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Mrs. May: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by the Treasury, including and distinguishing between the Department itself, its next step agencies and its non-departmental public bodies, differentiating between purchases made as a result of the creation of new bodies and those purchases made by established bodies. 
Ruth Kelly: The table lists the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by the Treasury. The properties are listed by town for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All properties are the responsibility of the Department itself and not next step agencies or non departmental public bodies. All entries in the table relate to purchases made by established bodies.
|Building name||Location||Current value (£)|
|Car Park||Birkdale Cricket Club||12,631|
|Ground Floor, Pinnacle House||Bootle||16,500|
|Bristol International Airport||Bristol||33,264|
|St. James House||Derby||153,200|
|Room 305, Terminal Control Building||Dover||2,140|
|Rooms 2070 and 3048, South Terminal Departures||Gatwick||5,268|
|Room 3049, South Terminals Departures||Gatwick||4,620|
|2, Victoria Avenue||Harrogate||165,223|
|Rooms 16 and 17, Hamilton House||Harwich||2,750|
|Room 225, Terminal 2||Heathrow||14,571|
|Custom House, Heathrow||Hounslow||24,750|
|Ashford International Terminal||Kent||414|
|31 High Street, Ealing||London||32,000|
|Customs House Annexe||London||2,045,498|
|1 Myddelton Place||London||525,000|
|Cheapside House, 138 Cheapside||London||189,833|
|Eastcheap Court, 11 Philpot Lane||London||1,129,541|
|The Royal Exchange||Manchester||54,991|
|Rooms 27 and 28, Terminal 1, Manchester Airport||Manchester||3,300|
|Room 6, Terminal 1, Manchester Airport||Manchester||2,600|
|Dobson House||Newcastle upon Tyne||195,526|
|Unit 9 Lendal Court||Nottingham||3,300|
|St. Mark's House||Preston||312,897|
|St. Mary's House||Preston||252,103|
|Harbour Masters Office||Rye||900|
|New Mayfield House||Shrewsbury||91,875|
|John kEya House||St. Austell||21,500|
|Ocean House||St. Leonards||114,310|
|Room 623, Stansted Airport||Stansted||3,800|
|George Stephenson House||Stockton||428,762|
|Dunedin House||Stockton on Tees||175,305|
|St. Marks House||Teesside||151,400|
|St. James House||Telford||365,330|
|Castlewellan Road||Banbridge, Co. Down||31,150|
Total number of properties72.
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Richard Ottaway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to amend the obligation for pension holders to take out an annuity. 
Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 125W.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department giving evidence to (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii) Welsh Assembly and (iii) Northern Ireland Assembly Committees; and to what categories of document he gives (A) full access, (B) restricted access and (C) no access to (1) Scottish Parliament, (2) Welsh Assembly, (3) Northern Ireland Assembly and (4) House of Commons Select Committees. 
Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office has given him today.
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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on how many occasions in each year since 1992 non-commercial flights were used by Ministers in his Department for official overseas visits; what the (a) destination, (b) Ministers involved, (c) cost and (d) reason for use of non-commercial flights were on each occasion; and if he will make a statement; 
Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him today by the Prime Minister, Official Report, column 823W.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of women born between 24 September and 25 December 1941 who are alive. 
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Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Steve Webb, dated 15 October 2001:
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from income tax relief as a result of purchasing a stakeholder pension. 
Ruth Kelly: All those who have contributed to a stakeholder pension will benefit from income tax reliefover 350,000 by 31 August 2001 according to the latest estimates from the Association of British Insurers. Provisional estimates of the number of contributors on
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whose behalf a repayment claim has been received by the end of July will be published on the Inland Revenue website at the end of the month.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of staff employed by his Department by region and nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement; 
Ruth Kelly: The information relating to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments is set out in tables by region and nation and by average salary and grade, which I am depositing in the Library of the House. The data are the latest information available and follow the definitions used in Table D of "Civil Service Statistics 2001" which was published on 31 August 2001, which is also available in the Library.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown of (a) how many persons paid income tax at the higher rate in each financial year since April 1997 and (b) how much was raised by the higher rate in current prices in each of the same years. 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to "Inland Revenue Statistics", tables 2.1 and 2.5, a copy of which is available in the Library. It can also be accessed on the Inland Revenue website www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats.
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