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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions in each of the last three years British regulators and official investigators have requested information from the regulatory authorities of the British overseas territories and Crown dependencies. 
Ruth Kelly: Records of requests for information made to the regulatory authorities of the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are not maintained centrally. The Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have powers to provide information to overseas regulators, law enforcement authorities and judicial authorities and powers to obtain the necessary information including, if necessary, by using compulsory powers.
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Dawn Primarolo: Over 50 responses have been received from a wide range of interested parties, including most of the main bodies representing employers. Responses are still being received and are being reviewed.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) complaints he has received and (b) errors he has detected in connection with the Inland Revenue's electronic lodgement service in each year since it began; and in how many cases each year breaches of security have been established. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information is as follows: (a) The Chancellor of the Exchequer has received one complaint in connection with the Inland Revenue's Electronic Lodgement Service. This was in the tax year 200001.
(b) The Inland Revenue is constantly reviewing, updating and improving the Electronic Lodgement Service following feedback from customers, software developers and Inland Revenue staff. The Inland Revenue is not aware of any instances where tax return information has been recorded against the wrong taxpayer.
(b) The Inland Revenue takes security very seriously. All possible security measures are taken to ensure the Electronic Lodgement Service is secure. It is also constantly monitored for any potential security breaches. The Inland Revenue has no reported incidents of unauthorised access to the Electronic Lodgement Service.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT revenue the Treasury has received in each of the last five years from the sale of (a) audio-visual equipment and (b) consumer electronics. 
Dawn Primarolo: Anyone who suspects someone of evading tax can report that suspicion in confidence to any local tax office. Alternatively, they can call the Inland Revenue's anti-fraud helpline on 0800 788887.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 957W, what the cost of refurbishing each ministerial private office was in each year since May 1997. 
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Mr. Bacon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 841W, on the Treasury Building PFI deal, what further operating costs there are for the Treasury Building under the Treasury PFI deal, other than those specified as hard services and soft services. 
Mr. Bacon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer using the Treasury's inflation assumptions for the Treasury Building PFI deal, what he estimates the total amount of cash paid by the Treasury to Exchequer Partnership will be for service costs over the lifetime of the Treasury Building PFI deal. 
Ruth Kelly: As I told the hon. Member on 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 844W, the total amount of cash paid over the operating period, using HMT's inflation assumptions, will be £838.154 million. This equates to £169.3 million in net present cost terms, discounted at 6 per cent. in real terms and assuming 2.5 per cent. inflation. On the same basis, the services element would amount to £212.48 million over the operating period. This equates to £50.864 million in net present cost terms, discounted at 6 per cent. in real terms and assuming 2.5 per cent inflation. However, as its name implies, there is a single unitary payment for the provision of serviced accommodation so there is no services payment by HMT to Exchequer Partnership.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2002, Official Report, column 228W, what is the total area in square feet of all empty properties referred to. 
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the recent financial action task force plenary meeting on terrorist financing, money laundering and non-cooperative jurisdictions held in Hong Kong. 
The FATF plenary was followed by a successful global terrorist financing forum, attended by almost 60 jurisdictions from FATF, FATF-style regional bodies and the OGBS, as well as nine international organisations. The
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forum stressed the importance of all jurisdictions adopting and implementing the eight special recommendations on terrorist financing issued by the FATF in October 2001. The forum called on all jurisdictions in the world to participate in a self-assessment exercise against the special recommendations on the same terms as FATF members.
The FATF confirmed that in June 2002, it will initiate a process to identify jurisdictions that lack appropriate measures to combat terrorist financing. FATF members reiterated their commitment of members to assist non-members, as appropriate, to comply with the special recommendations.
The FATF also reviewed its list of non-co-operative countries and territories (NCCTs) in the fight against money laundering, and welcomed the additional progress made by a number of the 19 jurisdictions on the list. The FATF will consider progress made by NCCT countries at its next meeting in June 2002, and will consider taking counter-measures against jurisdictions that have not made adequate progress in addressing deficiencies.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the obstacles are which stand in the way of debt rescheduling that he refers to on page 40 of the Treasury document "Tackling Poverty, A Global New Deal". 
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public and private sectors for preventing and managing balance of payments problems so that all parties that benefit from the international financial system play their part in maintaining stability.
However, the ability of minority creditors to litigate successfully against sovereigns in default is a serious obstacle to debt restructuring, and can exacerbate creditor co-ordination problems. Thus some form of international bankruptcy procedure may be necessary to prevent disruptive litigation by minority credits.
More generally, there is a need to clarify the roles of debtors, creditors and the official sector within the crisis resolution framework, in order to provide the right incentives for creditors to co-ordinate effectively during debt restructuring negotiations.
|Bedfordshire, former county of||43||60||41||144|
|Berkshire, former county of||76||72||75||223|
|Buckinghamshire, former county of||62||54||67||183|
|Cambridgeshire, former county of||55||57||65||177|
|Cheshire, former county of||102||97||95||294|
|Cornwall (and Isle of Scilly)||59||63||63||185|
|Derbyshire, former county of||75||96||90||261|
|Devon, former county of||119||137||134||390|
|Dorset, former county of||67||83||71||221|
|Durham, former county of||60||62||54||176|
|East Sussex, former county of||90||94||103||287|
|Essex, former county of||153||127||136||416|
|Greater London (Metropolitan County)||734||685||616||2,035|
|Greater Manchester (Metropolitan County)||297||263||266||826|
|Hampshire, former county of||157||167||148||472|
|Herefordshire and Worcestershire||70||91||80||241|
|Isle of Wight, former county of||20||17||15||52|
|Kent, former county of||150||124||147||421|
|Lancashire, former county of||181||170||162||513|
|Leicestershire, former county of||77||92||91||260|
|Merseyside (Metropolitan County)||141||140||130||411|
|North Yorkshire, former county of||86||61||73||220|
|Nottinghamshire, former county of||99||101||109||309|
|Shropshire, former county of||28||54||43||125|
|South Yorkshire (Metropolitan County)||129||117||120||366|
|Staffordshire, former county of||107||103||88||298|
|Tees Valley less Darlington||51||46||44||141|
|Tyne and Wear (Metropolitan County)||109||120||114||343|
|West Midlands (Metropolitan County)||219||245||245||709|
|West Yorkshire (Metropolitan County)||199||235||158||592|
|Wiltshire, former county of||48||46||47||141|
(28) Suicide is defined by ONS using the following codes from the International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision: E950-E959, E980-E989, excluding E988.8
(29) Data are presented for English counties in 1998 to 2000, based on their boundaries in those years, and for former counties (based on the equivalent areas covered by current authorities.)
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