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Mr. Wilson [holding answer 15 January 2002]: On 1 November 2001 I published a consultation document in response to Ofgem's reports on NETA and its impact on smaller generators, including intermittent generators. Consultation closed on 1 December and follow-up work to analyse responses and take appropriate action is now under way. On 20 December I announced the formation of a working group to look at obstacles to consolidation
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under NETA, and to report to DTI by 31 January 2002. Many of the issues raised and considered in the consultation document, and by the working group, apply to the demand side, including intermittent suppliers. The Government will be publishing a response to their consultation shortly.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the ability of the UK's intermediate and high level nuclear waste storage facilities to withstand terrorist attack. 
Mr. Wilson [holding answer 15 January 2002]: The UK's civil nuclear sites apply stringent security measures regulated by the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS), the security regulator. The security regulator works closely with the Health and Safety Executive, the safety regulator, which provides advice on the safety implications of events, including external hazards such as plane crashes, at nuclear installations. Security and safety precautions at nuclear sites are kept under regular review. Both regulators are reviewing all relevant precautions in the light of the terrorist attacks in the USA on 11 September 2001. It is not Government policy to disclose details of security measures taken at civil nuclear sites.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the (a) annual cost of maintaining the nuclear waste storage facilities at Sellafield and Dounreay and (b) the forecast for the annual running and maintenance costs over the next 50 years. 
Mr. Wilson [holding answer 15 January 2002]: I am advised by UKAEA and BNFL that the current total annual cost of maintaining radioactive waste storage facilities at Dounreay is £12 million, and at Sellafield is £50 million, while the forecast total running and maintenance cost of radioactive waste storage facilities over the next 50 years at Dounreay is £450 million and at Sellafield is £1,100 million.
Mr. Wilson: Airbus UK owns the plant at Broughton and another site at Filton, where all the wings for Airbus aircraft are developed and manufactured. The Department remains in close touch with the company and with BAE Systems, which is a 20 per cent. shareholder in the Airbus company. UK work on Airbus programmes, including at Broughton, was covered in recent discussions between
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|Year||Spending plans||Final cash limits and DELs|
|199293||Cm 1920||Tables 3.3 and B1||Cm 2273||Tables 1 and 2|
|199394||Cm 2219||Tables 3.3 and B1||Cm 2617||Tables 1 and 2|
|199495||Cm 2519||Tables 2.1 and 2.2||Cm 2903||Tables 2 and 3|
|199596||Cm 2821||Tables 2.1 and 2.2||Cm 3318||Tables 2 and 3|
|199697||Cm 3201||Tables 2.1 and 2.2||Cm 3696||Tables 2 and 3|
|199798||Cm 3601||Tables 1.1 and 1.2||Cm 3988||Tables 2 and 3|
|199899||Cm 3901||Tables 1.1 and 1.2||Cm 4416||Tables 2 and 3|
|19992000||Cm 4201||Tables 1.2 and 1.3||Cm 4812||Table 1|
|200001||Cm 4601||Tables 1.2 and 1.3||Cm 5243||Table 1|
|200102||Cm 5101||Tables 1.1 and 1.2||HC 391||Table 1.4(10)|
(10) Latest position
Mr. Andrew Smith: Firm spending plans for 200607 will be set out in a future Spending Review. Paragraph B20 of the pre-Budget report (Cm 5318) explains the assumptions made in the Government's current fiscal projections.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the percentage change in upper tax income per income decile as a consequence of announced changes to direct and indirect taxation over the period 200203 to 200405. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: There will be a reduction in income tax for a relatively small number of higher rate taxpayers with the increase in the children's tax credit to up to £20 a week for families in the year of a child's birth from April 2002. Apart from this, announced tax changes over the period 200202 to 200405 will have no impact on higher rate taxpayers.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much in real terms the average annual tax payments of a person with no allowance and reliefs other than the single person's allowance earning (a) £10,000, (b) £20,000, (c) £30,000, (d) £50,000 and (e) £100,000 has changed since 199798. 
|Earnings||Tax reduction at 199798 prices(11)|
(11) Deflated using RPI
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy (a) to record the reasons for manual adjustments made by HM Customs and Excise to their modelled forecasts for alcohol receipts and (b) to make public those reasons. 
Mr. Boateng: Under Exemption 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, it would be inappropriate to publish internal discussion and advice leading to the published alcohol revenue forecasts.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which other countries in the European Union have introduced an aggregates levy; what discussions he has had with the finance Ministers of the European Union regarding a common aggregate levy; what the level of aggregates levy proposed in each of the countries of the European Union is; whether aggregates imported into the UK from other countries (a) in and (b) outside the European Union will be subject to the aggregate levy; what tonnage of aggregates has been imported into the United Kingdom from (i) the European Union and (ii) countries outside the European Union in each of the last five years; and whether added value aggregates products from outside the United Kingdom will be subject to the aggregate levy. 
Mr. Boateng [holding answer 14 January 2002]: The aggregates levy is designed to address the environmental effects of aggregate extraction in the UK and the rate was set to reflect these costs following independent research. Aggregate taxes in other EU member states are a matter for the individual states themselves. The known current position in the member states can be summarised as follows:
Spainno national tax but potential for regional taxation
Italyregional taxation, typically 2 to 5 per cent. of value
Sweden0.6 euro/tonne on sand and gravel only
Austriaregional tax of approximately 0.15 euro/tonne
Greece2 per cent. of value
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