The Charity Commission recently published its second economic survey of charities, which showed that just over half of the charities surveyed are feeling the impact of the recession. 58 per cent. of those surveyed have seen their incomes decrease, while 20 per cent. reported an increasing demand for the services that they offer.
DEFRA has not carried out a specific assessment of the effects on animal welfare charities. However, the Government have pledged £42.5 million to help volunteers, charities and social enterprises in the difficult economic climate.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of letters to his Department from hon. Members' parliamentary offices were answered within 30 days of the date of receipt in each quarter from January 2008 to March 2009. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department's correspondence target is to answer correspondence from hon. Members within 15 working days of receipt. The following figures reflect the Department's achievement against this target.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) electricity and (b) gas was used on his Department's and its predecessor's estate in each year from 2004-05 to 2008-09. 
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on eligibility criteria for the education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The current eligibility criteria for education maintenance allowance (EMA) are designed to encourage learners from lower income households to participate in post compulsory learning. Evaluation of the EMA pilots has shown that EMA has led to increases in both participation and attainment. I have not had any discussions with ministerial colleagues about eligibility criteria for EMA.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding he has budgeted for the rebuilding of school buildings in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the next five years; 
Mr. Coaker: The Department maintains records on a local authority rather than on a constituency basis. The following table sets out actual and planned allocations to Essex council for the period 2004-05 to 2010-11. No decision has as yet been taken regarding allocations beyond 2010-11.
In addition, Essex has a Building Schools for the Future wave 4 project with indicative funding of £31 million grant and £169 million of PFI credits. Essex also has a planned BSF wave 6 project in the pipeline.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the (a) capital and (b) operating costs of the FiReControl centre in (i) Durham, (ii) Warrington, (iii) Wakefield, (iv) Castle Donnington, (v) Wolverhampton, (vi) Cambridge, (vii) Taunton, (viii) Fareham and (ix) Morden in each of the next five years. 
Mr. Malik: Under current planning assumptions, Fire and Rescue Services will begin using the regional control centres from next year in phases until every FRS in England is using the system. The forecast operating costs for the regional control centres prior to FRS cutting over are set out in the following table:
|Regional control centre||£ per year( 1)|
|(1) The costs in the table provide an indicative full year forecast operating costs for a financial year in advance of 'cut over' occurring.|
2 Note, the Morden building is on track to achieve Practical Completion in February 2010 and this figure includes a substantial rent free period. Comparative costs, including full rent would be £3,371,972.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many offices are operated by the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Tenant Services Authority; and where each office is located. 
John Healey: For details of the HCA's regional offices I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South (Margaret Beckett) to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) on 12 March 2009, Official Report, columns 742-44W. In addition to these offices the HCA has two corporate offices in London (Buckingham Palace road, and Maple House, Tottenham Court road).
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been purchased under (a) HomeBuy Direct, (b) OwnHome, (c) OpenMarket HomeBuy, (d) the First-Time Buyers Initiative, (e) MyChoice HomeBuy, (f) New Build HomeBuy, (g) Social HomeBuy and (h) Rent to HomeBuy in each of the last three months. 
John Healey: I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to him by my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South (Margaret Beckett) on 21 May 2009, Official Report, columns 1538-40W, 5 May 2009, Official Report, column 133W, and the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Mr. Wills) on 30 April 2009, Official Report, column 1440W, respectively.
|(1 )Less than 5. Source: Homes and Communities Agency|
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2009, Official Report, column 996W, on housing: low incomes, what the average price of a property purchased under the (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) Right to Acquire and (c) Right to Buy scheme was in each region in each year since 1997. 
These property price figures are based on the total property price, not the amount paid by the purchaser, who is entitled to a discount on the market value and may be purchasing only a share of the equity in the property.
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