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Norman Lamb: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures have been taken to reduce sickness absence in his Department in line with Spending Review 2000 SDA Target E2.1, as described on page 33 of the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2002. 
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managers, revising procedures for recording sick absence, an increased role for the Welfare Officer, closer involvement of Human Resources, and running a flu vaccination and health screening programmes for Treasury staff.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what formula is being used to measure (a) annual efficiency gains and (b) savings of running costs within his Department in order to meet the targets outlined on page 75 of the HM Treasury departmental report 2002; 
Ruth Kelly: The Treasury monitors those outputs which can be measured, such as replies to parliamentary questions, letters or other communications with the public, payment performance, and so on. However the Treasury's primary output is policy advice. Such outputs are difficult to measureand without a measure of overall output it is not possible to measure efficiency.
Ruth Kelly: This information is available in the Library of the House and was referred to in the answer I gave on 25 February 2002 to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr Cable), Official Report, columns 104546.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ratio was of female to male full-time equivalent earnings for (a) non-manual, (b) manual and (c) all workers in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
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(22) Full time employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay period was unaffected by absence
New Earnings Survey
John Healey: Enterprise Areas are designed to improve access to and take-up of a number of Government policy measures focused on tackling the barriers to small business in disadvantaged areas. They are intended to ensure that these policies form a coherent package from the perspective of existing and potential new businesses, so that take-up by businesses in disadvantaged areas is easier, and effectiveness in improving outcomes is increased. In addition to stamp duty exemption on property transfers up to #150,000, and policies designed to tackle market failures and provide better business support, the Government is looking at ways to make the planning regime in Enterprise Areas more flexible.
The Enterprise Areas are the 2,000 most deprived areas across the UK. They are the same as the areas which benefit from the stamp duty exemption on property transfers up to #150,000. A list can be found at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/so/disadvantaged.htm. A list was also placed in the House of Commons Library on 27 November 2001.
The areas were selected using the best available data on multiple deprivation in each of the countries of the UK. These were: in England, the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; in Wales, the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000; in Scotland, the Scottish Area Deprivation Index 1998; and in Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Measures of Deprivation 2001.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the external suppliers used by his Department for training purposes, as stated on page 37 of the HM Treasury departmental report 2002; and if he will make a statement on the assessment he has made of the value for money delivered by these suppliers and the programmes. 
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Angel Scott Associates
London School of Economics
Sunley Management Centre
Trainers at Work
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the income tax receipts forgone, since 1997, as a result of Her Majesty's Government's policy of making tax relief available for investment in film production; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: Film production benefits from a number of tax reliefs that accelerate the deduction of expenditure on British qualifying films. The estimated tax cost of relief provided under Section 48 of the Finance (No.2) Act 1997 is #440 million for the period 199798 to 200102, over double the amount that would have been available under the previous arrangements. The tax cost of the other reliefs is estimated to be an additional #70 million a year.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 12 December, Official Report, column 472W on government borrowing, what the evidence is of the effect of government borrowing on wholesale commercial rates. 
Ruth Kelly: As the right hon. gentleman will note from the Chief Secretary's previous answer of 12 December, there is no clear-cut evidence regarding the impact of government borrowing on commercial borrowing rates. In particular, the statistical evidence in the economic literature from both time series and cross-sectional studies is inconclusive on this question.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down by main spending heads HM Treasury's payments towards (a) the Civil List and (b) honours and dignities, as listed in the table on page 35 of the HM Treasury departmental report 2002. 
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central staff costs and running expenses of Her Majesty's official Household. The figure of #8,902,000 for 200102 in table 4.4 of the Treasury's departmental report also includes annuities granted by Parliament for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It comprises:
|Queen's Civil List||7,900,000|
|HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother||643,000|
|HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh||359,000|
Mr. Love: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the estimates he used of house price inflation from (a) major mortgage providers and (b) the Land Registry; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: There are significant concerns about whether currently available measures give adequate estimates of house price inflation. The Land Registry produces the most comprehensive measure, covering all transactions in England and Wales. However, price changes as measured by the Land Registry are affected by changes in the composition (mix) of transactions, as well as pure price changes. Mix- adjustment is desirable as there is significant variation from one period to the next in the characteristics of properties sold size, type eg flat or house, location and other factors that affect price. Figures from the Halifax and Nationwide are mix-adjusted, and also more timely, but only cover properties purchased with mortgages from these providers. These two indicators can show significant differences, highlighting concerns as to how representative they are. The Government is concerned about such discrepancies, and is therefore planning to launch a new official house price measure in the Summer 2003, though it will not cover non-mortgage financed house purchases.
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