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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what her estimate is of the cost of theft and fraud to (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies in 2002. 
Mr. Viggers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the profit or loss on sales of gold by the Bank of England since May 1997, calculated by comparing the price achieved on sale with the current price of gold. 
This was a long-term investment decision and as such it is inappropriate to measure gains or losses resulting from fluctuations in market values on a particular day or over a short-term period. Gains and losses should be measured over the longer term, taking account of all the elements of the restructuring programme. In particular, the returns gained from the foreign currency assets purchased with the proceeds of the gold sales should also be included (see Part 2 of the National Audit Office Report on XThe Sale of Part of the UK Gold Reserves", published on 12 January 2001).
Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce measures to abolish the switching fees which some home insurance companies charge consumers when they arrange home insurance with someone other than their mortgage providers. 
Ruth Kelly: The Government is giving the Financial Services Authority (FSA) responsibility for regulating mortgage business. I understand that the FSA will shortly be consulting on the basis that fees charged for switching insurances taken out as a condition of the mortgage, such as buildings insurance, are disclosed up front.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 7 January 2003, refs 8843088432, Official Report, column 165W, when he expects to conclude discussions between the various Departments and agencies involved and to announce the Government's decisions. 
John Healey [holding answer 13 January 2003]: This matter is being progressed within Government under the leadership of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who are working actively with Customs to effect the transfer as soon as possible.
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the additional yield of an income tax rate of 50 per cent. on taxable incomes exceeding (a) #100,000 per annum, (b) #125,000 per annum, (c) #150,000 per annum and (d) #200,000 per annum; and if he will make a statement; 
|(a) 50 per cent. rate for taxable incomes over #100,000||4.9|
|(b) 50 per cent. rate for taxable incomes over #125,000||4.2|
|(c) 50 per cent. rate for taxable incomes over #150,000||3.7|
|(d) 50 per cent. rate for taxable incomes over #200,000||3.0|
|(a) 45 per cent. rate for taxable incomes over #100,000||2.6|
|(b) 45 per cent. rate for gross incomes over #100,000||2.7|
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his latest assessment of public borrowing this financial year; and whether his projections remain in accordance with those set out in the pre-budget report. 
Mr. Boateng: The latest estimate of public sector net borrowing for this financial year, in # billion, is set out in Table B1 of the 2002 pre-budget report. Consistent with the code for fiscal stability, an update of projections for the public finances will be published in the forthcoming budget.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 68081W, on self-assessment, if he will update the figures; and if he will make a statement. 
|Tax Year/Date||SA ITRs Issued||SA ITRs Received||SA ITRs Processed||SA ITRs waiting to be processed|
|1 July 2001||8,940,513||1,323,115||864,497||458,618|
|29 July 2001||8,990,292||1,943,901||1,350,597||593,304|
|2 September 2001||8,989,043||2,798,153||1,966,795||831,358|
|30 September 2001||9,152,255||4,241,952||2,677,145||1,564,807|
|4 November 2001||8,842,560||4,682,767||3,421,658||1,261,109|
|2 December 2001||9,360,099||5,383,846||4,436,261||947,585|
|30 December 2001||9,299,623||5,745,572||4,839,285||906,287|
|3 February 2002||9,552,433||8,362,361||5,848,319||2,514,042|
|3 March 2002||9,610,687||8,732,139||6,892,084||1,840,055|
|31 March 2002||9,644,313||8,805,949||8,009,457||796,492|
|5 May 2002||8,984,089||287,223||74,244||212,979|
|2 June 2002||9,081,002||751,541||323,265||428,276|
|7 July 2002||9,167,807||1,397,759||709,556||688,203|
|4 August 2002||9,300,825||2,717,767||1,591,565||1,126,202|
|6 October 2002||9,394,724||4,475,890||2,438,405||2,037,485|
|3 November 2002||9,463,002||4,948,989||3,300,392||1,648,597|
|24 November 2002||9,511,680||5,280,197||4,008,768||1,271,429|
|1 December 2002||9,527,269||5,395,919||4,265,782||1,130,137|
|5 January 2003||9,587,431||5,955,224||4,979,671||975,553|
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Dawn Primarolo: At August 2002 there were 187,000 families receiving Working Families' Tax Credit who, at the application dates, had one or more children who were aged 16 to 18 and who were in full-time education up to XA" level or equivalent standard. This is subject to seasonal variation; there were 159,000 such families at November 2001, 166,000 at February 2002 and 183,000 at May 2002.
The Prime Minister: A new constitutional treaty would need to be ratified according to the individual constitutional arrangements in each of the member states. As with all previous EU treaties, any new treaty would be subject to rigorous scrutiny by Parliament before the UK could ratify it.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will seek assurances from the US President that intelligence from the US Security Services relating to the location of WMD in Iraq have been passed to the UN Weapons inspectors; and if he will make a statement; 
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Llew Smith: To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart; what recent representations he has made to Israel about possession of weapons of mass destruction; and when he last made representations to Israel on behalf of Mordecai Vanunu. 
The Government presses on all states the importance that we attach to universal adherence to all international non-proliferation treaties. Foreign Office officials last held non-proliferation talks with Israeli officials in March 2002.
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