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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the Department spent on (a) maintenance, (b) renovation, (c) council tax and (d) running costs of residential properties used by Ministers and officials in each year since 1997. 
Ruth Kelly: Admiralty House contains residential accommodation for Ministers and the occupying Departments are responsible for relevant costs associated with each of the residential flats. No Cabinet Office Ministers are currently accommodated in Admiralty House. The Cabinet Office is responsible for costs associated with the common parts, as well as for maintaining the fabric of the entire building.
The Cabinet Office's share of the running costs of Admiralty House (i.e. excluding the appropriate share of the costs from the occupying Departments) for 200304 was £383,109. For information, I refer the hon. Member to the response given on 19 November 2003, Official Report, column 879W.
During 200304, three Cabinet Office officials were occupying accommodation in residential properties in the grounds of the Emergency Planning College in Easingwold. The number of properties varied from month to month. One flat was occupied by an official working at the Emergency Planning College on detached duty. The other occupants paid a market rent for the properties, established by independent valuers appointed by the Office of Government Commerce. Records are not held separately of the maintenance, renovation and running costs associated with these properties in particular and these costs could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The council tax for 200304 associated with the property occupied by the individual on detached duty was approximately £205.
Since 13 May 2002, when the Cabinet Office entered into a PPP contract with Initial Style Conferences Limited (ISC) for the latter to provide a range of services
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at the Centre for Management Policy Studies College at Sunningdale, the Department has incurred no costs in providing residential properties to Ministers or officials.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for New Forest, East for named day reply on 25 October 2004, ref.193672. 
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what her estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress in reducing waiting times for drug rehabilitation assistance in (a) south Somerset and (b) Somerset; and if he will make a statement. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The National Treatment Agency (NTA) set national waiting time targets for drug treatment services in December 2001. The average waiting time figures for Somerset in December 2001, the current waiting times and the national waiting time targets set for April 2004 are shown in the table. Data on waiting times is only routinely collected at drug action team (DAT) level, so I am not able to provide specific data in relation to south Somerset.
|Modality||December 2001||NTA national waiting time targetApril 2004||September 2004|
|General practitioner prescribing||13||2||3|
Agencies who are partners in Somerset DAT have plans in place to develop a new structured day programme in order to provide problem drug users resident in Somerset with access to the full range of treatment modalities in the county.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the waiting time between assessment and prescribing for people wanting help to avoid reliance on illegal drugs in Yeovil constituency; and if he will make a statement. 
However, the latest average waiting times in Somerset, of which Yeovil is a part for specialist and general practitioner prescribing services, is shown in the table. For comparison, I have shown the latest figures against the average waiting times in December 2001, when the National Treatment Agency (NTA) set national waiting time targets for drugs treatment services, which are also shown.
|Specialist prescribing||GP prescribing|
|NTA national waiting time target April|
The Department informed ambulance services and their commissioners in January 2002 that the cost of clinical staff on air ambulances should from 1 April 2002 be met by the national health service on a continuing basis.
The Department has issued guidance on "Use of military helicopters by the NHS" [HSG(97)33] and this is available on the Department's website at:
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www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/LettersAnd Circulars/HealthServiceGuidelines/HealthService GuidelinesArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4018355&chk= eziOGO.
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of staff working in accident and emergency departments in hospitals in the Greater London area have been assaulted by members of the general public during the last 12 months. 
Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is collected at national health service organisation level, rather than for individual accident and emergency departments. Information on the number of reported violent incidents against NHS staff for the NHS organisations within the five London strategic health authority areas for 200203 is shown in the table.
|London||Strategic health authority (SHA) or NHS trust||15,421|
|Q04||North West London SHA||3,308|
|Q05||North Central London SHA||2,531|
|Q06||North East London SHA||1,811|
|Q07||South East London SHA||3,424|
|Q08||South West London SHA||2,136|
|RRU||London Ambulance Service NHS Trust||2,211|
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