§ Mr. James Paice
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, (1) pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2002,Official Report, column 130W, if the proposals for retained firefighters' pay as described in the Fire Employers statement of 13 November would enable individual retained firefighters to assess the impact of their proposals on their own annual income; 627W
(2) pursuant to his answer of 9 December 2002, Official Report, column 130W, if he will provide the calculations and assumptions from which he derived the typical increase for retained firefighters being 6.4 per cent. more than wholetime firefighters; 
(3) how many hours per annum he estimates (a) a Leading Retained Firefighter and (b) a Retained Firefighter of two years' service would need to work at the hourly rates detailed in the Fire Employers' Statement of 13 November in order to compensate for the combined effects of the alterations to the Annual Retaining Fee, the Turn-out fee and the Attendance fee detailed in the same statement. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The local government employers have informed the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister officials that they calculated this figure on the basis that, under the deal outlined in the Fire Brigades Employers Circular of 12 NovemberThe Retained hourly rate would have been equal to the wholetime hourly rateThe Retaining Fee would have been 10 per cent. of the wholetime annual rateThe Turn-out fee would have been 1.25 per cent. of the wholetime hourly rateThe Attendance fee would have been 0.75 per cent. of the wholetime hourly rateBut under the deal the current Turn-out fee of £13.93 would have been frozen, until the Turn-out fee calculated on the new basis reached this level.The local government employers have informed the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister officials that under this deal the pay of wholetime firefighters would have risen; and any increases in wholetime rates would have raised retained rates, because they would have been linked.
The local government employers have also informed Office of the Deputy Prime Minister officials that this would have led to the typical increase for retained firefighters being 6.4 per cent. more than that for wholetime firefighters. The Fire Brigades Union rejected this deal.
The information which the local government employers have supplied to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister officials, as described, should allow individual retained firefighters to assess the impact of the proposals on their own annual income. Ultimately, however, it is dependent on the individual retained firefighter's workload.
Households in England: difference, from bedroom standard1 by tenure (average 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02) thousands Owner occupied Social rented Privately rented All tenures 1 below Equal or below Total 2 or more below 1 below Equal or above Total 2 or more below 1 below Equal or above Total 2 or more below 1 below Equal or above Total Government Office region North East 8 673 681 1 7 332 340 0 2 73 75 1 17 1,078 1,096 North West 29 1,953 1,985 2 22 577 601 1 5 234 239 6 56 2,763 2,825 Yorks and Humber 15 1,393 1,411 1 14 471 486 1 8 196 205 4 37 2,060 2,102