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Climate Change Levy

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to exempt horticulture from the climate change levy. [102988]

Mr. Timms: The Government believe that all sectors of the economy must play their part in helping tackle the problem of climate change. So there will not be complete exemptions from the climate change levy for particular firms or sectors. However, like other sectors, firms in the horticulture sector will be able to take advantage of the proposed exemptions from the levy for electricity generated from 'new' forms of renewable energy and in 'good quality' combined heat and power plants, and the enhanced capital allowances for firms making energy saving investments. All sectors will also benefit from the lower overall rates for the levy announced by the Chancellor in his Pre-Budget Report.

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the projected receipts from the climate change levy and (b) the projected level of national insurance refunds in each of the Government standard regions; and if he will make a statement. [102861]

Mr. Timms: The climate change levy is designed to be revenue neutral for the private sector as a whole, with all the revenues raised being fully recycled back to business through a cut in employers' National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and additional support for energy efficiency measures. The levy package is also expected to be broadly neutral between manufacturing and services.

It is not possible to say what the exact final impact of the levy package on specific regions will be. That will depend on a number of factors, including the future energy consumption of firms in the region, the level of employment in those firms, the number of energy

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intensive sectors in the region that are eligible to receive a discount on the main rates of the levy by signing up to an energy efficiency agreement, what use firms in the region make of electricity generated from 'new' renewable sources of energy and in 'good quality' combined heat and power plants, and the extent to which firms in the region take advantage of the proposed introduction of a system of enhanced capital allowances for energy saving investments.

Excise Duty (Fuel)

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the impact on exchequer income of reducing the excise duty on lead replacement fuel to the level for unleaded fuel. [102774]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The cost of a reduction in the excise duty on lead replacement fuel to that of unleaded fuel in 2000-01 is estimated at £45 million.

Personal Pensions

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was received by the Exchequer in each of the financial years 1994-95 to 1998-99 as a result of the reinstatement of public service employees who were mis-sold personal pensions into public service pension schemes. [102796]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Public service pension schemes first received receipts in 1996-97 to pay for the reinstatement of employees identified under Phase 1 of the mis-selling review as having been mis-sold personal pensions. Receipts from this source, which are matched by future benefits to pensioners, have been received in all subsequent years but not all of the unfunded schemes financed from the Exchequer have separately identified receipts from this source throughout this period. With the exception of the NHS Pensions Scheme, the profile of Exchequer receipts relating to the main public service pension schemes is estimated as follows:

Year£ million

In addition, receipts relating to the NHS Pensions Scheme up to the end of 1998-99 totalled approximately £500 million, of which £227 million was received between August 1998 and March 1999, and the balance between October 1996 and July 1998. A more detailed breakdown of these receipts could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. These figures exclude receipts by public service pension schemes which are not financed by the Exchequer, such as the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 December 1999, Official Report, column 448W, if he will provide a breakdown of receipts in respect of public service employees mis-sold personal pensions being reinstated into public service

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pension schemes, including the (a) number of employees involved, (b) public sector schemes of which they were members and (c) average payment. [102815]

Mr. Andrew Smith: The estimates given in my earlier answer, of receipts of £100 million to 160 million in this financial year and each of the following three financial years, were global estimates as detailed forecasting would not be productive given the uncertainties about the number of cases of mis-selling which Phase 2 of the review will identify, how restitution will be made and how fast cases will be dealt with. Receipts relating to reinstatements, mainly from Phase 1 of the review, in the current financial year are now expected to be approximately £195 million, bringing cumulative receipts up to the end of 1999-2000 to about £850 million. The latest estimate of receipts in the following three years is £100 million to 200 million a year. This is based on an expectation of receipts of about £95 million next year from schemes other than the NHS, with no certainty about the level of receipts thereafter. In addition, it is estimated that the NHS Pensions Scheme will receive about £300 million in respect of Phase 2 cases, based on an expectation that some 50,000 cases will require reinstatement to the NHS Pensions Scheme at an average cost of £6,000 each. The NHS Phase 2 receipts are assumed to be spread evenly over the next three years.

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Winter Deaths

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the excess winter deaths for each English region, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1998-99. [100919]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Steve Webb, dated 20 December 1999:

    Excess winter deaths are defined by the ONS as the difference between the number of deaths during the four winter months (December to March) and the average number of deaths during the preceding autumn (August to November) and the following summer (April to July).

    Figures for Scotland are now the responsibility of the Scottish Executive. Figures are provided in the attached table for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Numbers of excess winter deaths can vary greatly from year to year, depending, for example, on the winter's severity or the occurrence of infectious disease epidemics. Figures are therefore presented for years 1988/89 to 1998/99. The figures for the final year are provisional.

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Excess winter mortality by standard region of usual residence, 1988-89 to 1998-99, England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Standard region1988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-99 (29)
Yorks and Humberside2,3104,6603,6503,9802,4703,1202,7904,0404,5502,4604,870
North West3,5306,9005,4604,6503,7002,6103,4005,2205,9602,5507,080
East Midlands1,6503,5403,0403,1502,1802,4702,3302,9303,5402,0004,200
West Midlands2,2004,8904,0503,3702,5902,4102,3104,1604,5302,4504,990
East Anglia1,1801,7701,7001,2001,1201,1501,1801,6002,1401,0702,250
South East6,38014,47011,93010,7408,3608,6909,31013,24016,4507,20014,730
South West1,8305,1103,9103,3502,1902,5902,8404,1405,0602,2304,300
Northern Ireland350-1,170900960410640660802306001,180

(29) Provisional

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