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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date Mike Burt (a) ceased to be the head of procurement practice and development at HM Treasury and (b) became Chief Executive of Cityjobs.com plc. 
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Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 12 July 2000]: The Treasury is involved in a wide range of cross- departmental initiatives. Fifteen cross-departmental reviews were conducted as part of Spending Review 2000 and are listed on page 101 of the Spending Review 2000 White Paper. Each review was conducted by an interdepartmental team, including Treasury officials.
Technical Note No. 3, "How to Appoint and Manage Advisers", issued by the former Treasury taskforce, sets out best practice in this area. It suggests that accounting officers may wish to take the guidance into account in accordance with their responsibilities on value for money.
Procurement Guidance No. 3, "Appointment of Consultants and Contractors", issued by the former procurement group of HM Treasury, provides advice on how to achieve value for money in the appointment of consultants and contractors.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the small business community in Scotland regarding the additional responsibilities placed on small businesses through Government fiscal policy, with special reference to the Working Families Tax Credit. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 17 July 2000]: The Inland Revenue has been consulting employer representatives, including those from the small business community, since May 1998 with the aim of minimising any additional costs to employers who pay tax credits through the payroll. This consultation process is ongoing.
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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of 16 and 17-year-olds who work full-time (a) in the UK, (b) in Teesside Region and (c) in the constituency of Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East. 
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Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 11 July 2000, Official Report, column 508W, concerning targets for answering parliamentary questions, if he will list the performance of his Department in financial year 1999-2000 against each of the targets; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The Treasury's targets for answering parliamentary questions relate to parliamentary sessions not financial years. We are on track to meet our targets in the 1999-2000 session: 62 per cent. of named day questions have been answered on time; 75 per cent. of ordinary written questions; and 93 per cent. of House of Lords written questions.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 13 July 2000, Official Report, column 689W, what estimate he has made of the correlation coefficient of the UK against the growth rates of (a) the USA, (b) France and (c) Germany; and if he will make a statement. 
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|Surplus on current budget (1), (1)|
|Effect of revision/forecasting changes||3.1||7||8||6||4||1||--|
|Effect of policy measures||--||--||-1||-1||-1||-1||--|
|Effect of revision/forecasting changes||0.3||7.5||6||11||10||8||9|
|Effect of policy measures||--||--||-3||-9||-10||-12||-12|
|Net borrowing(1), (1)|
|Effect of revision/forecasting changes||-1.5||-6||-7||-5||-3||0||--|
|Effect of policy measures||--||--||1||1||1||1||--|
|Effect of revision/forecasting changes||-0.3||-8.4||-6||-13||-10||-8||-9|
|Effect of policy measures||--||--||4||12||13||16||16|
(1) Excluding windfall tax receipts and associated spending
(1) The 1998-99 figures were estimates in Budget 99
(1) Figures may not sum due to rounding
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