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Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will indicate, in respect of the graph entitled UK Transport Spending on page 3 of the leaflet 2002 Spending Review, how much spending in each year is (a) subject to the decisions of devolved Administrations and (b) central Government's own investment. 
Mr. Boateng [holding answer 19 July 2002]: The information requested is set out in table 8.1 of the Spending Review 2002 White Paper, "Opportunity and Security for All: Investing in an Enterprising Fairer Britain".
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|Department for Transport|
|Total departmental expenditure limit(5)||7,661||10,692||11,197||11,640|
|Near-cash spending in DfT DEL(6)||7,843||10,829||11,333||11,774|
|UK transport spending (estimated)(7)||11,962||15,347||15,827||16,406|
(5) Full resource budgeting basis, net of depreciation.
(6) Consistent with previous control basis.
(7) Subject to spending decisions of local authorities and devolved Administrations.
Mr. Neil Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of the population in (a) Wigan MBC, (b) the North West Region and (c) England had an income of (i) up to twice, (ii) up to five times and (iii) more than five times the national average in each of the past 10 years; 
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(8) Number of higher rate taxpayers based on the Survey of Personal Incomes.
(9) Source for population estimates: Official for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland, and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
(10) Government Office Region of North West.
(11) Number of individuals based on the Survey of Personal Incomes.
(12) Average earnings based on the New Earnings Survey.
(13) Rounded to 1 decimal place.
Ruth Kelly: The 200102 annual report of the Statistics commission, which was released on Wednesday 17 July 2002 is a thorough review of the year's developments and details the Commission's progress in achieving its aims as set out in the "Framework for National Statistics".
Ruth Kelly: The Government's commitment to improving trust and confidence in official statistics was set out in the National Statistics Framework document which became operational in June 2000. Since then the National Statistician has issued a National Statistics Code of Practice for public consultation. This showed widespread support for the Code of Practice and its aim of promoting and demonstrating the independence and quality of National Statistics. The final version of the Code of Practice will be published shortly.
Mr. McWilliam: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has carried out on the impact of the DTI guidelines on the definition of development for tax purposes on the research and development tax credit in respect of large companies; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The current definition of Research and Development (R&D) in the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry's guidelines is based on UK accounting principlesin SSAP (Statement of Standard Accounting Practice) 13and on international standards established by the OECD. It was introduced in 2000 and underpins both the R&D tax credit for SMEs, also introduced in 2000, and the new R&D tax credit for large companies, in the current Finance Bill.
This definition was introduced after extensive consultation. It has only been in force for a short time, and it will not be possible to assess either its impact or that of the credits themselves (which are measures for the long-term) until companies have had a period of stability in which to make use of them. In the meantime, the Inland
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John Healey: The existing reduced rate applies to installations by contractors of certain energy-saving materials whose primary purpose is to save energy. European law does not permit a reduced rate for energy-efficient or energy-saving materials sold direct to the public, but the Government has pressed the European Commission to bring forward proposals to allow a reduced rate for energy-saving materials.
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John Healey: HM Customs and Excise focuses its resources on areas of greatest risk and keeps its staffing numbers and locations under review to ensure that staff with the necessary skills are in place to support the Department's operational activities.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core Department, (b) non- departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d) independent statutory bodies, organisations and bodies financially sponsored by his Department and other such organisations are, located in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, excluding Greater London, (iii) Greater London, (iv) Wales, (v) Northern Ireland and (vi) overseas, broken down by (A) whole-time equivalent jobs and (B) the percentage per individual department, body or organisation. 
|Scotland||England excluding Greater London||Greater London||Wales||Northern Ireland||Overseas||Total||Percentage of Chancellors staff|
|Customs and Excise||1,233||14,544||5,735||569||594||||22,675||23.5|
|Debt Management Office||||||77||||||||77||0.1|
|National Savings and Investments||6||9||111||||||||126||0.1|
|Valuation Office Agency||81||2,812||725||236||||||3,854||4.0|
|Government Actuary's Department||||2||96||||||||98||0.1|
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