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Fluoride Toothpaste

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the benefits of introducing a VAT zero rate on fluoride toothpaste. [160348]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 8 May 2001]: There are no plans to extend the existing VAT relief to include fluoride toothpaste. Price is not considered to be a disincentive to the use of fluoride rather than non- fluoride toothpastes.

European Insurance Directive

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission over compliance by Lloyd's with European Insurance Directive 73/239. [160402]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 8 May 2001]: Treasury Ministers have had no discussions with the European Commission over compliance by Lloyd's with European Insurance Directive 73/239.

Cross-border Smuggling

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the income through taxation being lost as a result of cross-border smuggling into Northern Ireland of petroleum fuel and related products. [160337]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 8 May 2001]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Mr. Donaldson) on 21 March 2001, Official Report, column 234W.

Corporation Tax

Mr. Ian Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement regarding the impact of advanced corporation tax credits on Scottish pensioners. [159297]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 8 May 2001]: The Government's package of corporation tax reforms included not only the withdrawal of payable tax credits,

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but also cuts in corporation tax rates. The withdrawal of payable credits removed a distortion in the tax system which encouraged companies to pay out their profits as dividends, rather than retain them for reinvestment in the business. These and other measures help to improve investment performance. The effect of these changes on the size of UK pension funds varies depending upon many factors, such as the type of scheme; the take-up of private pensions; the level of future contributions and the investment policy adopted by fund managers.

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SERCO Contracts

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the contracts that exist between SERCO and the Department, its executive agencies and associated public bodies; and if he will list those which have existed in the last three years. [151351]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information is as follows:

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DepartmentCurrent contracts with SERCOContracts with SERCO over the last three years
HM TreasuryNoneNone
Inland Revenue1. Contract for the provision of off-site records management for IR offices at Nottingham1. Remote typing services for IR East Region 2. Typing, secretarial and administration services at IR offices in Nottingham
HM Customs and Excise1. Provision of works manager services by way of a call-off contract to C&E offices in the South East (in existence throughout previous 3 years)
2. Supply, installation and maintenance automatic number plate readers
The Office for National StatisticsNone1. July 1998--Consultancy services (installation of air conditioning) 2. January 1999--(minor works to server rooms)
Office of Government CommerceNoneNone
PACENoneNone
TBANoneNone
CCTASERCO have been a contractor in the CCTA managed S-Cat Catalogue

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Census

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many callers to the Census Helpline have been asked to call back later; [158819]

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

Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Nick Gibb, dated 11 May 2001:






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Special Advisers

Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the combined cost of employing special advisers in his Department from 1997 to date. [160056]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 1 May 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 1 May 2001, Official Report, column 607W.

Family Statistics

Mr. Leigh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of (a) families with dependent children are headed by (i) married couples, (ii) cohabiting couples and (iii) a lone parent by each type and (b) dependent children live in families which are headed by (1) a married couple, (2) a cohabiting couple, (3) a parent who has never married, (4) a widowed parent, (5) a divorced parent and (6) a separated parent. [160734]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 9 May 2001]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

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Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Edward Leigh, dated 11 May 2001:




Table 1: Families with dependent children(27) by marital status of head of family: United Kingdom, autumn 2000; not seasonally adjusted

Percentage
Percentage of which headed by:
Married couple67.3
Cohabiting couple10.8
Male lone parents2.3
Female lone parents19.7
All families with dependent children = 100 per cent.7,400,000

(27) Dependent children are defined as all 0-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds in full-time education.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey


Table 2: Dependent children(28) by marital status of head of family: United Kingdom, autumn 2000; not seasonally adjusted

Percentage
Percentage of dependent children in families headed by:
Married couple70.7
Cohabiting couple9.5
Single parent, never married7.2
Widowed parent1.2
Divorced parent6.5
Separated parent5.0
Dependent children in all family units = 100 per cent.14,463,000

(28) Dependent children are defined as all 0-15 year olds and 16-18 year olds in full-time education.

Source:

ONS Labour Force Survey


Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the questions from the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton which were tabled on 25 April 2001 (ref 158818, 158819). [160921]

Miss Melanie Johnson: I have already done so.


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