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Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority is carrying out an investigation into the implications of the proposed acquisition by Halifax plc of the operations of Equitable Life and its implications for policyholders. 
Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 15 February 2001]: We understand that the FSA is working closely with Equitable Life and the Halifax to ensure that the proposal meets the FSA's regulatory criteria and that it protects the interests of policyholders.
Dawn Primarolo: An estimate of the number of families in Lancashire eligible to claim the Children's Tax Credit (CTC) is unavailable, but an estimate of the number of families in North West Government Office Region who will be eligible to claim CTC is 625,000.
(3) if he has (a) sought and (b) been granted permission by the EU to introduce a user charge for foreign lorries. 
Mr. Timms: Officials from the Treasury are continuing to discuss with others how a user charge might operate, bearing in mind the experience of other countries that operate similar schemes. European Community law permits member states to introduce user charges for goods vehicles.
Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2000, Official Report, column 622W, concerning VAT on church repairs, if he will set out details of the special arrangements to help congregations pay for repairs to listed buildings. 
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Mr. Rapson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many retirement pensioners are liable to pay income tax; at what rates; and what proportion each group represents of total retirement pensioners. 
|Estimates for 2000-01||Number of pension age(77) taxpayers (million)(78)||Percentage of pension age(77) population|
(77) Women aged 60 or over, men aged 65 or over
(78) Estimates rounded to the nearest 100,000
(79) Taxpayers with a marginal rate at the 10 per cent. starting rate from an extra £1 of earnings.
(80) Taxpayers with a marginal rate at the 20 per cent. lower rate for savings income or the 10 per cent. ordinary dividend rate from an extra £1 of earnings.
(81) Taxpayers with a marginal rate at the basic rate from an extra £1 of earnings.
(82) Taxpayers with taxable income above the higher rate threshold.
The estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes and consistent with the November 2000 pre-Budget report.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to include (a) English, (b) Scottish, (c) Welsh and (d) Northern Ireland tick boxes to indicate nationality on the next census form; and if he will make a statement. 
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In the course of updating the PFI information, errors in Tables C14, C15 and C16 of FSBR 2000 came to light, arising from mistranscription of data. I am placing corrected copies of these tables in the Library today.
Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the individuals, firms and financial institutions to which gold was sold by the Bank of England in auctions conducted since 1 January 1997; and if he will show in each case the amount of gold sold. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Details of individuals, firms and financial institutions to which gold was sold are commercially confidential. Information on entitlement to bid is set out in the Bank of England's "Information Memorandum: HM Government's Gold Auction Programme 2000-01", published on 3 March 2000, copies of which are in the Library.
Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the individuals, firms and financial institutions to which the Bank of England loaned and leased gold between 1995 and 1999; and if he will show in each case the amount of gold loaned or leased. 
Mr. Gill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what officials were instructed to tell other EU Governments in respect of Britain's national changeover plan for the single currency and its timing. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The second Outline National Changeover plan was published on 9 March 2000. On 10 March, copies of the plan were sent to the European Commission for distribution to other EU Governments.
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Kingdom's net contribution in 1999-2000, together with the Government's latest forecast in respect of 2000-01, can be found at footnote 1 to Table B17 of the Pre-Budget Report (Cm 4917) published in November 2000.
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