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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will publish figures for the number of empty council houses, broken down by region, in England, for each year since 1997. 
|Yorkshire and the Humber||12,200||12,800||14,000||15,400||14,600|
A level of vacancy is a usual feature of housing management, reflecting turnover and movement within the stock. There is likely to be some variation in the proportion of dwellings vacant in a local authority from one date to another during the year.
Housing Investment Programme (HIP) returns.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, pursuant to his answer on 5 March 2002, Ref: 39179, what information he collates on the funding of non- Governmental organisations by his Department, with particular reference to those operating on a regional level; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Whitehead: The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions does not hold information centrally on the proportion of its various budgets which go to organisations operating in the charity/voluntary sector.
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Phil Sawford: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) what provisions have been made to maintain access to public footpaths after the construction of the A6 Rothwell/ Desborough bypass; 
Mr. Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will list the elderly personal social services standard spending assessment per person aged 65 and over for Stoke-on- Trent adjusted for inflation each year since 199899. 
|Elderly, personal social services SSA per person aged 65 and over(1)||Year-on-year percentage change|
(1) At 200203 prices: £ per person
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions in how many cases the British Transport police have acted on the basis of out-of-date arrest warrants since 1999; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jamieson: The British Transport police have advised that no record is kept of when an arrest is made using an invalid warrant, but since 1999 three civil claims have been made against the force for unlawful arrest regarding the arrest warrant used.
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John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many rail freight services have been cancelled as a result of the SNCF channel tunnel restrictions. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many and what proportion of the staff of his Department are (a) job sharing, (b) term working and (c) engaged in another form of flexible working. 
Dr. Whitehead: I refer the hon. Member to my answer given on 11 March 2002, Official Report, column 742W. Information specifically on job sharers, term working and other forms of flexible working is not held centrally and can be produced only at disproportionate cost.
|199192||DOT and DOE||6,020,891|
|199293||DOT and DOE||5,883,013|
|199394||DOT and DOE||5,074,426|
|199495||DOT and DOE||4,519,596|
|199596||DOT and DOE||4,316,044|
|199697||DOT and DOE||4,095,629|
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what progress he has made in introducing the national minimum half-fare scheme for pensioners with respect to coach travel; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Keeble: We believe the answer to the problems caused by gazumping lie in increasing transparency and speeding up the home buying and selling process. That is what our proposals for sellers' packs will achieve. Sellers' packs will bring about earlier certainty and reduce the
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the total expenditure to date has been from the budget of the new deal for communities in Kings Norton; and what have been the main achievements. 
The west midlands police have seconded an officer to the NDC team. Beats have been redrawn to better reflect the needs of the area, and an additional eight officers are employed on the estates at no cost to the NDC.
Cadbury college has significantly increased the numbers of residents participating in adult education from 30 to over 300 through outreach courses. It has successfully bid for DfES funding for a UK on-line centre, which will come on stream during 2002.
Primrose hill community project, funded by the NDC, is the main provider of nursery care. It provides 80 day places, 20 after school places and employs five residents as early learning assistants. Fifteen residents have NVQ qualifications in child care.
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