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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had, with which bodies, in respect of the year 2000 Spending Review on local government; and if he will publish the minutes of meetings relating to this. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Spending Review is internal to Government; there are no formal consultations with outside bodies. However, over the last year I have discussed the needs of local government in Wales with a number of organisations including the Welsh Local Government Association, and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary has met with representatives of 20 of the 22 local authorities in Wales. These meetings have given me a sound understanding of the funding needs for local government ahead of the 2000 Spending Review. It is of course a matter for the National Assembly for Wales to decide how it spends the settlement it has received.
|Alyn and Deeside||385||403|
|Vale of Glamorgan||306||353|
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|Isle of Anglesey||417||424||477||534|
|Neath Port Talbot||546||621||692||750|
|Vale of Glamorgan||435||443||495||532|
|Rhondda Cynon Taff||500||560||611||686|
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the assets transferred to Cardiff county council included within the Memorandum of Understanding between the Welsh Office and Cardiff county council on 1 April 1999 indicating what each related to and which minister was responsible for negotiating the transfer. 
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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans there are to develop the land, to Ferry Road, included within the memorandum of understanding between his Department and Cardiff county council of 1 April 1999; what estimates were made of the cost of this land at the time of the transfer; and what is the estimated current cost of this land. 
Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list each group that is responsible to his Department, with significant and plural membership from outside the Civil Service, and to which the Nolan rules on non-departmental public bodies do not apply and for each such group, if it (a) is a company limited by guarantee, (b) is a charity, (c) has no formal legal basis, and (d) has some other legal basis giving details. 
Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary about the implementation of working families tax credit; and if he will make a statement. 
Progress with the implementation of WFTC has been very encouraging. At the end of April, it is estimated that 62,000 families in Wales were receiving WFTC--12,000 more than were receiving Family Credit at its peak.
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This includes expenditure by the Welsh Office as well as expenditure for the benefit of Wales by Whitehall departments. Figures for the total identifiable expenditure in Wales for 1999-2000 and for the current year have not yet been complied by the Treasury.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2000, Official Report, column 998W, to the hon. Member for Northavon (Mr. Webb), if he will recalculate the figures using data from the 1998-99 Family Expenditure Survey. 
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|Quintile groups of households(1)|
|Total direct taxes||12||14||18||21||24||21|
|Total indirect taxes||28||21||19||17||12||16|
|Duty on petrol/oil||3||2||2||2||1||2|
|Duty on tobacco||3||2||2||1||--||1|
|Duty on alcohol||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Other indirect taxes(1)||10||8||7||6||4||6|
(1) Households are ranked by equivalised disposable income.
(1) Income tax is net of tax relief on mortgage interest and life assurance premiums.
(1) National Insurance Contributions.
(1) Council tax, domestic rates and water charges after deducting discounts, council tax benefits and rates rebates.
(1) Includes intermediate taxes, vehicle excise duty and lottery and betting taxes.
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