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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Dhanda: As the number of formal complaints in either category is less than five, the Department for Communities and Local Government is unable to provide the information on the grounds of confidentiality.
John Healey: I have placed in the Library of the House a table showing the information on street cleansing (not chargeable to highways) in each local authority in England in each of the last five years. Information for England has been published in Statistical Releases and editions of Local Government Financial Statistics.
Caroline Flint: As part of the current cross-government assessment of eco-town proposals we are assessing proposals against the criteria set out in the Eco-towns Prospectus, and this includes transport. As part of the transport criteria consideration must be given to the impact on roads and congestion when siting the eco-town, and planning for the public transport infrastructure requirements. We will want to see design that reduces the need to travel, promotes a high degree of sustainable transport usage and reduces car dependency, so as to minimise the impact on local transport networks.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that funding for the construction of eco-towns will not be taken from existing allocations for local projects. 
Caroline Flint: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry) on 6 December 2007, Official Report, column 1397W. As that answer sets out, funding has been provided to support the Growth Areas, the Thames Gateway, New Growth Points and eco-towns. This ensures that there will be provision of funding for eco-towns and it will not be taken from existing allocations for local projects.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were housed in temporary accommodation by each London local authority in each year since 1997. 
Caroline Flint: Information about local authorities actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level. This information includes the number of households accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty. The duty owed to an accepted household is to secure suitable accommodation. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.
A table summarising homelessness figures for each local authority for the past 10 years, including the total number of households in temporary accommodation at the end of each year, was placed in the Library of the House on 8 October 2007, as part of the answer given to the hon. Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice).
Data are also published in our quarterly statistical release on Statutory Homelessness, which includes a Supplementary Table showing the breakdown of key data, including temporary accommodation for each local authority. The Supplementary Tables are published on our website and placed in the Library each quarter. The latest release was published on 10 December 2007 and contains data for the period July to September 2007:
However, Communities and Local Government and Department for Work and Pensions are supporting the working future pilot to test the effect that reduced rents and increased access to employment services have on incentivising housing benefit claimants in expensive temporary accommodation to find work.
The pilot was set up to run for two years starting from 2005. It was running in the East London boroughs of Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest and led by the GLA and the East Thames Group. We are currently in the process of evaluating the outcomes of the pilot.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which publicly funded organisations are in receipt of monies in respect of the Thames Gateway project; and if she will make a statement. 
Barts and The London Hospital Trust
Basildon District Council
Castle Point Borough Council
Dartford Borough Council
East England Development Agency (EEDA)
Essex County Council
Gateway for London
Gravesham Borough Council
Kent County Council
Land Restoration Trust
LB Barking and Dagenham
LB Tower Hamlets
Learning and Skills Councils
Locate in Kent
London Development Agency (LDA)
London Thames Gateway Development Corporation
Medway Council (Unitary)
Rochford District Council
South East Development Agency (SEEDA)
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (Unitary)
Swale Borough Council
Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation
Tourism South East
Transport for London
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects have been identified for funding under the auspices of the Thames Gateway Economic Development Investment Plan; at what indicative cost and over what period of time; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: No projects have yet been identified under the auspices of the Thames Gateway Economic Development Plan (EDIP). The three Regional Development Agencies that cover the Thames Gateway area have not yet completed the EDIP. It is expected to be signed off by the end of March.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of each of her Departments five annual conferences on developing services for Gypsies and Travellers. 
Mr. Iain Wright:
Communities and Local Government does not hold an annual conference on developing services for Gypsies and Travellers. Ministers and officials support an annual conference on this topic arranged by the private sector by
attending as speakers. A delegate fee of £390 (plus VAT) was paid by the Housing Corporation to enable attendance in 2005.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of trends in the demand for authorised traveller sites from migrant travellers from (a) Romania and (b) the Republic of Ireland. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Under the Housing Act 2004 local authorities are required to assess the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers living in their areas. All accommodation needs assessments should by now have been completed. Regional Assemblies are responsible for determining need for pitches for Gypsies and Travellers across the region and revising regional spatial strategies to allocate pitch numbers to individual local authorities.
Hertfordshire county council
Surrey county council
Telford and the Wrekin
Worcestershire county council
North Yorkshire county council
Lancashire county council
Suffolk county council
Kent county council
Shropshire county council
Des Browne: Troops deployed as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are authorised to support the Government of Afghanistans counter-narcotics effort as part of the NATO operational plan. The operational plan stipulates that military personnel will not be involved in the eradication of poppy.
Derek Twigg: The Defence Medical Services deploys small numbers of civilian medical staff on operations in specialties where there are currently shortfalls, such as neurosurgery and ITU and A&E nursing. Individuals are recruited through the specialist agency Frontier Medical. Before deployment to Afghanistan, medical locums undergo similar Operational Training and Advisory Group (OPTAG) training and pre-deployment briefs as their military colleagues. They are fully briefed on security issues and what to do if involved in the vicinity of aggressive military action. They are issued personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive constant advice and supervision before and during an operational tour. Most of them will not have prior military service (other than possible prior deployment with the military in a similar locum role).
Des Browne: I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement on 6 February 2008, Official Report, column 68WS, outlining the force package that we currently plan to deploy in the next roulement of UK forces to Afghanistan.
Des Browne: All units deploying with 16 Air Assault Brigade will do so with the numbers required to meet the operational requirement. This may require some units to be backfilled with augmentees, in line with established practice. I am withholding information on deployed strengths as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.
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