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Barnett Formula

Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if EU funds for transport improvements in Scotland have been (a) paid in addition to or (b) included in, the Barnett Formula settlement in each year since 1997. [129800]

Dr. Reid: I have been asked to reply:

Public expenditure funded by the European Union for transport improvements in Scotland has been provided for in the Scottish Block (now the Scottish Assigned Budget). The level of provision is determined with regard to plans agreed with the Commission and to the submission of claims by project sponsors.

The Barnett Formula is a mechanism for determining aggregate expenditure provision for the Assigned Budget, by providing an increase in total provision over current

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plans equivalent to a population-based share of increases in England on comparable programmes.


Government Cars

Mr. Burden: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will list by Department the numbers of cars in the Government car fleet, broken down by make of car and country of manufacture. [126550]

Mr. Ian McCartney: Information for cars operated by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, on behalf of the Government as a whole, and the Cabinet Office is set out in the table. Some Departments, such as the Department of Social Security and the Inland Revenue, operate cars in addition to those on the list but details of the make and the country of origin are not held centrally.

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As at 13 July 2000

Rover Jaguar Ford
Cabinet Office1------2--32--
Crown Prosecution Service------------1----
Department for Culture, Media and Sport------------3----
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions--------1--5----
Department for Education and Employment--21--1--4----
Department for International Development------------1----
Department of Social Security1----------4----
Department for Trade and Industry11--------1----
Export Credit Guarantee Department------------------
Foreign and Commonwealth Office------------3----
Department of Health----1------3----
HM Treasury2----------1----
Home Office------------2----
Law Officer's Department1----------------
Lord Chancellor's Department1--------3----
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food------------3----
Ministry of Defence------------------
Northern Ireland Office--------1--1----
Office of the Rail Regulator------------------
Office of Government Commerce------------1----
Privy Council Office2----------1----
Scotland Office11--------------
Treasury Solicitor--1--------------
Wales Office------------1----
Sub total10520504120

(1) Includes security vehicles

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As at 13 July 2000

Vauxhall Nissan
Cabinet Office5124----20
Crown Prosecution Service------------1
Department for Culture, Media and Sport11--------5
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions11------19
Department for Education and Employment--1--------9
Department for International Development11--------3
Department of Social Security--1--------6
Department for Trade and Industry--2------27
Export Credit Guarantee Department1----------1
Foreign and Commonwealth Office1--------15
Department of Health12----18
HM Treasury--3--------6
Home Office--3--------5
Law Officer's Department------------1
Lord Chancellor's Department------------4
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food1--------15
Ministry of Defence1----------1
Northern Ireland Office--2--------4
Office of the Rail Regulator1----------1
Office of Government Commerce------------1
Privy Council Office------------3
Scotland Office------------2
Treasury Solicitor------------1
Wales Office1----------2
Sub total15182406110

(1) Includes security vehicles

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Agenda Computer System

Mr. Baker: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to her answer of 23 June 2000, Official Report, column 306W, regarding the Agenda computer system, what the non-IT costs were with regard to the Agenda computer system in each year since it became operational in February 1998. [129721]

Mr. Ian McCartney: The non-IT costs incurred by my Department in supporting the Agenda system since it became operational in February 1998 are summarised in the table:

Financial year£
2000 to date9,621

Civil Servants (Television Appearances)

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what rules govern the appearance of civil servants on television programmes about politics. [130720]

Marjorie Mowlam: Civil servants appearing on the radio or on television must comply with the requirements of the Civil Service Code and the Civil Service Management Code.

Mileage Rates

Mr. Efford: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans she has to review the mileage rates paid to civil service staff who use their own cars to carry out contractual duties, with particular reference to bringing these rates in line with the Inland Revenue's fixed profit car scheme. [131345]

Mr. Stringer: Motor mileage rates for civil servants who use their own cars on official business are not set centrally. Departments and agencies have delegated authority to reimburse the expenses incurred by their own staff in connection with their employment.

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