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Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, will receive a reply to his letters to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury dated 18 May, 29 June and 2 August. 
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2000, Official Report, column 74W, if he will place supporting documentation and information on ministerial directions since 1990 in the Library; if he will publish the text of each justification given by the Minister for each of these directions; and if he will make a statement. 
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Dawn Primarolo: Following an advert in the Official Journal of the European Community on 26 May 2000, two contracts were awarded in September 2000 to undertake the first studies in this research programme.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place the representations he has received on the consultation document "Our Stake in Our Future" in the Library; and if he will make a statement on progress in the consultation. 
Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the name and qualifications of the representative of the United Kingdom on the Board of the European Investment Bank and the United Kingdom institutions or persons to which he is responsible; what part (a) that person and (b) Her Majesty's Government plays in the nomination and appointment of the (i) president and (ii) vice-president of that bank; what changes have (A) occurred and (B) are about to occur in that office; and what representations he has received concerning the filling of such vacancies. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The governing bodies of the European Investment Bank consist of the Board of Governors, Board of Directors and Management Committee, as set out in the Bank's Statute (a Protocol to the EC Treaty). The United Kingdom representative on the Board of Governors is the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The UK members of the Board of Directors are listed in the EIB's Annual Report, a copy of which is in the Library. The UK members are nominated by the Chancellor and appointed by the Board of Governors.
The resident Management Committee of the Bank comprises the President and seven Vice-Presidents. Appointments are made by the Board of Governors on a proposal from the Board of Directors. In order to ensure a balance of Vice-Presidents from different member states the Board of Directors considers for appointment a candidate nominated by the Governor of a particular member state. The candidate nominated is a matter for the Governor concerned.
Mr. Fraser: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of IR35 on the Government's efforts (a) to encourage more skilled IT workers into the country and (b) to tackle social exclusion. 
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Miss Melanie Johnson: As was stated in the technical note "Corporation Tax: Chargeable Gains: Deferral Relief for Substantial Shareholdings" published by the Inland Revenue on 23 June 2000, our intention is to publish the draft clauses at the time of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor's pre-Budget Report. This will be on 8 November 2000.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his policy towards measures outlined in COM (2000) 507; and what changes to UK (a) practice and (b) law are supported by the Government. 
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 28 July 2000, Official Report, column 1011W, concerning taxation of incomes exceeding £100,000 a year (a) what assumptions underlay his estimate of an increase of £200 million per annum for subsequent years and (b) when he will next be able to update the information in his answer. 
Dawn Primarolo: As stated in the previous reply, the estimates were based on the Survey of Personal Incomes and are consistent with the economic assumptions at the time of the March 2000 Budget, as published in the "Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report and Financial Statement and Budget Report".
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 31 October 2000]: Estimates of the number of families in each parliamentary constituency in receipt of the Working Families-Tax Credit (WFTC) at the end of May, based on five per cent. sample awards, are shown at Table 9.4 in the WFTC Quarterly Enquiry for May 2000. A copy has been placed in the Library.
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Mr. Reed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received about tax relief and tax exemptions for community and amateur sports clubs; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: There are currently three cases concerning the application of the Tour Operators' Margin Scheme (TOMS) which are waiting to be considered by the VAT & Duties Tribunal or the Court of Appeal. It is therefore appropriate to await the outcome of these cases before deciding upon any substantive changes to the way in which the TOMS is applied.
Dawn Primarolo: The Government's views on taxation and electronic commerce were set out in "Electronic Commerce: The UK's Taxation Agenda" published by the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise in November 1999. Copies were placed in the Library at the time of publication.
Dawn Primarolo: A research study into Income Tax Self-Assessment inquiries has been carried out jointly by the Inland Revenue and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. The results will be published in due course.
Dawn Primarolo: Following Customs' discussions with the home care sector, details of the proposed Extra Statutory Concession on the VAT liability of home care will be available when the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry lays before Parliament revised regulations governing the conduct of the private recruitment industry.
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