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TREASURY

Advertising Campaigns

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on advertising campaigns undertaken since 1997 by (a) the Register of Friendly Societies, (b) the Government Actuary's Department and (c) OGC Buying Solutions; and if he will make a statement. [80651]

Ruth Kelly: Neither the Registry of Friendly Societies (since 1997) nor OGC Buying Solutions (since its inception in 2001) have incurred expenditure on advertising campaigns.

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Annual advertising expenditure for the Government Actuary's Department is set out in the table. Most of this expenditure relates to costs associated with recruitment advertising for trainee actuaries.

YearExpenditure (000)
1997–9833
1998–9953
1999–200050
2000–0139
2001–0246
2002–03 to date34

Aviation Gasoline

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to tax aviation gasoline. [80709]

John Healey: Aviation gasoline (AVGAS) is taxable at a duty rate of 27.34 pence per litre.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Mr. Dhanda: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when birth, marriage and death certificates will begin to be digitised; [81781]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Dhanda, dated 19 November 2002:




Child Tax Credit

Phil Sawford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of families in the Kettering constituency which will benefit from the Child Tax Credit to be introduced next April. [80418]

Dawn Primarolo: Nine out of ten families with children will be eligible for the Child Tax Credit which will be introduced in April 2003.

Estimates of the number of families with children in the Kettering constituency that will benefit from the Child Tax Credit are not available, however an

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estimated 380,000 families with children in the East Midlands are expected to benefit from the Child Tax Credit.

Credit Card Fraud

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Home Office regarding methods of addressing credit card fraud; and if his Department is taking steps to reduce the level of crime in this area. [80736]

Ruth Kelly: HM Treasury works closely with the Home Office, DTI and other Government Departments on a wide range of issues relating to financial crime. Recent government initiatives to reduce the incidence of credit card fraud include the pilot of a dedicated police unit to combat cheque and plastic crime. The banking industry has also committed to introducing chip cards for authentication of credit and debit transactions by 2005, together with a cardholder verification system using a personal identification number (PIN).

European Central Bank

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on, and what assessment his Department has made, concerning independence of the European Central bank. [80740]

Ruth Kelly: The Chancellor has frequent discussions with his EU counterparts on a range of issues. I refer the hon. Member to chapter 18 of Reforming Britain's economic and financial policy—towards greater economic stability published by HM Treasury this year. A copy can be found in the library of the House.

Future Builders Fund

Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will announce the size, purpose and eligibility parameters of the Future Builders Fund. [80747]

Mr. Boateng: The size of the Future Builders Fund, #125 million over three years, was announced by the Chancellor in the Spending Review on 15 July 2002. The purpose of the fund is to assist organisations in the voluntary and community sector in their public service work. The fund is being designed in close collaboration with the voluntary and community sector, in accordance with the provisions of the Compact on relations between Government and the sector. Final decisions about eligibility will be announced in spring 2003.

Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role the Future Builders Fund will have in modernising the community and voluntary sector. [80748]

Mr. Boateng: The Future Builders Fund will provide strategic investment to assist Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to modernise in pursuit of delivering high quality public services. The fund is being designed in close collaboration with the sector, who will be leading in developing proposals outlining the modernisation measures that the fund could resource. Final decisions on eligibility criteria will be announced in spring 2003.

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Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if (a) sport, (b) art and (c) recreation will be allowable purposes of the Futures Builders Fund. [80749]

Mr. Boateng: The target service areas for the futurebuilders fund are closely linked to Government's key priorities. The fund will be available to enhance voluntary and community sector service delivery in health and social care, crime and social cohesion, education and learning, and in services for children and young people.

Growth

Mr. Howard: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of growth of (a) GDP, (b) household consumption, (c) Government consumption, (d) investment, (e) exports and (f) imports was in the last two quarters. [80417]

Ruth Kelly: The Information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply

Letter from Colin Mowl to Michael Howard on 19 November 2002:



2002 Q12002 Q22002 Q3
(a) GDP0.10.6(12)0.7
(b) Household Expenditure0.51.4n/a
(c) Government Consumption2.9-2.7n/a
(d) Gross Fixed Capital Formation (Investment)-1.6-0.1n/a
(e) Exports-0.13.5n/a
(f) Imports1.40.6n/a

(12) Only total GDP has been published so far for 2001Q3.

Source:

Quarterly National Accounts National Statistics first release


Income Tax

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in each income tax bracket in each year since 1992. [81953]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to National Statistics table 2.1 on Inland Revenue's website. http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/stats/income tax/it t01 l.htm.

Islamic Mortgages

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to remove taxation barriers to Islamic mortgages; and if he will make a statement. [80491]

Ruth Kelly: The Government want to see consumers benefit from a wide choice and innovation in the financial services market. We are therefore keen to examine any perceived restrictions on product development that are brought to our attention.

We are now examining this issue in the context of the reforms under way as part of the modernisation of stamp duty as announced in the Budget on 17 April by

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Gordon Brown. The review of stamp duty is an opportunity to iron out anomalies that exist under the current legislation. Our intention is to introduce legislation for the new stamp duty regime in Finance Bill 2003, and to implement the revised scheme late next year.


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