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Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's advocacy of a 60 per cent. carbon dioxide reduction by 2050. 
The Government will respond formally to all the recommendations in the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's twenty-second report"Energythe Changing Climate"alongside publication of the Energy White Paper, which is due around the turn of the year.
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to offset the carbon emissions (a) she personally and (b) the British Government delegation will account for in their attendance at the forthcoming earth summit in Johannesburg. 
The carbon emissions caused by the government delegation's travel to and attendance at the World Summit on Sustainable Development have been offset through our participation in the Johannesburg Climate Legacy Project.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) investigations, (b) penalties and (c) prosecutions have been instituted since 31 December 2001 in respect of working families tax credit fraud. 
Dawn Primarolo: During the period 1 January 2002 to 30 June 2002, 13,305 investigations have been opened by the issue of the Inland Revenue's Code of Practice on enquiries, 334 penalties determined and 25 prosecutions instituted in respect of Working Families Tax Credit and Disabled Persons Tax Credit.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 25 June to the hon. Member for Havant, Official Report, column 763W, on Working Families Tax Credit, when the Inland Revenue completed its compliance benchmarking exercise; when it began to analyse it; when he expects to receive it; and what the administrative cost was of the benchmarking exercise. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue began analysing the results of compliance benchmarking exercise on Working Families' Tax Credit in February 2002 and that work is continuing. It is not possible to ascertain the specific costs of this exercise because the work was undertaken as part of routine compliance casework.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent of fraud in the child care element of working families tax credit; and how many (a) investigations and (b) prosecutions have been instituted into fraud in the childcare element of WFTC since 31 December 2001. 
Dawn Primarolo: The childcare element is only one component of both Working Families' Tax Credit and Disabled Person's Tax Credits (WFTC and DPTC). During the period 1 January 2002 and 30 June 2002, 13,305 investigations of WFTC or DPTC awards were opened by the issue of the Inland Revenue's Code of
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Practice on enquiries, but it is not possible to say how many of these were in relation to childcare charges. During the period, one of the twenty-five prosecutions was instituted as a result of the falsification of childcare documentation.
Mr. Greenway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the success of the Public Service Agreement with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to raise significantly the average time spent on sport and physical activity by those aged five to 16 years. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister about the cost effectiveness of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (Electronic Communications) (Wales) Regulations. 
These are matters for the National Assembly for Wales. Section 65 of the Government of Wales Act 1998 provides for an appraisal of the costs and benefits of complying with Assembly general subordinate legislation to be carried out before a draft of the statutory instruments is laid before the Assembly.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since 1997, indicating for each consultation (a) if copies were available online, (b) if copies were available in print, (c) the date the time period given for responses opened and (d) the date the time period given for responses closed. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: It was necessary to check through a number of files to obtain the relevant details and the final pieces of information did not arrive until after the deadline for responses on 24 July. I can, though, now provide a full answer to your question as follows:
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Brian Cotter: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will list for each Government office in the regions what proportion of the office's annual spend for 200102 was allocated to combating retail crime; 
The attached table shows the amounts spent by regional crime reduction directors specifically on retail crime reduction initiatives in 200102 and shows these as a proportion of their total spending on crime reduction initiatives. These figures do not include funding spent on
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non-specific schemes, such as town centre Close Circuit Television (CCTV), which may also benefit retailers in the areas where they operate.
|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3|
|Region||Spend on retail crime projects in 200102 (£)||Column 2 as a proportion of annual spending of regional crime reduction directors in 200102 (per cent.)|
|Yorkshire and Humber||325,128||1.7|
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