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Audit Commission

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 4 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mobile phones or pagers owned by the Audit Commission have been lost by its staff since 1997. [115501]

Information on the numbers of Audit Commission-owned mobile phones and pagers which have been lost or stolen is not available prior to 2001–02; since then the Commission has maintained a register to record all lost items, and no mobile phones or pagers have yet been recorded as lost.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times Audit Commission staff have travelled abroad at public expense since 1997; what countries they visited; and what the total cost of each visit was. [115503]

Information on the number of visits abroad by Audit Commission staff and the cost of each visit is not collected separately. Foreign travel is seldom undertaken by Commission staff. When it is, it is only for specific Audit Commission business purposes. Most

Homeless households housed by local authorities in Bed and Breakfast accommodation (including shared facility annexes) as at 31 December 2002
All householdsHouseholds with dependent children
Total (in April 2001)Homeless in bed and breakfastRate per thousandTotal (in April 2001)Homeless in bed and breakfast1Rate per thousand
North East1,066,000900.08318,000200.06
Yorkshire and the Humber2,065,0004100.20618,0001000.16
East Midlands1,732,0001900.11514,0001000.19
West Midlands2,154,000800.04662,000400.06
South East23,287,0001,3400.41960,0005600.58
South West22,086,0001,5500.74570,0006401.12
1 The count of homeless households also includes those with an expectant mother, but no dependent children.
2 As figures for homeless households in B&B have been updated to reflect late returns and revisions, they differ very slightly from those published in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 's Statistical Release (Supplementary Tables) of 13 March 2003.


The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister PIE housing activity return (quarterly); 2001 Census

overseas travel is undertaken at the request and at the expense of host organisations who are keen for the Commission to share its knowledge and experience, mainly through conferences and symposiums.