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Mr. Colman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what subsidies and grant funding were given to credit unions in (a) England and Wales and (b) the UK (i) by the UK Government and (ii) from European social funds in each year since 1997. 
Ruth Kelly: This information is not readily available. However, research by Liverpool John Moores University in 1999 estimated that total public investment in credit unions in Britain could be in the range of #15-#20 million per annum.
Mr. Colman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual costs were of regulation of credit unions by (a) the Registrar of Friendly Societies in each year from 19972001 and (b) the Financial Services Authority in 200102. 
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Mr. Flook: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many projects he estimates will become financially unviable following the decision to make changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme in (a) Somerset, (b) Dorset, (c) Devon, (d) Cornwall, (e) Wiltshire, (f) North Somerset, (g) Bristol and (h) Bath and North East Somerset. 
John Healey: The Government have made no such estimates. The recently proposed changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme will ensure that around #47 million per annum will continue to be made available for spending on local community environmental projects, ensuring that the current level of support for these types of projects is maintained. In addition there will be around #100 million per annum of funding available under the new public spending programme for sustainable waste management projects.
Tax credits which have already been claimed by landfill operators, or which may be claimed until March 2003, will need to be spent under the existing LTCS arrangements. This will ensure that projects which have been allocated tax credit funding will continue to benefit until such time as they are completed.
Mr. Flook: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many environmental projects which are funded by the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme have a completion date beyond March 2003 in (a) Somerset, (b) Dorset, (c) Devon, (d) Cornwall, (e) Wiltshire, (f) North Somerset, (g) Bristol and (h) Bath and North East Somerset. 
John Healey: From details provided by ENTRUST, the regulator of the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, the following estimates have been made of the number of projects with completion dates beyond March 2003 in each of the areas listed:
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Mr. Jim Cousins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the expenditure on alcohol (a) in cash, (b) in real terms and (c) as a percentage of total expenditure in each region and nation of the United Kingdom in each year since 1996. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer to which bodies his Department makes appointments; how many members there are (a) in total and (b) in each body; and how many of those appointed are (i) businessmen, (ii) businessmen in SMEs and (iii) businessmen in micro-businesses. 
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