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Mr. Alexander: The level of ministerial salaries are recommended by the senior salaries review body. From May 1997, in this Department there were two Cabinet Ministers, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and the Leader of the House of Lords, at an annual salary of £43,991 and £58,876 respectively; one Minister of State at an annual salary of £31,125; and one parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at an annual salary of £23,623. From June 2001, there were two Cabinet Ministers, the Deputy prime Minister and First Secretary of State, and the Leader of the House of Lords, at an annual salary of £68,157 and £90,562 respectively; two Ministers of State, at an annual salary of £35,356, one Minister of State (the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster) at an annual salary of £70,283; and one Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, at an annual salary of £26,835.
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|Estimated resident population mid-2000: retirement age population as percentage of total population by Government Office Region for England, and for Wales||Percentage of total GOR population|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||18.3|
Office for National Statistics, Population Estimates Unit
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the figures on marriage, divorce and domestic violence will be added to the neighbourhood statistics section of the Office for National Statistics website. 
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Ruth Kelly: The Royal Mint has issued an invitation to tender for an independent review to be completed. They expect to award a contract within the next dew days. Those invited have been told that the Mint would like the review to commence as soon as possible and to be completed as soon as feasible.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the EU Contact Committee on Combating Money Laundering is next due to meet; whether representatives of the Scottish Executive (a) have been and (b) are members of it; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: The role and responsibilities of the Contact Committee on Money Laundering are set out in Article 13 of Council directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering ("Official Journal" L166, 28/06/1991 P.00770083).
The committee meets at the request either of the chair or of the delegation of a member state. Since May 2001, it has met three times. The UK is represented by officials from HM Treasury and the Home Office. Representatives of the Scottish Executive do not attend, as money laundering is not a devolved matter.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the United Kingdom marine insurance industry of the loss of bulk tankers in each of the past five years. 
Mr. Boateng: A range of staff across the Treasury have contributed to work on the 2002 spending review. The work has been co-ordinated in the Public Services Directorate, which presently numbers around 220 staff.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of the public service agreements of his Department set out in the document, "Public Services for the Future 1998", have been met; and if he will make a statement. 
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John Healey: The Chancellor has had no recent discussions on this specific subject. Under the long- standing agreements which govern VAT law across the European Union, member states are only permitted to introduce reduced rates of VAT for a prescribed list of goods and services set out in annex H of the sixth VAT directive. General 'fire prevention materials' for use in the home are not among the items included in the annex H list.
However, the UK's zero rate for the construction of new dwellings does include fire retardant building materials, as well as fire alarms, smoke detectors and fire safety equipment installed when a new home is being built. Similarly, the 5 per cent. reduced rate for residential conversions and renovations includes fire retardant building materials, fire alarms, smoke detectors and fire safety equipment installed at the time of the conversion.
We have also reduced to 5 per cent. the VAT on grant funded installation of smoke alarms when these are installed at the same time as energy saving materials or central heating systems. This is part of the VAT reduced rate introduced to support DEFRA's home energy efficiency scheme (HEES). HEES grants are primarily targeted at less well off people aged over 60 or receiving specified benefits, so the related reduced rate is similarly well targeted at those who need help most.
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