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Written Answers to Questions

Friday 19 June 2009

Cabinet Office

Charities: Animal Welfare

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment she has made of the effects of the recession on animal welfare charities. [278124]

Jim Fitzpatrick: I have been asked to reply.

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.

Children, Schools and Families

Departmental Correspondence

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. [280468]

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.

Percentage

2008

January to March

88

April to June

89

July to September

77

October to December

87

2009

January to March

83


Departmental Energy

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. [280518]


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Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department for Children Schools and Families and its predecessor consumed the following electricity and gas from the period 2004-05 to 2008-09.

kWh

Electricity Gas

2004-05

19,442,456

10,041,361

2005-06

19,473,174

10,990,973

2006-07

19,891,015

9,568,107

2007-08

15,621,504

8,142,413

2008-09

14,054,053

7,232,697


Education Maintenance Allowance

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. [281222]

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.

Schools

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools he visited on official business in the last 12 months. [272863]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families visited approximately 92 schools over the period since May 2008 on official business.

Schools: Essex

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; [280450]

(2) how much funding his Department and its predecessor allocated for the rebuilding of school buildings in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years. [280451]

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.


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£ million

2004-05

63.2

2005-06

55.6

2006-07

51.2

2007-08

52.6

2008-09

78.4

2009-10

82.3

2010-11

83.5


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.

Communities and Local Government

Fire Services: Finance

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. [281216]

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)

Warrington

2,445,864

Durham

2,332,711

Wolverhampton

2,572,971

Wakefield

2,404,185

Castle Donnington

2,414,024

Cambridge

2,608,184

Taunton

2,431,809

Fareham

2,608,963

Morden

(2)1,607,482

(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.

These figures include all accommodation costs, senior management team and other local authority company costs.

Homes and Communities Agency: Manpower

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are employed by the (a) Homes and Communities Agency and (b) Tenant Services Authority. [280305]

John Healey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South (Margaret Beckett) on 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 720W.

In addition to the 789 FTE staff, the Homes and Communities Agency employ 115 staff on full-time contracts.


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Homes and Communities Agency: Offices

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. [280294]

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).

For details of the TSA offices I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him my by right hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South on 24 April 2009, Official Report, column 912W.

Housing: Low Incomes

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. [281457]

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.

The following table shows the information for the months of February, March and April which are not covered by the previous answers.

2009

February March April

HomeBuy Direct

(1)

(1)

(1)

Open Market HomeBuy

605

727

172

of which:

Ownhome

79

112

20

MyChoice HomeBuy

414

520

141

New Build HomeBuy

677

3,112

128

Social HomeBuy

(1)

(1)

(1)

Rent to HomeBuy

27

972

63

First Time Buyers Initiative

51

72

60

(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. [281458]


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John Healey: I have placed a table in the House Library showing the average property prices of properties sold through Social Homebuy, Right to Acquire and Right to Buy, by year and region.

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.

The average property price is not shown for the Right to Acquire sales prior to 2001-02, due to a low number of sales in each year.


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