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Mr. Boateng: At 31 December 2002 OGC had 672 employees, of which 243 were in the OGC trading fund, OGCbuying.solutions. The forecast annual OGC payroll cost for 200203, including employers national insurance and pension contributions, is #22.5 million, of which #6.4million is for OGCbuying.solutions.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the administrative estimate for the Office of Government Commerce was in the year ending (a) April 2001, (b) April 2002 and (c) April 2003. 
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|200102 actual outturn||31.3|
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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times the Chief Executive Advisory Group of the Office of Government Commerce has met in the last year; what allowances from public funds are made to members of the group; and what the cost was in each year since 2000. 
Mr. Boateng: The Chief Executive Advisory Group to the Office of Government Commerce met four times in 2002. No allowances from public funds are made through OGC to members of the group but some members may claim travel expenses from their own departments. Administrative support is provided by OGC staff.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times the Supervisory Board to the Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce has met in the last year; what allowances from public funds are made to members of the group; and what the cost was in each year since 2000. 
Mr. Boateng: The OGC Supervisory Board has met three times in the calendar year ending December 2002. No allowances are paid to Members but one external Member, who provides invaluable US public sector procurement experience, is reimbursed travel costs through OGC. The cost each year since 2000 is:
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what taxation benefits would be available to same-sex couples living together as a couple, and what would the cost of those changes be, if such same-sex couples were treated in the same way as normal couples. 
Dawn Primarolo: There are no specific taxation benefits available for couples as such, although some tax allowances and reliefs are available to married couples. The Government intend to consult in the summer about the details of a civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples, including the implications of such a scheme for tax.
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Ruth Kelly: Figures published by the Cabinet Office on sickness absence are available since 1994. The latest publication is XAnalysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service 2001" published in December 2002. For the Treasury, the figures for working days absence per staff year were:
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 25 November 2002, Official Report, column 62W, on the spend to save initiative, if he will place the evaluation in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The results of the initiative were summarised and published in the Board of Inland Revenue's annual reports. They are set out in the reports for the years ending 31 March 1998 (page 21), 31 March 1999 (page 17) and 31 March 2000 (pages 15 and 16). These reports are available in the Library. They show that the initiative was a success, producing more than #1.8 billion in additional revenue, which was more than forecast, and a yield to cost ratio of 10 to 1. The Comptroller and Auditor General in his Audit of Assumptions for the pre-Budget 2000 report concluded that the monitoring and control systems were sound, and that the savings estimate was reported on a prudent basis.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of (a) tax returns filed and (b) vehicle excise duty licences applied for via the internet since these services were first made available. 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of setting up and administering the provision of (a) tax return filing and (b) vehicle excise duty licence application via the internet. 
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The estimated cost of implementing the internet service for self-assessment for years one to three is about #17 million.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the income tax receipts foregone, since 1999, as a result of the Government's policy of offering a tax relief on employee-loaned computers. 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the income tax receipts foregone, since 1 April 2000, as a result of the tax credits introduced by Her Majesty's Government to encourage corporate venturing in the Budget of that year. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government introduced the corporate venturing scheme (CVS) in Finance Act 2000, but this is neither a tax credit nor does it give any relief against income tax. The CVS gives relief against corporation tax and the latest estimates are that the scheme has reduced corporation tax liabilities by #5 million for both 200102 and 200203.
Mr. Denham: Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) are community-based civil orders which can be applied for by the police, British Transport police, registered social landlords or local authorities against an individual or several individuals whose behaviour is anti-social.
Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been taken out in England in each year since their introduction, by local authority area. 
Mr. Denham: Since their introduction, 1 April 1999, up to 31 May 2000 data on the number of Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued was collected by police force area only. From 1 June 2000 official
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statistics on the number of ASBOs issued are based on quarterly returns from Magistrates Courts Committees (MCCs) and from copies of the orders received since this date, we are able to identify the local authorities.
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