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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2001, Official Report, column 195W, which part of Table 3.4, Inland Revenue Statistics gives the yield from the upper rate of income tax which is forecast for the years (a) 200001, (b) 200102, (c) 200203, (d) 200304 and (e) 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 22 April 2002]: We have received a joint representation from the National Housing Federation, Key Cities Housing Group and the Northern Housing Forums, proposing a Housing Market Renewal Fund to address the serious problems experienced by areas affected by low housing demand. We are considering this and other proposals as part of the current Spending Review and our conclusions will be announced in due course.
Mr. Boateng [holding answer 22 April 2002]: Up to April 2000, 25 Customs and Excise officers were employed to tackle hydrocarbon oils smuggling in Northern Ireland. The number of staff was increased to 118 in September 2000 and since January 2001 it has been
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the functions of his Department that have been (a) market tested and (b) outsourced in each of the last five years, specifying the (i) money saving and (ii) percentage saving in each case. 
Historic file storage was outsourced in early 2000. An investment appraisal showed that the outsourcing would result in savings using various assumptions about the cost of storage space in the current Treasury accommodation.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had at the Financing for Development Conference in Mexico on debt relief with the (a) IMF, (b) World bank and (c) regional development banks. 
Mr. Boateng: No Treasury Minister attended the Financing for Development conference, where Her Majesty's Government was represented by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development.
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Jane Griffiths: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of beer and wine personally imported into the UK was imported in quantities exceeding the maximum indicative limit in 2001. 
Mr. Boateng: Figures for the revenue evaded from cross-channel passenger smuggling of beer and wine in 2001 are contained in the HM Customs and Excise document "Measuring Indirect Tax Fraud" which was published with the November 2001 pre-Budget report and a copy placed in the Library.
Jane Griffiths: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Treasury Model of the economy shows to be the consequences of changes in the rate of beer duty on (a) the wider economy and (b) net revenues. 
Mr. Boateng: Estimates of the impact of changes in the rate of beer duty are given in "Tax Ready Reckoner and Tax Reliefs" published in November 2001 by HMT, and available in the House of Commons Library.
2001: 9.17 metric tonnes seized.
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Mr. Boateng: Climate change levy receipts up to 31 March 2002 are £551 million. However, CCL was introduced on 1 April 2001, and revenue was not received until July 2001. Due to start-up effects, therefore, 200102 is not a full year.
Revenue is recycled to business through a 0.3 percentage point reduction in employers' national insurance contributions. The levy package also includes a targeted programme of support measures for businesses investing in energy-saving technologies and practices. The levy package as a whole is intended to be broadly revenue neutral.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK contribution to European Union funds has been for each of the past five years; and how much the UK has received in its rebate in each of those years. 
Ruth Kelly: The UK's gross contribution to the EC budget in 200001 and 200102 was £10.6 billion and £9.2 billion respectively; the UK abatement for these years was £2.2 billion and £4.4 billion respectively. Details of the UK's gross contribution to the EC budget together with the value of the UK abatement for earlier years can be found in Table 14a of the Departmental Report of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Departments (Cm 5116) published in April 2001.
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