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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the pre-Budget report November 2002 (Cm 5664) Box 2.3, what technical work needed to enable assessment of the five economic tests has been completed. 
Ruth Kelly: As we set out in the 'Paper for the Treasury Select Committee on the Treasury's Approach to the Preliminary and Technical Work', issued on 6 September, XA number of supporting studies will be published encompassing the preliminary and technical work . . . When the assessment is complete, the detailed supporting studies will be published alongside, all to be subject to intensive public scrutiny and debate." More detail on the supporting studies is given in the 6 September paper.
Mr. Kirkwood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the 2000 enterprise areas announced in the Pre-Budget Report fall within (a) Roxburgh and Berwickshire and (b) the Scottish Borders. 
John Healey: The enterprise areas in Scotland are defined as the 15 per cent. most deprived areas as identified by the Scottish Index of Deprivation 1998. There are no areas within Roxburgh and Berwickshire or the Scottish Borders that fall into this category.
However, other measures taken by the Government in the Pre-Budget Report will benefit businesses in these areas, including the announcement of the extension of the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme to firms in the
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retail, catering and several other sectors from April 2003. The Scottish Executive will introduce on 1 April 2003 a tapering mandatory small business rate relief, worth in total around #45 million to qualifying businesses. The Scottish Executive will also be distributing the Small Business Service's start-up guide, which will bring together information on all Government requirements and support for SMEs in a single start-up pack by spring 2003.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of local government regarding the relaxation of requirements for detailed planning permission in enterprise areas announced in the Pre-Budget Report. 
John Healey: The Pre-Budget report announced that the Government will consider how to encourage local authorities to introduce Local Development Orders to relax planning control in enterprise areas. The Government's proposals on LDOs were the subject of wide public consultation following the issue of the Government's Green Paper, XPlanning: Delivering a Fundamental Change" (December 2001).
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the increase in the net value of firefighters' pensions which would result from a 1 per cent. increase in the current annual wage bill; and if he will make a statement. 
Responsibility for the Firefighters Pension Scheme rests with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 9 December 2002.
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(20) Per 1,000 live births. Figures for live births are a 10 per cent. sample coded for mother's and father's occupation. Information on the father's occupation at birth is not collected for births outside marriage if the father does not attend the registration of the baby's birth. These births and any subsequent infant deaths are excluded from the figures, unless where information was provided that the mother was in the armed forces (8 deaths in 19902001).
Office for National Statistics
Andy King: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives from the insurance industry to discuss the impact of the level of insurance premiums on the building and construction industries. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of (a) the insurance industry and (b) business regarding the future of employers' liability insurance. 
Ruth Kelly: The Treasury is in regular contact with industry on a wide range of insurance matters. In the Pre-Budget Report, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor, announced that the Department for Work and Pensions would undertake a formal review of the operation of employers' liability compulsory insurance.
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