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Department has made concerning the value of the tax arising from the landfill levy that would have been forgone in 200203 if all the available tax credits had been claimed by landfill operators. 
John Healey: Based on the predicted quantity of taxable waste going to landfill, the total tax liability of landfill operators in 200203 is estimated to be #675 million. Landfill operators can divert up to a maximum of 20 per cent. of this amount to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. Therefore, if all available tax credits are claimed in 200203, then approximately #135 million of potential landfill tax revenue will be foregone.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the impact of increasing the minimum wage (a) in line with average earnings, (b) to #4.17 per hour, (c) to #4.87 per hour, (d) to #5.00 per hour and (e) to #5.30 per hour, on the cost of salaries of departmental employees (i) in total and (ii) for each nation of the United Kingdom in the next financial year. 
John Healey: Customs and Excise's New Export System (NES) went live at all Maritime and Inland locations (including Inland Clearance Depots) throughout the UK on 27 October 2002. NES is an electronic- based system, which enables exporters and agents to send their export declarations to Customs electronically. It replaces the current paper-based system, facilitates legitimate trade and helps combat VAT and Excise fraud.
NES provides a number of tailored models and procedures to meet the needs of different trade sectors. It allows Customs to target their controls more effectively, minimise disruption to legitimate trade and reduce the time it takes to process an export declaration.
In order to utilise NES simplified procedures exporters must apply to Customs for specific authorisation. This involves completion of a form, possibly a visit from a Customs Officer and, depending on the electronic transmission route chosen, registering to use the Government Gateway. Each application is considered on its merits; there is no specific time frame for completion of individual applications. Customs make every effort to complete their part of the procedure as swiftly as possible. Exporters who need to obtain a digital certificate from the Office of the e-Envoy (to enable Government Gateway access) may wait approximately 7 days for delivery of access data.
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The Paymaster General received one representation on NES from the British International Freight Association (BIFA) on 20 December 2001, to which the Financial Secretary replied on 24 January 2002. A series of Questions relating to the use and provision of digital certificates was laid and answered in October 2002.
(15) The Office for National Statistics was created as a Government Department and an Executive Agency on 1 April 1996 by merging the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS). The figures for 199293 to 199596 reflect the combined outturn for CSO and OPCS.
(16) Expenditure figures from 199899 are presented on a resource basis. Figures for earlier years are in cash terms. Figures from 199899 onwards include additional provision for planning, fieldwork and initial processing of the 2001 Census of Population in England and Wales.
(17) Planned expenditure.
Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have informed his Department that they wish to (a) contract out of the state pension and (b) contract back in to the state additional pension in each three month period in the last three years for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 19 December 2002]: The information is only available for those individuals with Appropriate Personal Pensions (APP) and Stakeholder Pensions (SHP) for complete tax years. The table shows the number of APP and SHP applications and cancellations for complete tax years.
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(18) Rounded to the nearest hundred
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the scorecard approach based on departmental information used by his Department to measure Spending Review 2000 PSA Target 4, as described on page 26 of the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2002; 
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