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26. Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the promotion of digital broadcasting in the Welsh language throughout Wales. 
The Government recognises the key role which S4C plays in nurturing and developing the Welsh language throughout Wales, and the importance of their moving forward with the development of their digital service.
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Peter Hain: My predecessor the right hon. Member for Torfaen maintained regular contact with the National Assembly for Wales and the First Minister on the plight of Allied Steel and Wire and of its workers.
He recently met South Wales representatives of the National Association of British Steel Pensioners together with my right hon. Friend, the member for Aberavon, to listen to their concerns about law reform.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many referrals for suspected benefit fraud were generated by his most recent television advertising campaign; and what proportion of these resulted in (a) a full investigation and (b) successful prosecution or other penalty. 
Malcolm Wicks: Referrals come to the Department from many sources and it is not possible to identify separately those generated by the television advertising campaign. The primary objectives of the Targeting Fraud campaign are to positively reinforce honest behaviour, to create a climate of intolerance to benefit fraud and to undermine its social acceptability, rather than specifically to invite fraud referrals. Evaluation shows that public attitudes are moving in a positive direction as a result of the campaign.
Malcolm Wicks: The amount of the award which may currently be paid to a postmaster who reports a case of suspected instrument of payment fraud is #10.00. In cases where Post Office staff show exceptional diligence, a reward of #25.00 may be considered. There are no current plans to increase these amounts.
Malcolm Wicks: The draft Order to enable claims for child benefit to be made was approved by both Houses inJuly. From October 28 2002 our customers are able to make a claim or report a change of circumstances electronically via the internet.
Mr. McNulty: The list of successful bidders for Starter Home Initiative Round 2 funding and the allocations made to each one are set out in the table below. Some of the bidders are assisting key workers across a number of local authority areas.
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|Bidder||Funding allocation #s|
|Boleyn and Forest Housing Society||1,705,650|
|Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association||1,291,500|
|Metropolitan Home Ownership||735,000|
|Moat Home Ownership||3,486,000|
|Aldwyck Housing Association||840,000|
|Swaythling Housing Society||2,142,000|
|Apex Housing Group||188,100|
|Midsummer Housing Association||103,000|
|Northcote Housing Association||1,055,750|
|Southern Housing Home Ownership||1,921,500|
|Airways Home Ownership||882,000|
|Thames Valley Housing Association||1,218,000|
|Signpost Housing Association||945,000|
|Western Challenge Housing Association||420,000|
|Sarsen Housing Association||472,500|
|Knightstone Housing Society||220,500|
|Devon and Cornwall Housing Association||105,000|
|Touchstone Housing Association||262,500|
|Angevin Specialist Homes||100,000|
The Starter Home Initiative is assisting primarily teachers in schools, police, nurses and other health workers to buy their first home. Bids for Starter Home Initiative funding were also invited to assist other key workers, and as a result some social workers, care workers, occupational therapists, fire fighters and transport workers are also being assisted. Huw
Mr. Drew: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with rural organisations on the subject of developing the capacity of parish and town councils to handle more of the planning process. 
Mr. McNulty: The Deputy Prime Minister has had a number of discussions with rural organisations, including the Countryside Agency, where he has discussed the role of parish councils in the planning process.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's officials have also had discussions with the Countryside Agency and the National Association of Local Councils on the role of parish and town councils more generally.
Mr. McNulty: Figures for the actual provision of affordable housing in Salisbury constituency including all new affordable housing as at 1st April for each year for the period 19972002, are as follows:
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Llew Smith: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on (a) events organised for, (b) planned release of documents at and (c) number of registrants for the Urban Simmit in Birmingham at the end of October. 
Mr. McNulty: The Urban Summit will be held on 31 October and 1 November at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. The Summit will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers and panel sessions, as well as 28 Themed Sessions, nine site visits and over 20 fringe events. All announcements regarding documents to be published at the Summit will take place shortly. The Urban Summit is for 1500 delegates and all places have been allocated.
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