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Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental Christmas cards he and his Ministers sent in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy (b) to post and (c) in staff time to sign, address and place in envelopes; and if he will place in the Library a sample copy of the official Christmas card he has sent this year. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 19 December 2002]: A total of 2,440 departmental Christmas cards were purchased for Treasury Ministers at a total cost of #1,912.18. All expenditure incurred in the purchase and despatch of official Christmas cards is made in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in Government Accounting. The Treasury Christmas card was produced by Card Aid which donates all profit to charity. A sample copy of the card will be placed in the Library of the House.
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the hon. Member for Christchurch will receive a response to his letter of 6 November to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury concerning correspondence from Mr. Hawksworth. 
Mr. Boateng: The devolved countries and regions team does not have its own internal research programme. The Treasury more generally is involved in some external research on regional issues, partly funded by the evidence based policy fund.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the programme of activities aimed at raising awareness of diversity in his Department, as set out on page 38 of the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2002; and how much the programme cost. 
Ruth Kelly [holding answer 7 January 2003]: The Treasury initiated a programme to raise awareness of diversity among all staff in 2001. A number of events and seminars have been held. Diversity has also been incorporated into our management training courses, including induction, appraisal, recruitment and selection. Since January 2001, the Department has spent #96,000, partially funded through the Modernising Government Fund, on raising diversity awareness among Treasury staff.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the diversity objectives set by members of the Senior Civil Service within his Department, as set out on page 38 of the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2002; to what extent these objectives have been met; and what measures have been put in place to monitor progress towards these objectives. 
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Ruth Kelly [holding answer 7 January 2003]: The Treasury is committed to improving the diversity of its staff and has diversity targets to improve the representations of women, people from a minority ethnic background people with disabilities at all management levels. To help the Department to make further progress in this area, members of the Senior Civil Service have been asked to set themselves a diversity objective. These are monitored through the Department's internal performance management system. Progress against our diversity objectives will be published in the Treasury's 2003 Departmental Report.
Ruth Kelly: The Government have said that they will complete an assessment of the five economic tests within two years of the start of this Parliament. The assessment will be a Government assessment and the work will be undertaken by the Treasury.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of small and medium sized companies that have made preparations for UK membership of the Euro; and if he will make a statement. 
(ii) securing a competitive, efficient and well regulated financial sector;
(iii) ensuring financial sector stability.
(ii) the framework for competition and economic regulation of private sector monopolies;
(iii) Public private partnerships and the private finance initiative;
(iv) The UK and EU legislative framework for regulation in the financial sector, including the completion of the EU single capital market;
(v) national and international systems for fighting financial crime, especially money laundering and terrorist financing; and
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Ms Walley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress since 6 November 2002 on a strategy for a national financial advice network and the extent to which (a) credit unions and (b) friendly societies can play a part in the process of providing advice to the financially excluded from. 
Ruth Kelly: It is important that everyone should have access to appropriate financial education, information and generic advice to understand his or her options, as well as having access to regulated product specific advice where appropriate.
We have noted the proposals for a new network to provide financial education, information and generic advice, with interest. Many organisations are already involved in the provision of those forms of help.
I welcome the work the Financial Services Authority (the FSA) is undertaking to look at the feasibility of a new tool to help deliver consistent, high quality, interactive generic help for those who need it. We also welcome the work the FSA will be doing to develop a more general strategy for consumer education, information and advice. We understand they plan to consult on this in the summer of 2003.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason government accounts have switched from gross domestic product of regions and nations of the UK to gross value added of regions and nations of the UK; 
(3) whether a revised set of regional gross value added statistics for the period of 1989 to 1999 will be published. 
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