Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Buckingham on 25 February, Official Report, column 1045W, whether he has set a date for the publication of the Wanless report. 
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials from HM Treasury have met (i) Ministers and (ii) officials from the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions to discuss the potential liabilities to the Exchequer which will arise from underwriting the contingent liabilities of the public private partnerships for London Underground, as proposed in the letters of comfort and Minute from the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions to the partners in the PPP presented to Parliament on 21 March. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place the accounting advice he has received from the Office of National Statistics on the treatment of the commitments given in the London Underground Public Private Partnership letter of comfort in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
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The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions' Resource Accounts are drawn in accordance with the Treasury Resource Accounting Manual, which takes account of all Financial Reporting standards pronounced by the Accounting Standards Board. The contingent liability arising from any letters of comfort would therefore be recorded as a Note to the Department's Resource Accounts.
Mr. Howard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions regarding the underwriting of the debt of Network Rail by means of potential emergency loans from the Strategic Rail Authority. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times Ministers in his Department have travelled abroad at taxpayers' expense since March 2001; what countries they visited; and what the total cost of each visit was. 
Ruth Kelly: Treasury Ministers, including the Chancellor have made 40 trips abroad since March 2001 and visited USA, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Portugal, Luxembourg, France, Germany, San Juan, Spain, Ireland, Korea, Malawi and Japan. Total cost of the visits was £110,250.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make public (a) correspondence, records of verbal communication and other documents and communications between himself and the Scottish Executive and (b) advice which he has received in connection with the Scottish Transport Group Pension schemes, the winding up thereof and the disposal of and entitlement to surplus funds therefrom. 
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated value is of the Scottish Transport Group pension fund at 31 March; and whether increases in the value of the fund following 31 March 2000 will accrue to (a) the fund and (b) Her Majesty's Government. 
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£118 million is to be distributed as ex gratia payments by the Scottish Executive, which includes an additional £18 million as a result of an increase in the net of tax surplus. The size of the surplus as at 31 March 2002 is not yet known.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reasons underlie the proposed distribution of the surplus from the Scottish Transport Group pension schemes; what part of the distributed surplus is to be used for a contingency fund in respect of indemnities against the risk of legal action based on the actions of trustees; and whether in the event that there are no successful claims against that contingency fund, it will be the subject of a subsequent distribution to Scottish Transport Group pensioners. 
Mr. Andrew Smith: The wind-up of the STG pension schemes is being taken forward by the trustees and the Scottish Executive. The Scottish Executive has announced that £118 million will be made available as ex gratia payments to pensioners. I understand that there is no intention that any part of that sum will be used for a contingency fund against potential legal action.
Dawn Primarolo: The new earnings survey provides the best estimates for average earnings and the income tax personal allowance and thresholds are in annex A of Inland Revenue Statistics. The most recent edition is on the Inland Revenue website http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/ taxstructure/menu.htm.
Mr. Andrew Smith: The Scottish Executive's share of the Sustainability Fund is estimated at £3 million in 200203 and 200304. Decisions on the size of the Fund in subsequent years, and consequently the total amounts the Scottish Executive will receive in these years, have yet to be made.
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Mr. Boateng: The Government published a consultation document "Modernising the Taxation of the Haulage Industry" alongside 2001 pre-Budget report. The consultation closed on 8 February and the Government are considering the responses ahead of the Budget.
(3) whether the proposed whisky strip stamps would apply to miniature bottles of whisky. 
Mr. Boateng: Customs and Excise are considering a wide range of issues as part of their ongoing consultation on the costs, benefits and practicalities of introducing a tax stamps system for spirits. This includes the experiences of other countries and the various sizes of container to which tax stamps would be affixed.