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Mr. Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the factors he will take into consideration when deciding if the Barnett formula will remain the basis upon which changes in public spending totals resulting from the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review will be applied to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 
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The Government have announced their intention to introduce a number of measures to help small businesses, including: the introduction of a VAT flat-rate scheme for small businesses with a turnover of less than £100,000 and the extension of the 10p starting rate of corporation tax in Budget 2002. And at the pre-Budget report the Government published the Carter review of payroll and are taking forward their consultation on its recommendations for helping small businesses deal with payroll.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) individuals and (b) organisations with whom he has had meetings about the future of the Barnett formula in the last 12 months; and what meetings on this subject he has planned for the next six months. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings have taken place between Ministers in his Department and employees of Citigate since 7 June 2001; and if will make a statement; 
(3) what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have had with senior members of energy companies since 7 June 2001; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) if he will list the dates of meetings that (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers in his Department have had since 1 January 1999 with representatives of Global Crossing; and if he will make a statement; 
(5) if he will list the meetings that (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have had since 7 June 2001 with representatives of Seeboard; and if he will make a statement; 
(6) pursuant to his answer of 4 February 2002, Official Report, columns 70405W, if he will list the attendees of each meeting with individuals external to the Government he attended in his official capacity in July 2001; and if he will make a statement; 
(7) on which dates in July 2001 he met (a) trade unions or their representatives and (b) employees of private companies or their representatives in his official capacity; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gordon Brown: Ministers and civil servants have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals as part of the process of policy development and analysis. I refer to the answer given by my right hon Friend the Prime Minister on 4 February 2002, Official Report, column 689W, stating that as with previous Administrations it is not this Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings. All such contacts are
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Mr. Boateng: The Customs and Excise consultation document "Improving markers in rebated fuelsIntroduction of the 'Euromarker'" is published today. Copies are available in the Vote Office and in the Library.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the EU on the structural funds that will replace the Objective I funding programme in (a) Wales, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) Merseyside and (d) Cornwall. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The Government have regular discussions with their counterparts in EU member states on a wide range of topics. These include the implementation and effectiveness of the structural funds regime. As it is five years away, it is too early to speculate on the shape that Structural Funds might take outside the current financial perspective.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 224W, whether the names of the Treasury management units which are involved in the preliminary technical work for evaluating the five economic tests are being withheld under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information; and if he will make a statement. 
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he sought advice from the Cabinet Office before approving the sponsorship arrangements for the April 1999 Conference, "Creating Knowledge: Creating Wealth"; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: The conference "Creating Knowledge: Creating Wealth" was one of a series of conferences held following publication of the Treasury guidance "Selling Government Services into Wider Markets" in July 1998. The sponsorship arrangements for these conferences followed a competitive process and were fully in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines in place at the time the arrangements were made.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list, for 199798 and for each subsequent financial year, the amount spent (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) abroad by (i) his Department, (ii) its agencies and (iii) its non-departmental public bodies on (1) providing mobile telephone equipment, including handsets and other associated equipment, (2) telephone calls made using such equipment and (3) telephone calls made using privately owned mobile telephones but subsequently reclaimed by (x) Ministers and (y) staff. 
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