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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many reported incidents of injuries to (a) domestic pets and (b) other animals due to the sale of fireworks have been reported (i) prior to 5 November,

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(ii) on 5 November and (iii) after 5 November in each of the last five years in (A) Scotland and (B) the United Kingdom; [13179]

Ms Hewitt [holding answers 8 November 2001]: I have been asked to reply because of my Department's responsibility for consumer and product safety which includes fireworks.

I regret that the information requested is not held by my Department.

Royal Parks Constabulary

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civilian and uniformed staff of the Royal Parks constabulary have left employment in police service on grounds of ill health or disability in the last five years. [15654]

Dr. Howells: I have been asked to reply.

Responsibility for the subject of this question has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency and I have asked its Chief Executive, William Weston, to reply.

Letter from William Weston to Mr. Peter Bottomley, dated 21 November 2001:



Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for the financial years (a) 1999–2000, (b) 2000–01 and (c) 2001–02 to the most recent date for which information is available to him (i) the number of VAT returns received by HM Customs and Excise, (ii) the number of trader visits made by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and (iii) the additional net tax found on visits. [11372]

Mr. Boateng: The information is as follows.

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Number of VAT Returns7,330,7477,344,4533,566,462
Number of visits made170,718166,30582,653
Additional tax found (£ billion)

(28) September 2001


Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many regulations were introduced by his Department in each year since May 1997. [14427]

Dawn Primarolo: Regulatory Impact Assessments (Compliance Cost Assessments for measures introduced before August 1998) have been completed in respect of all measures which have significantly imposed or reduced costs on businesses, charities or voluntary bodies. These are available from the House Libraries.

Stamp Duty

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in introducing zero rates of stamp duty in deprived areas. [15942]

Mr. Boateng: The Government have been considering how best to implement this exemption and an announcement will be made shortly.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform stamp duty on shares. [15920]

Ruth Kelly: The Government keep the whole tax system under regular review in order to meet their objectives for a fair and efficient tax system.

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact of stamp duty on shares on financial exclusion. [15921]

Ruth Kelly: There is no evidence that stamp duty on shares has any impact on financial exclusion.

Financial Services and Markets Act

Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the impact on the status of friendly societies of the coming into force of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. [15916]

Ruth Kelly: The constitutional status of friendly societies as member-owned mutual societies will be unchanged by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA). That Act will harmonise the regulation of friendly societies and other insurance business under a single regulator, the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

EU Moneys (Scotland)

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each year since 1979 in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) as a percentage of the UK total, the total value of EU moneys spent in Scotland. [16178]

Mr. Andrew Smith: Details of all EC receipts which have been paid in Scotland are not held centrally for this period. However, table 14d of the Departmental Report of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments (Cm 5116) contains information on receipts from the EC budget, by Department, and fund, since 1995–96 including for the Scottish Office (now Scottish Executive)

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(the UK's EAGGF Guarantee receipts are shown in the table under the Intervention Board). Similar information for earlier years was published in previous reports.

Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what involvement his Department has had with the renegotiation of the Ministry of Defence contract with EDS for the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency; and if he will make a statement. [16590]

Mr. Andrew Smith: The Ministry of Defence was responsible for the reconstruction of the Armed Forces Personnel and Administration Agency (AFPAA) contract with EDS and HM Treasury was not involved. The Ministry of Defence required my approval as Chief Secretary to the Treasury to proceed with reconstructing the contract. This approval was given following discussions between the Ministry of Defence and the Office of Government Commerce, who are represented on the AFPAA Owner's Board.

Departmental Staff

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) agencies sponsored by his Department work in (i) London, (ii) areas benefiting from EU objective 1 status, (iii) areas with objective 2 status and (iv) other areas. [16112]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 19 November 2001]: The information is as follows:

Department/AgencyLondonObjective 1Objective 2Other
HM Treasury1,049000
Office for National Statistics9196141,026911
Customs and Excise5,9842,8371,94112,694
Inland Revenue6,5178,13436,88516,519
Valuation Office Agency7661941,1972,000
Royal Mint101,00700
National Savings1010150
Government Actuary's Department104000

Earnings Statistics

Julie Morgan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the hourly earnings of women as a proportion of the earnings of men for graduates who graduated in the years (a) 1990, (b) 1991, (c) 1992, (d) 1993, (e) 1994 and (f) 1995 at the latest available date. [16136]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Pullinger to Julie Morgan, dated 21 November 2001:

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