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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on progress with the public service agreement target on the overall international ranking of the science and engineering company base in terms of quality, relevance and cost- efficiency. 
Ms Hewitt: The most recent measurements of the international ranking of the Science and Engineering Base (SEB) in terms of quality, relevance and cost- effectiveness indicate that the UK continues to maintain its position relative to other G7 nations. The details are as follows:
One measure of relevance is the UK's world ranking in terms of the proportion of university research funding from non- governmental sources. For the latest year for which data are available (1997), the UK was again ranked first among the G7 countries.
Cost-effectiveness is measured by the UK's world ranking in terms of the number of papers published per £1 million of public expenditure on science. In 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1999, the UK was the leading country in the G7. For the latest year (2000) the UK was again ranked first.
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While the public service agreement targets described here provide a valuable indication of the strength of the UK science base relative to our competitors, other indications are also available. The results of the latest Research Assessment Exercise were published on 14 December and show that, since 1996 when the last study was carried out, many university research groups have significantly improved their performance.
Ms Hewitt: The Cabinet Office already commissions and publishes an independent annual report "Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service". This report includes details of the causes of absenteeism. The report for the year 2000 will be published shortly.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the category and amount of each item of funding outside the revenue support grant which his Department made available to (a) Westminster city council and (b) Kensington and Chelsea in (i) 200001 and (ii) 200102. 
|Type of grant||200001||200102|
|London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea|
|Income from non-domestic rates||47.167||48.566|
|Housing Investment Programme(11)||16.305||12.855|
|Housing Revenue Account||20.212||26.195|
|Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval||1.521||(12)|
|Disabled Facilities Grant||0.090||0.055|
|Invest to Save||0.225||(13)|
|London Borough of Westminster|
|Income from non-domestic rates||61.301||62.783|
|Housing Investment Programme(11)||25.499||17.107|
|Housing Revenue Account||31.149||46.109|
|Transport Block Supplementary Credit Approval||2.221||(12)|
|Disabled Facilities Grant||0.114||0.239|
(11) Basic Housing ACG
(12) Now administered by Transport for London
(13) Figure supplied represents Invest to Save grant available for drawing down during 200001 or 200102.
(14) Figure supplied represents payments thus far in 200102. Another claim is forecast for March although the grant amount is as yet unknown.
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David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many development schemes have been funded by English Partnerships and have secured redevelopment on sites formerly occupied by sub-standard housing in each of the last five years; and at what locations. 
David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on the progress being made in (a) house clearance and (b) redevelopment through the Housing Corporation pilot grant scheme. 
Ms Keeble: The Housing Corporation's "New Tools" pilot is currently operating in six areas across the north- west and north-east. The pilot programme is investigating housing associations' contribution to the redevelopment of low demand areas.
|||130 units cleared|
|27 units cleared||11 units cleared|
|to clear 40 units|||
David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many English Partnerships funded projects have involved housing development in the last five years in (a) Telford and (b) the west midlands. 
(a) the CNT side of English Partnerships spent £12.3 million on site infrastructure in Telford, predominantly to promote housing development. In the same five year period, 125 hectares of land in Telford was sold to the private sector for housing development. In the wider west midlands area, CNT spent around £1 million on site infrastructure, some of which went towards promoting housing development. 7.4 hectares of land was sold for this purpose.
(b) the URA side of English Partnerships approved no projects in Telford during these five years. In the wider west midlands, 12 projects were approved under the Partnership Investment Programme, committing £16.6 million towards
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projects facilitating the provision of housing. (Since 19992000, such projects were approved in conjunction with Advantage West Midlands).
Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what policy was adopted in publicising and disseminating the consultation document: "Change to the Decent Home Definition"; what agencies other than local authorities were invited to comment; from which of these agencies responses have been received; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Keeble: The consultation document was disseminated widely using the usual mechanismsthrough placement on the Department's website and through direct mailing. All English and Welsh local authority chief executives and housing directors received copies directly, as did chief executives of Registered Social Landlords with more than 250 units of housing stock. Copies were also sent to a number of national organisations such as umbrella housing organisations and academic organisations. Bodies with a specific interest in energy efficiency issues were alerted to the consultation.
|Organisation||Number of responses|
|Registered Social Landlords||34|
|Housing Umbrella organisations||8|
|Energy efficiency organisations||9|
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