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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under the application of the multiplier to each area of comparable expenditure under the Barnett formula, which spending areas contributed to a reduction in Scotland's allocation in the last financial year. 
Mr. Andrew Smith [holding answer 2 November 2001]: Increases in Scotland's allocation for 200001 were announced following the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review. Details of the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review were announced in the spending plans published in July 1998 (Cm 4011) and the Barnett formula comparability factors used in the Comprehensive Spending Review were published in the Statement of Funding Policy in March 1999.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the current level of Treasury research into whether the United Kingdom has passed the five economic tests for membership of the euro zone; who will undertake the final tests; and how long the analysis will take; 
(3) when he will publish a consultation document on the future of the Landfill Tax Credit scheme. 
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will bring forward taxation measures to provide emergency support to the airline industry following the terrorist attacks of 11 September; 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 204W, on excessive hours, if he will state the methodology by which his answer was reached. 
Ruth Kelly: Aggregated data are produced three times a year from information provided by staff on their average working hours. This showed the trend I referred to in my reply to the hon. Member on 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 204W.
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(3) what representations he has received since 7 October about the operation of public private partnerships; and if he will publish them; 
Mr. Andrew Smith: Ministers and officials regularly receive representations on public-private partnerships (PPP). It is for those making such representations to publish them if they so wish. It would not be appropriate to make public the terms of contractual negotiations in advance of contract signature. The general guidance on "Standardisation of PFI Contracts", published in 1999 and which is available in the Library of the House of Commons, is currently being reviewed by the Office of Government Commerce. It is hoped to issue a revised draft of this guidance for consultation shortly.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of criminal VAT fraud were reported in (a) 19992000, (b) 200001 and (c) 200102 to date; how many prosecutions were completed in each year; and how many of those prosecutions were completed successfully. 
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Mr. Boateng: The value of criminal evasion prevented by Customs while investigating rose from £618 million in 19992000 to £993 million in 200001. Figures showing the total value of revenue evasion prevented by Customs in 200102 will be published in due course.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many traders were dealt with by the VAT large payers unit in (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000 and (d) 200001; how many traders are now being dealt with by the unit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boateng: Customs processes around 2 million VAT repayment returns each year, the values of which are set out on a regular basis in the HM Customs and Excise "Value Added Tax Factsheet", available from the House of Commons Library.
A target to authorise 92 per cent. of all repayments within 10 working days of the receipt of a claim in the VAT central unit was set for the year 199798, and this was increased to 96 per cent. for 199899 and subsequent years. The actual achievement in each of the subject years was over 97 per cent.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the value of (a) court fines and costs and (b) confiscation and compensation orders following the completion of prosecutions in VAT criminal cases in (a) 19992000, (b) 200001 and (c) 200102 to date. 
(4) April to September
Customs does not keep details as to the value of court fines or costs orders made nor does it have any record of compensation orders made. Similarly, it does not keep any record of confiscation orders madeonly the amount realised through enforcement.
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Mr. Boateng: The value of VAT civil evasion prevented by HM Customs and Excise in the years 199798 and 199899 are contained in Customs annual reports for these years. Figures for 19992000 and 200001 are:
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of applications for VAT registration during (a) 199899, (b) 19992000, (c) 200001, and (d) 200102 to the most recent date for which information is available were (i) refused or (ii) referred for further investigation; 
Mr. Boateng: For 199899, information on the proportion of applications falling into these categories is published in appendix B of the HM Customs and Excise annual report 199899. For 19992000 and 200001, this information was not centrally collated and would now involve disproportionate cost to produce. National registration statistics for 200102 will be published in due course.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT fraud cases were investigated under the civil penalty procedure in (a) 199798, (b) 199899, (c) 19992000, (d) 200001 and (e) 200102 to date. 
Mr. Boateng: Prior to 200102, HM Customs and Excise has recorded information on the numbers of VAT fraud cases where a civil penalty was imposed but not the number investigated. Figures for 199798 and 199899 were published in Customs annual reports for these years. Figures for 19992000 and 200001 are as follows:
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the value, net of withdrawals and reductions, of the (a) default surcharge, (b) penalties and (c) interest charged by HM Customs and Excise in respect of VAT in (i) 19992000, (ii) 200001 and (iii) 200102 to date. 
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