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NIRS2 Computer

Mr. Fabricant: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost to public funds of the NIRS2 computer problem; and when the backlog of payments arising from this will be cleared. [150502]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 5 March 2001]: The compensation payments made by Inland Revenue and DSS to pension providers and benefit recipients, was £62.6 million to 31 January 2001.

The arrears of work in both DSS and Inland Revenue caused by the delay continue to be cleared as quickly as possible.

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Income Tax

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average change in annual gross income tax paid in absolute terms about a 1 per cent. change in the basic rate of income tax in 2000-01 by income tax payers with

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taxable incomes (a) exceeding £1,520 and lower than £28,400, (b) exceeding £28,400 and lower than £100,000 and (c) exceeding £100,000 a year. [151632]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 5 March 2001]: The full year income tax effects in 2001-02 of making the change is set out in the table.

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Change in 200-01Average change in gross income tax paid in absolute terms from a 1 per cent. change in income tax (£)
For taxpayers with taxable income exceeding £1,520 and lower than £28,40090
For taxpayers with taxable income exceeding £28,400 and lower than £100,000260
For taxpayers with taxable income exceeding £100,000265

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The estimates are based on the Survey of Personal Incomes and consistent with the November 2000 pre- Budget report.

Heavy Goods Vehicles

Mr. Steen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue lost to the Exchequer from United Kingdom-based heavy goods vehicles being licensed abroad in each of the last three years. [151883]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 5 March 2001]: No such estimate is available.

Departmental Policies (Warrington, North)

Helen Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Warrington, North constituency, the effects on Warrington, North of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [152322]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Warrington, North, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, is benefiting from the long-term action we have taken to build economic stability and secure high and stable levels of growth and employment. Since the General Election, claimant unemployment in the constituency has fallen by 638, or 29 per cent., youth unemployment is down by 60 per cent., and long-term unemployment has fallen by 63 per cent.

Macro-economic stability is being complemented at the micro-economic level by the Government's policies to ease the transition from welfare into work and to make work pay. To the end of December 2000, the New Deal for 18 to 24-year-olds had helped 836 young people in the Warrington, North constituency gain valuable skills and experience--382 (46 per cent.) of whom had moved into employment. The Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), introduced in October 1999, is helping to make work pay for low and middle income families. In August 2000, 2,400 families in the constituency were benefiting from WFTC.

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The Government are also committed to developing policies which enable all pensioners to share in the country's rising prosperity. As a result of the recent pre-Budget report, all pensioners, including 14,400 in Warrington, North, will receive an above-inflation increase in the basic state pension from April 2001. Single pensioners will receive an extra £5 per week, and couples will receive an extra £8 a week. All pensioners aged 75 or over have also been entitled to a free TV licence since November 2000--including around 9,400 in Warrington, North.

Unemployment Costs

Mr. Rammell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 31 January 2001, Official Report, column 213W, on unemployment costs, what the cost is to the Exchequer per unemployed person per year in terms of all forgone taxes where the calculation assumes (a) the person to have been on average earnings and (b) the person to have been on average earnings for the manufacturing sector. [152468]

Mr. Andrew Smith: As the extent to which unemployment affects Government revenues depends on a number of assumptions, in particular the extent to which unemployment reflects permanent changes in output growth, no estimates of the effects of unemployment on taxes forgone are available.

Invest to Save Budget

Mr. Ian Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made on the Government's Invest to Save Budget. [152739]

Mr. Andrew Smith: I am pleased to announce that 123 bids from across the public sector have been successful in Round 3 of the Invest to Save Budget, at a cost of £37.0 million in 2001-02, including consequential funding for the devolved Administrations, and £68.4 million in total over the three years to 2003-04. The table describes the winners of this round:

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Lead partnerTitle
Central Government-led projects
Cabinet Officee-learning for the voluntary sector
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)British Library--Citizenship in Schools
DCMSSport via the internet
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)Waterways license database
DETRAir Quality Forecasts for Health
DETRNational Height Model
DETRNet based Control of Hazards
DETRChemical Control for Health and Safety
DETRRent Service e-applications
Department for Education and Employment (DfEE)Testing for dyslexia
DfEETime for citizenship
DfEEInternet Service Provider
DfEEElectronic Marking pilots for QCA
DfEEInteractive Learning Authority
DfEETameside Passport to Learning
Department of Social SecurityAppeals Service on Video
Department of Social SecurityDocument Scanning and e-mail
Department of Social SecurityInternet benefit advice
Department of Social SecurityDigital TV/E-mail Benefit advice
Department of Trade and IndustryOfficial Receivers Office video link with the Courts
Department of Trade and IndustryDebt Advice Pilots
Department of Trade and IndustryBiotechnology portal
Department of Trade and IndustryExport licensing on-line
Department of Trade and IndustryMetrology Connect
HM Customs and ExciseDrug Detection Pilot
Home OfficeNational Internet Portal for the Police
Home OfficePolicing Online in Avon and Somerset
Home OfficeArson reduction initiative
Home OfficeEquality Response
Home OfficeCriminal Case Review e-links
Home OfficeData fraud and personal information
Home OfficeDistraction and Bogus Official Burglaries
Home OfficeTackling anti-social behaviour
Home OfficeAlcohol and Community Safety Proposal
Home OfficeTruancy-Causes-Impact-Cure
Home OfficeMobile Rural Contact Facility
Home OfficeInternet Police Services in Northumbria
Home OfficeTargeting vulnerable groups using GIS
Home OfficeTracking identity through the CJS
Home OfficeShort Term Offenders Programme
Home OfficeNet Drug Training
Home OfficeVideo Conferencing Facilities
Home OfficeRestorative justice for schoolkids
Home OfficeNewham Domestic Violence
Inland RevenueTracing NINO information and preventing fraud
Lord Chancellor's DepartmentJust Ask Consultancy
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF)Use and discharge of chemicals in off-shore industry
MAFFe-Navigation for Fishermen
MAFFJoint Marine Regulation
MAFFElectronic Pesticide Regulation
Ministry of DefenceNHS Forecasting Model
Ministry of DefenceSkill Force youth initiative
Ministry of DefenceDisposal sales
Office of Fair TradingCompetition Act pilot website
Office of Fair TradingShared Information on Consumer Regulations
Ordnance SurveyData Integration for Coastal Mapping
Other public authority-led projects
Ashfield Primary Care GroupInterlinked teams for older people
Association of London Government Transport and Environment Committeee-Parking and Traffic Appeals
Barking and Havering Health AuthorityElectronic register of young people who harm
Barnet Health AuthorityJoined up advice for medical and social problems
Birmingham City CouncilFoster Carers
Bradford City CouncilConsumer focused database
Brent and Harrow Health AuthorityOn-line drug and alcohol service
Brighton and Hove CouncilCity Wide Portal
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough CouncilMulti lingual community information system
Cambridgeshire County CouncilPiloting e-government
Cambridgeshire Health AuthorityNational advice service for relatives of prisoners
Cheltenham Borough CouncilGateway to Public Services in Gloucestershire
Coventry City CouncilPerformance Management Database in Coventry
Croydon Health
Dartford Borough CouncilOn Line licensing process
Department of HealthPilot tool for communications to deaf-blind
Devon County CouncilCareer Portal
Doncaster Health AuthorityPrimary Care as a Community Resource
Dudley Health AuthorityPilot arrest scheme for offenders
East Riding of Yorkshire CouncilWeb Portal for Young People's views
Essex County CouncilLive Community Networks
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough CouncilSeamless process for Discharge of Patients
Isle of Wight CouncilAutistic Children
Kennet District CouncilBITE IT--Tidworth
Kent and Medway Drug Action TeamIT network for drug misuse
Kent County CouncilChild/Youth Oriented
Kirklees Metropolitan CouncilTrialling information to citizens via cable TV
Legal Services Commission for MerseysideCommunity Legal Service Provision
Leicester City CouncilE-facilities for Consultation
Leicestershire County CouncilE-delivery for people with disabilities
Lincolnshire County CouncilRoad Safety Project
Liverpool City CouncilThe Children's Network Online Service
London Borough of BarnetBarnet web portal for local community access
London Borough of CamdenPortal for Advice
London Borough of CroydonAmbassador One-Stop
London Borough of HackneyAnti-fraud computer
London Borough of NewhamSmart Card for identity and access to services
Drug and Alcohol Action Teams Kingston and RichmondABC Project to minimise substance misuse
London Borough of SouthwarkEngage Young People in services
London Borough of Suttone-delivery to socially excluded groups
Manchester City Councile-delivery for maintenance services
North Norfolk District CouncilExtension of Council website
North Nottinghamshire Health AuthorityMulti-agency teams for children with disabilities
North Primary Care GroupDemand Responsive Transport Services
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough CouncilIndependent living for older people
Reading Borough Councile-database for property of all tenures
Rotherham Health AuthorityCommunity services for older people
Rotherham Metropolitan BoroughHealth/advice for Rotherham Youngsters
Royal Borough of KingstonSingle Public Access
Somerset County CouncilMulti Agency call centres
South Norfolk CouncilCommunication between district and parish council
South Staffs Health AuthorityReducing risks of unplanned teenage pregnancy
Southern Derbyshire Health AuthorityDrug Market Response Group
Substance Misuse Advisory ServiceAdvisory service for primary care drug treatment
Surrey County CouncilWork/training for the disabled
Swale Borough CouncilOne Stop for Police Services
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Councile-delivery for vulnerable people
Tees Health AuthorityShared system on substance misuse
Trafford Metropolitan Borough CouncilDedicated peripatetic home
Wakefield Health AuthorityWakefield e-Health
Wakefield Health AuthorityImmediate Support at Home Service
Wakefield Health AuthorityElectronic care planning
Warwickshire County CouncilInformation service for the Aged
West Devon Borough CouncilLink social exclusion to community work
Wiltshire County CouncilQuality of Life in Wiltshire
Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough CouncilSingle contact for vulnerable adults at risk of abuse
Worecstershire County CouncilData Sharing Portal

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