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Arthur Andersen

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the names of the Arthur Andersen employees seconded to the Treasury between 1997 and 2001; and what their duties were. [33042]

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Ruth Kelly: Four people were seconded to HM Treasury from Arthur Andersen during the period 1997 to 2001. Details of current secondees from all sectors outside central Government can be found on the Treasury website.

Private Sponsorship

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the events which have been sponsored by a private organisation in (a) his Department, (b) the Office of Government Commerce, (c) the Inland Revenue and (d) Customs and Excise since May 1997 and the names of the sponsoring organisations; and if he will make a statement. [32512]

Ruth Kelly: Records are not maintained centrally. Information in the format required could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Parliamentary Questions

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer the question of 31 January 2002 from the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell concerning sponsorship. [38299]

Ruth Kelly: I have replied to the hon. Gentleman today.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham can expect an answer to his Question tabled on 28 January, ref 31887. [42310]

Ruth Kelly: I very much regret that the hon. Member's earlier question has not yet been answered. I hope to be in a position to reply to him very soon.

Teenage Pregnancies

Tim Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) region. [42329]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Tim Loughton, dated March 2002:

Teenage conceptions: numbers by age and health region 1996–2000

Age at conception
Year of conception and health region(11)<14141516171819
Northern and Yorkshire603178872,0522,8403,2283,569
South East572258101,9072,6853,3063,618
South West391604471,0611,5531,7982,021
West Midlands572258211,6942,3272,8113,131
North West542569212,1682,9913,4383,867
Northern and Yorkshire573099071,9962,9243,4593,595
South East472627741,8232,8983,4363,553
South West341424221,0721,5321,9271,975
West Midlands522397211,6352,5743,0203,031
North West452457812,0592,9593,6663,818
Northern and Yorkshire633018561,8842,9753,7773,909
South East542367731,8552,9973,7554,005
South West351444741,0651,6422,1302,213
West Midlands562277521,5672,4833,1163,380
North West392638262,0093,1134,0954,099
Northern and Yorkshire532608061,9082,7873,5154,011
South East632567371,7542,7683,5704,019
South West281614691,0001,5131,9592,229
West Midlands492066351,5502,3982,9803,445
North West502588261,9043,0413,7464,182
Northern and Yorkshire432508051,7852,6673,5373,794
South East472687921,7662,7363,3634,043
South West401534509841,4641,9662,167
West Midlands492347091,5122,3553,0213,521
North West382298401,9032,9833,8264,192

(11) Boundaries as at 1 April 2001

(12) Provisional


Office for National Statistics

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Insurance Premiums

Mr. Truswell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has evaluated the effect on the competitiveness of British businesses of increases in (a) employer liability insurance premiums and (b) other insurance premiums; and if he will make a statement. [39962]

Ruth Kelly: The Government do not intervene in the setting of insurance premiums. These are currently increasing worldwide, not just in the UK.

Export Licences

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who in his Department is responsible for co-ordinating export licence applications between the Department of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office. [40255]

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Mr. Andrew Smith: Responsibility for co-ordinating export licence applications does not rest with the Treasury or any other department of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Relevant Treasury teams may provide advice on the countries in question or on issues relating to international financial institutions.

Pension Funds

Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the managers of pension funds about the impact of the new accounting standard FRS 17; and what assessment his Department has made of the effect of FRS 17 on pension funds. [40196]

Ruth Kelly: I meet representations of the pensions industry regularly and discuss a number of issues. However, the application of accounting standards, FRS 17 included, is a matter for the independent Accounting Standards Board.

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Independent School Fees

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to extend the scope of VAT to include independent school fees. [40793]

Mr. Boateng: The Government have no such plans.

Office for National Statistics

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information is provided by information on business turnover collected by the Office for National Statistics which is not available to the Government from information collected by Customs and Excise; [40834]

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

Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. David Lidington, dated 11 March 2002:

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