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John Healey: No estimate has been made of the number of unpaid volunteers involved in projects funded by the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. However, the Government are conscious of the good work they do, and is committed to promoting volunteering, as outlined in the discussion document "Next Steps on Volunteering and Giving in the UK", a copy of which is in the Library of the House. Volunteers can make an enormous contribution to our society, in helping to meet social and environmental challenges.
Mr. Flook: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of private funds attracted by the public funds provided by the landfill tax credit scheme in each year since its inception. 
John Healey: No precise figures are held on the quantity of match funding obtained by projects funded through the landfill tax credit scheme. However, a study by Glasgow Caledonian University for Entrust, the scheme's regulator, has estimated that on average waste management and recycling projects have levered in approximately 34 per cent. additional funding in addition to landfill tax credit scheme funding.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned into the effect mortgage equity withdrawal has on the UK economy; and if he will make a statement. 
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2002, Official Report, column 280W, on PPP and PFI, what plans he has to review the system of assessing whether a PFI deal is on or off balance sheet. 
Mr. Boateng: None. The Government's policy when accounting for PFI contracts is to follow Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP). In particular, Application Note F to Financial Reporting Standard 5Private Finance Initiatives and Similar Contract complemented by the Treasury Taskforce Technical Note No. 1 (Revised) 'How to Account for PFI Transactions'.
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2003, Official Report, column 752W, on rebated gas oil, what criteria are used in determining whether red diesel can be used by a vehicle. 
HM Customs and Excise Notice 75"Fuel for road vehicles"explains this and is available from either the Customs National Advice Service (tel: 0845 010900) or from the Customs website (www.hmce.gov.uk).
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) business, (b) the insurance sector and (c) the pension fund sector on the value of the FTSE 100 share index. 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he (a) has had and (b) intends to have with his European counterparts concerning harmonisation of VAT and corporation tax levels as a result of Franco-German agreement concerning the future of the European Union. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 20 January 2003, Official Report, column 48W, on tobacco smuggling, when the Government expect to publish their response to the Committee of Public Accounts' report on tobacco smuggling. 
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the HM Treasury 360 degree feedback programme in each of the last three years; how many HM Treasury staff went on this programme; what its purpose is; and if he will make a statement. 
Ruth Kelly: The Treasury has in place a 360 feedback programme as part of its drive to improve leadership skills and in response to the Cabinet Office target that all of the Senior Civil Service should go through a 360 feedback and personal development programme. To date, 115 people have taken part in the programme, including 42 people below the Senior Civil Service. The cost of the programme was met from within the Treasury's existing DEL.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the highest percentage pay rises were among HM Treasury staff in each year from 1997; which staff received these pay rises; and if he will make a statement. 
|19992000||7.4||Increase due to exceptional performance and relatively low existing salary|
|200001||15.1||Increase due to exceptional performance and relatively low existing salary|
|200102||15.0||Increase in the range minimum|
|200203||7.6||Increase due to exceptional performance and relatively low existing salary|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the average percentage pay rise in (a) 200102 and (b) 200203 for HM Treasury staff, broken down to show (i) all staff and (ii) Senior Civil Service staff; and if he will make a statement. 
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|Below Senior Civil Service (%)||4.4||4.2|
|Senior Civil Service (%)||5.0||8.4|
1. Figures are based on a total income of £10,000 at 200102 prices. Constant prices are worked out on the basis of survey year, for instance, April 2001 to March 2002.
2. The estimates are based on sample counts that have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors that control for tenure type, council tax band and a number of demographic variables. Estimates are subject to sampling error and remaining response bias.
3. Total income is income from all sources for all adults and children, including tax credits.
4. Total income has not been adjusted for family size.
Family Resources Survey (Great Britain).
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