and (b) approved development programme for (i) 200203, (ii) 200304 and (iii) 200405. 
|East of England||63.8||74.1|
|Yorks and Humberside||49.3||59.7|
|East of England||6.4|
Mr. Leslie: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently considering the format of the third round of Implementing Electronic Government (IEG3) Statements. It is probable that we will be asking councils to provide information on specific components of the local e-government programme. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is also in the process of developing a proposal for a National Project on e-participation. If this project is approved a return in this area in the IEG3 statements could be included.
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Mr. Burnett: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the aims are of the long-term housing allocation resource plans; what he estimates the effect will be on the division of resources for low-cost affordable housing within the South West Region; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: In his statement to the house about sustainable communities on 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 438, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister promised to return to the house with a comprehensive long term programme of action to achieve a step change in the Government's policies for building successful, thriving and inclusive communities in all regions. The statement, which will be made shortly, will set out how the additional funding announced in the 2002 spending review will be used. It will cover the provision of affordable housing in areas of shortage.
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