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Dr. Fox: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost to his Department was of sending leaflets and posters summarising the last Budget to (a) general practice surgeries and (b) other healthcare institutions; 
Dawn Primarolo: The Treasury has, for many years, produced and distributed a summary of the Budget. The total cost of producing and distributing all Budget 2002 leaflets was met from within Departmental Expenditure Limits and amounted to approximately #208,000.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the local areas where the expectancy at birth of (a) a man and (b) a woman is less than 70 years; and if he will estimate in each case the number of (i) men and (ii) women who live in each area. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representatives his Department has received from Eddisbury constituency residents about local government funding in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the arguments in those representations. 
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have been consulted by National Statistics about proposals which impinge on Government policy as defined in the response of the Statistics Commission to the draft National Statistics Code of Practice in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive the report from the National Audit Office on details on the methods used to validate systems in reporting on public service agreements. 
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the resource cost of building (a) homes, (b) schools, (c) hospitals and (d) public utilities for an expansion of the population by one million. 
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Mr. Boateng: The cost of additional infrastructure investment needed to support an expansion of the population would depend upon a large number of variables. The Government takes into account all relevant factors in setting spending plans in biennial Spending Reviews.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority regarding the collapse of the split capital investment trusts; and when the FSA will produce the results of its inquiry. 
Ruth Kelly: The Treasury is in regular contact with the FSA on a wide range of issues. The FSA issued a policy statement on Split Capital Investment Trusts in May 2002. It will consult on changes to the listing rules in early 2003. It also has on-going investigations into individual cases.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his European counterparts regarding the future of the Stability and Growth Pact; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Office of National Statistics regarding the accuracy of the statistics it provides; and if he is reviewing standards in the office. 
Ruth Kelly: Treasury Ministers and officials have regular discussions with the National Statistician and other officials at the Office for National Statistics on a range of statistical issues. Under the Framework for National Statistics, responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of national statistics lies with the National Statistician, who keeps such standards under constant review. The National Statistics Code of Practice, which was officially launched earlier this year, states that the National Statistician will report annually on the quality of official statistics.
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Ruth Kelly: The Treasury building in Horse Guards Road is largely naturally ventilated, with limited use of air conditioning. With proper maintenance and disposal, the use of HFC will not have any impact on climate change.
Brian White: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in (a) October and (b) 2002. 
Ruth Kelly: The Department has in place a BS/ISO 17799 compliance programme, and has recently undergone a CRAMM v.4 risk assessment, allowing us to review the effectiveness of our security controls. Several aspects of our office system have also been subjected to independent 'health-checks' in the past 12 months. The controls covering the departmental system's external connections are reviewed every six months by the national security authorities. There have been no incidents of digital attack in either (a) October, or (b) 2002, on the office system, however there was one incidence of digital attack on an external website that was under construction, discovered in June 2002.
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