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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on recent developments in the New Deal for Disabled People, with particular reference to (a) client participants and (b) recruitment and continuity of providers. 
Mr. Nicholas Brown [holding answer 15 October 2002]: Since the national extension of the New Deal for Disabled People programme began, it has helped over 5,000 people into jobs and more than 25,000 have registered with Job Brokers to actively pursue employment.
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month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old. 
|Month Tabled||Number of Parliamentary Questions Outstanding|
The table shows the number of letters in the Department which had not received an answer at 15 October 2002.
|With a Received Date Between||Number|
|1 & 2 months||601|
|2 & 3 months||385|
|3 & 4 months||201|
|4 & 6 months||367|
|greater than 6 months||474|
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 15 October 2002]: Officials with responsibility for the policy take the lead in drafting answers to parliamentary questions, which are then cleared by Ministers before a final reply is sent. There is no formal role for special advisers in this process, but they may from time to time be consulted by Ministers and/or officials about draft replies.
Mr. Hutton: National Health Service foundation trusts may have limited access to other income streams, in a similar way to existing NHS trusts, in addition to standard NHS funding from Her Majesty's Treasury. Their prime purpose will be to treat NHS patients.
Mr. Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS foundation trusts will be able to develop services for private patients in addition to existing pay beds in their particular hospitals or clinics. 
Mr. Hutton: Provision of clinical services to National Health Service patients will remain the principal objective for NHS foundation trusts. However, as is the case for existing NHS trusts, the new organisations will
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be able to treat private patients including foreign nationals who may live in the United Kingdom but are not eligible for NHS treatment.
The governance and regulatory framework that we are developing for NHS foundation trusts will ensure that appropriate controls are put in place to prevent these organisations from developing private business at the expense of developing services for NHS patients.
Mr. Hutton: To develop the policy on National Health Service foundation trusts, the Department has sought a wide range of specialist advice. In particular, since December 2001 Chief Executive Officers from NHS trusts that have achieved three stars in the NHS performance ratings have been consulted on a range of issues. Key topics for discussion have been development of new freedoms and policy development on NHS foundation trusts. We expect these arrangements to continue.
Mr. Hutton: On 25 July, the Department published NHS Foundation Trusts: Eligibility Criteria and Timetable. Amongst other criteria, applicant National Health Service trusts need to hold and retain three star status in the NHS performance ratings. Northamptonshire and Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trusts will not be eligible to apply for NHS foundation trust status this autumn because they did not achieve three star status in the NHS performance ratings announced in July 2002.
Mr. Hutton: At present, there are nine Departmental staff working full time on National Health Service foundation trusts. However, as policy on NHS foundation trusts embraces a wide range of issues a number of other staff are also contributing to the policy development as and when required.
Ms Walley: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to finalise the details of the service delivery agreement in respect of protection of valuable countryside around towns and cities; and if he will make a statement. 
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Ms Oona King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, pursuant to his answer of 16 May 2002 Official Report, column 800W, what information his Department has collated on the levels of under-occupancy in social housing in each borough in London; if he will list the financial compensation package and cash incentives available from each local authority in London to encourage tenants to move from an underoccupied property to more suitably sized accommodation; what assessment he has made of the impact in London of the good practice guidance on managing underoccupation published by his Department in April 2001; and what further action he plans to encourage local authorities in areas of high demand to develop a strategy for addressing underoccupancy. 
Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not held centrally, and would only be provided at disproportionate cost; the information on financial compensation package and cash incentives available from each local authority in London to encourage tenants to move from an underoccupied property to more suitably sized accommodation will be available from the House of Commons library; the ODPM has not made an assessment of the impact in London of the good practice guidance on managing under-occupation; the ODPM has no firm plans to take further action to encourage local authorities in areas of high demand to develop a strategy for addressing underoccupancy.
Ms Oona King: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total expenditure by his Department was on each estate action programme in the borough of Tower Hamlets since 1985; and what this was as a percentage of the total cost of each programme. 
Mr. Raynsford: The records of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets show the total expenditure for each of the estate action projects in Tower Hamlets since 1985, and the Department's contribution as a percentage of the total cost of each project are:
|Estate Action Schemes||Total Cost of Project #m||Departmental contribution as % of Total cost|
|All Estates on Isle of Dogs||14.1||100|
|Barley Mow Estate||4.466||54|
|Bethnal Green Estate||3.414||36|
|Brinsley House Tarling East||0.88||100|
|Brune House Complex||1.938||61|
|Channel House-Ocean Estate||2.265||67|
|Coventry Cross East||0.23||100|
|Coventry Cross West||0.28||100|
|Cubitt Town-Thermopylae Gate||1.042||32|
|Dorian Estate all blocks in Stepney||0.307||100|
|Isle of Dogs||3.5||100|
|Jefferson Estate.Madison & 50||2.754|
|Maddocks House Tarling West||0.87||100|
|Ocean (Bothnia, Malaka, Tunis)||1.7||76|
|Ocean (Play Area)||0.44||9|
|Ocean Estate Security Works||0.219||100|
|Ocean(Muslim Prayer facilities)||0.44||9|
|Ring House-Martineau Estate||2||100|
|Robin Hood Gardens||1.516||77|
|Robin Hood Gardens 2||0.52||100|
|Roman Road North||0.677||83|
|Samuda Estate phase 2||0.094||0|
|Samuda Estate. Hedley House||0.665||79|
|Samuda Housing Office||1.6||100|
|St Georges Estate||2.428||70|
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