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star this property date less than 2013-11-04more like thismore than 2013-11-04
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding was allocated from Homes and Community Agency to (a) develop new affordable housing and (b) bring empty homes back into use in Harrow in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
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Mr Gareth Thomas more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Thursday 7 November 2013]</em></p><p>The figures for affordable housing are as follows for the London Borough of Harrow area:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>£22 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>£45 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>£26 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>£15 million</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>£13 million</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Since April 2012, allocations from the Affordable Housing Programme have been overseen by the Greater London Authority rather than the Homes and Communities Agency. There have been no specific allocations on empty homes over this period.</p><p>As outlined to the hon. Member in the answer of 7 January 2013, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 121W, I would note that the new Affordable Rent model now allows for more affordable housing to be delivered with lower levels of taxpayer capital subsidy and lever in more private investment.</p><p>As the National Audit Office has observed: “The Department selected the best delivery model open to it for the funds it had available” and “The Department has so far achieved its policy objective to maximise the number of homes delivered within the available grant funding” (National Audit Office, “Financial viability of the social housing sector; introducing the Affordable Homes Programme”, 4 July 2012, HC465, pp.6-7).</p><p>I also note that the Mayor's proposed Housing Strategy states: “£1.8 billion of public funding has been secured by the Mayor which will unlock an estimated additional £3.7 billion of other investment for London to enable 55,000 affordable homes to be delivered between 2011-15” (Mayor of London, “The Revised London Housing Strategy”, December2011, p.35).</p><p>Across England, 170,000 affordable homes have been delivered so far since April 2010, and a total of £19.5 billion of public and private investment is being spent on affordable housing over the current Spending Review period.</p><p> </p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-04more like thismore than 2014-03-04
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2014, Official Report, column 694W, on polling stations, what assessment he has made of the effect of foreign language translation by local authorities on integration of non-English speakers into their communities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bromley and Chislehurst more like this
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Robert Neill more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>In March 2013, my Department published new guidance for local authorities outlining how councils should stop translating into foreign languages. As outlined in the Written Ministerial Statement of 12 March 2013, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 5WS, such translation weakens integration; discourages communities from learning English; undermines rather than strengthens equality goals; harms community relations; and is an expensive waste of taxpayers' money at a time when councils need to be making sensible savings. It is disappointing that councils like Tower Hamlets have disregarded that guidance, and reflects broader issues with the dysfunctional governance and divisive practices of the council.</p><p>I would add that in light of previous instances of electoral fraud, including impersonation in polling stations, postal voting irregularities and allegations of improper influence, Ministers in this Department have concerns about the practice of allowing foreign language translators/interpreters inside polling stations. The privacy of the ballot must be protected and voters inside a polling station should not be subject to any pressure or influence to vote in a particular way. In that context, the integrity of the ballot box and of the local democratic process requires independent and transparent scrutiny in polling stations by polling agents, council staff, the police and, indeed, passing members of the public who are also voting. This is undermined by polling room administration being conducted in foreign languages.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Neill more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-09more like thismore than 2014-04-09
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will impose a moratorium on processing all planning applications submitted by UK Coal Production Ltd until that body has demonstrated it can meet its obligations on restoration and section 106 contributions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North West Leicestershire more like this
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Andrew Bridgen more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Coal extraction is handled through a locally-led planning process and decisions on planning applications are for the relevant mineral planning authority.</p><p>Schedule 5 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 gives mineral planning authorities the power to impose planning conditions on mineral operators to provide for site restoration and aftercare with their application for minerals extraction. In addition the National Planning Policy Framework and planning guidance allows mineral planning authorities to request financial guarantees from applicants to underpin the conditions covering the restoration and aftercare of a site in exceptional circumstances.</p><p>New Section 106 agreements are negotiated between the developer and the applicant. Existing legislation allows those entering into the planning obligation to specify the date or dates when any required sum is to be paid to the planning authority. Section 106 planning obligation agreements are legally binding, and the mineral planning authority can enforce any breach of an agreement.</p><p> </p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Bridgen more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to improve mobile signal coverage in rural areas by permitting use of their land for mobile network base stations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brigg and Goole more like this
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Andrew Percy more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Local authorities have an active role to play in mobile network deployment by assisting operators to find suitable land and structures. This is set out in the “Code of Best Practice on Mobile Network Development in England”, facilitated by Government, signed by operators, local authorities and other interested parties which was issued in July 2013. It is available at:</p><p><a href="http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/images/stories/2013_Code_of_best_practice/Code_of_Best_Practice_on_Mobile_Network_Development_-_Published_24-07-2013.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.mobilemastinfo.com/images/stories/2013_Code_of_best_practice/Code_of_Best_Practice_on_Mobile_Network_Development_-_Published_24-07-2013.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Percy more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-31more like thismore than 2014-03-31
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department has provided to Lancaster City Council to ensure affordable homes are built in rural areas in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Morecambe and Lunesdale more like this
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David Morris more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>There will be 228 affordable homes delivered in Lancaster area as a result of £6.9 million of government funding through the 2011 to 2015 Affordable Homes Programme of which 27 homes are in rural areas (defined as settlements with populations of less than 3,000 people).</p><p>In 2011-12, half of the affordable homes built outside London were in rural local authorities and we have delivered over 5,000 affordable homes in the smallest rural communities (under 3,000 people) in the first two years of the current programme.</p><p>The Homes and Communities Agency's funding prospectus for the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme sets out how the Agency will continue to pay particular attention to the importance of delivery in rural areas in providing funding. The work of the Agency is also supported by a network of rural champions. The National Planning Policy Framework and Rural Exception Sites also help to address the housing needs of rural communities.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
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star this property label Biography information for David Morris more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-10more like thismore than 2014-04-10
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the planning system gives priority to creating additional school places. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 196238 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Government recognises the importance of building new schools. The National Planning Policy Framework therefore makes clear the importance of planning for new school development in order to ensure that a sufficient choice of school places is available. The Government has also introduced additional permitted development rights to allow the change of use from some existing buildings to a state funded school.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to establish garden city principles in Ebbsfleet. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency City of Durham more like this
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Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>[Holding Reply: Monday 31 March 2014]</em></p><p>We expect the new Ebbsfleet Urban Development Corporation, once established, to develop the vision for Ebbsfleet Garden City in co-operation with local partners.</p><p>We would expect the Corporation, working with local partners and other experts, to consider how accepted Garden Cities principles, such as high quality, imaginative design, the provision of generous green space, mixed tenure homes and a strong local jobs offer, could be delivered in a way appropriate to local needs and circumstances.</p><p>The Government wants Ebbsfleet to set high standards in terms of design quality. The Built for Life principles are industry developed standards for good design. We would look to those coming forward with development proposals at Ebbsfleet to adopt them, and encourage them to be ambitious by aiming for a ‘green' rating.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-03-26more like thismore than 2014-03-26
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 025 of the section entitled Viability in his Department's online National Planning Policy Guidance, what the different funding mechanisms available are. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency City of Durham more like this
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Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 3 April 2014, <em>Official Report</em>, Column 780-782W.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many UK firefighters left the service in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Lothian more like this
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Fiona O'Donnell more like this
star this property uin 195804 more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The following figures refer to England only, any further figures would be a matter for the relevant devolved administration.</p><p> </p><p><em> </em>The total numbers of firefighters leaving fire and rescue authorities in England over the last five years are shown in the table.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>All firefighter leavers from fire and rescue authorities, England</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Wholetime Firefighters</p></td><td><p>Retained Duty System</p></td><td><p>Total</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>1,980</p></td><td><p>1,069</p></td><td><p>3,049</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>1,622</p></td><td><p>1,174</p></td><td><p>2,796</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>1,338</p></td><td><p>1,345</p></td><td><p>2,683</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>1,320</p></td><td><p>1,461</p></td><td><p>2,781</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,190</p></td><td><p>1,500</p></td><td><p>2,690</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Source: Annual returns for fire and rescue authorities in England</em></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Fiona O'Donnell more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-08more like thismore than 2014-04-08
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Department for Communities and Local Government remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many UK firefighters (a) died on duty and (b) sustained accidents leading to medical retirement in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Lothian more like this
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Fiona O'Donnell more like this
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star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The following figures refer to England only, any further figures would be a matter for the relevant devolved administration.</p><p>The number of firefighter deaths on duty are shown in the table.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p><p> </p></td><td><p>Firefighter deaths while on duty, England</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Source: Annual returns for fire and rescue authorities in England</em></p><p>The Department does not collect data on specific accidents leading to medical retirement. It does collect the number of medical discharges each year. To assist the hon. Member these have been provided in the table.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="4"><p>Leavers on Medical Discharge from Fire and Rescue Authorities, England</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Wholetime Firefighters</p></td><td><p>Retained Duty System</p></td><td><p>Total</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>11</p></td><td><p>38</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>47</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>32</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>65</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>51</p></td><td><p>25</p></td><td><p>76</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>55</p></td><td><p>40</p></td><td><p>95</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Source: Annual returns for fire and rescue authorities in England</em></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-28T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Fiona O'Donnell more like this