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Treasury Building PFI

Mr. Bacon: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total professional fees were for the Treasury Building PFI deal, broken down by (a) payer and (b) payee. [57829]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 22 May 2002]: Further to my right hon. Friend the former Chief Secretary's reply to the hon. Member on 5 February 2002, Official Report, column 840W, the total professional fees paid by Exchequer Partnership and HMT to date are as follows:

(i) Professional fees paid by EP to date total £22.08 million. £6.968 million of these fees were accounted for in the earlier reply. Of the remaining £15.112 million, the major payees were Foster and Partners (architects) £5.68 million, Waterman Partnership (structural engineers) £1.63 million, Jaros Baum and Bolles (mechanical and electrical engineers) £1.57 million, Hanscomb (quantity surveyors) £1.48 million and Stanhope plc (property developers) £1.47 million.

(ii) Professional fees payable by HMT to date total £3.223 million and were payable to the firms listed in the table. Of this sum, £2.637 million was accounted for in the earlier answer.

£ million
GTMSProject Management and Technical Advice0.802
Berwin LeightonLegal Advice1.345
Dresdner Kleinwort BensonFinancial Advice0.660
DEGWChange Management Advice0.16
Cecil Denny HightonAdvice on Accommodation requirements0.101
CB Hillier ParkerSpecialist property-related Advice0.013
Roger Preston and PartnersMechanical and Electrical Engineering Advice0.043
Willis CorroonInsurance Advice0.006
PriceWaterHouseCoopersAccountancy Advice0.033

Customs and Excise

Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions Customs and Excise have seized pirated (a) video cassettes, (b) compact discs and (c) DVDs at UK ports of entry in each of the last five years; and what quantities were seized on each occasion. [59661]

John Healey: Customs do not maintain separate totals of seizures in the categories requested. Details of all seizures of such goods are provided to the European Commission who now compile annual statistics and publish them on their website at:—customs/customs/counterfeit—piracy/statistics/uk—en.pdf.

These statistics show video cassettes, compact discs and DVDs as a single category. For the year 2000 there were 556 seizures totalling 38,138 items seized. This includes both pirated items (i.e. those breaching copyright) and counterfeit items (those with false trade marks). Figures for earlier years are not available.

ECOFIN Council

Roger Casale: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the ECOFIN Council held on 20 June; what the Government's stance was on the issues discussed, including its voting record; and if he will make a statement. [64363]

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Mr. Gordon Brown: I attended the ECOFIN meeting on 20 June.

ECOFIN agreed the Commission's recommendations for the broad economic policy guidelines for 2002 to 2003. The UK supports the guidelines which emphasise the importance of further structural reform in Europe. Following discussion at the Seville European Council the guidelines were adopted by ECOFIN on June 21.

ECOFIN discussed arrangements for launching the Euro-Mediterranean Facility in the European Investment bank. It was decided that the facility would be launched in the autumn on the basis of the commission's funding plan but that the European Investment bank, the commission and the council would take forward discussions on the allocation of funds for the facility.

The council agreed two reports to go to the European Council at Seville. The first was a progress report on energy taxation, and the second an updated report on the tax package, following the launch of negotiations with the Swiss on the tax on savings.

Commissioner Bolkestein gave a short oral report to the council on the work of the financial action task force in combating terrorist financing and ECOFIN noted that this work was progressing satisfactorily.

ECOFIN was also updated by the chair of the Economic and Financial Committee on on-going work to improve corporate governance in the EU.

The council also reached political agreement on a directive on taxation of biofuels.

No votes were taken at the meeting.

Earnings Statistics

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) weekly median earnings and (b) distribution of earnings for those earning (i) under the point below which 10 per cent. of earners fall and (ii) the point above which 10 per cent. of earners exceed, are in (A) Scotland and (B) each of the unitary local authority areas in Scotland, broken down by (1) all manual, (2) all non-manual and (3) all workers; [63696]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 25 June 2002]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Annabelle Ewing, dated 27 June 2002:

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Age Discrimination

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age. [59456]

Ruth Kelly [holding answer 10 June 2002]: HM Treasury and its executive agency, the Debt Management Office, do not apply age restrictions on applications for employment, with the exception that we cannot consider applicants above our maximum retirement age of 60.


Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2002, Official Report, column 130W, on NATS, what arrangements have been put in place to succeed the Troika insurance scheme. [64705]

Ruth Kelly: The Government's Troika insurance scheme for aviation third party terrorism risks was due to come to an end on 30 June. Provision of insurance under Troika has now been extended for a further 60 days, and will now come to an end at 23:59 on 29 August. Discussions are continuing in Europe on possible insurance arrangements to succeed individual government insurance schemes for aviation, and on developments in the commercial aviation insurance market.

Capital Returns

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has collated on the pre-tax rate of return on capital employed for the UK (a) banking, (b) pharmaceutical and (c) telecommunications industry in each year since 1990. [64962]

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. Peter Lilley:

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