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Occupational Pensions Survey

Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the Government Actuary will publish the full results of the 11th occupational pensions survey 2000; [95262]

Ruth Kelly: The Government Actuary plans to publish full results of the 11th occupational pension schemes survey 2000 in spring 2003.

Public Service Agreement

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the money allocated to Departments by HM Treasury is directly dependent upon Departments achieving the targets set in their public service agreements. [94428]

Mr. Boateng: The money the Government allocates to Departments is determined by a range of factors including performance against public service agreements.

Revenue Qualifying Regime

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response he has made to observations from the Association of Friendly Societies on the effect on the savings of those on low incomes of the Government's proposed abolition of the Inland Revenue's qualifying regime. [95015]

Ruth Kelly: The Sandler review of the market for medium and long-term retail savings, which was published last July, recommended two changes to the regime for taxing life insurance products. These changes are the abolition of qualifying policies and the replacement of the so-called 5 per cent. tax-deferral rule which applies to withdrawals.

As we announced in the pre-Budget report, the Government are considering these proposals as part of the Budget process and is discussing their implications with the insurance industry and friendly society movement. I understand that the Association of Friendly Societies has been in frequent contact with Treasury and Inland Revenue officials. These discussions include considering how the Sandier recommendation to abolish the qualifying policy regime for new policies would effect the savings of those on low incomes.

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Service Delivery Agreement

Tony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) HM Customs and Excise's, (b) the Inland Revenue's, (c) the Office for National Statistics', (d) the Office of Government Commerce's and (e) the Government Actuary's Department's service delivery agreements for 2003 to 2006 will be published. [94106]

Ruth Kelly: The Office of Government Commerce does not have a separate service delivery agreement; PSA10 in the Treasury's service delivery agreement, published in December 2002, relates to the OGC.

Service Delivery Agreements for HM Custom's and Excise, The Inland Revenue and the Office of National Statistics will be published by the end of February 2003.

The Government Actuary's Department's SDA targets are published within GAD's annual departmental report which is planned to be published in April 2003.

Westminster Census

Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will exercise his power to ensure a local census is undertaken in the City of Westminster in order to provide a more accurate figure than the 2001 count. [94835]

Ruth Kelly: The Government are confident that the 2001 Census provides the most accurate estimate of the population nationally and for each of the 376 local authorities in England and Wales. The Office for National Statistics continues to work closely with representatives from a relatively small number of local authorities, including Westminster, which have raised issues about the Census count in their area. However, to date the Registrar General has seen no evidence to justify conducting a local census in Westminster or in any other local authority area in England and Wales.


Airport Policing

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that there is parity of treatment between police forces and airports on the charges forces make to airport operators for providing policing; and if he will make a statement. [94476]

Mr. Jamieson: Part III of the Aviation Security Act 1982 provides for the designation of airports, where the Secretary of State considers that their policing should be undertaken by constables, and requires airports so designated to make payments to the police authority in respect of their policing, as agreed between the two parties. There are currently nine such designated airports.

In his recent review of the policing of airports Sir John Wheeler recommended that a new process of designation should be developed, founded on national criteria and agreed local multi-agency risk assessments. This recommendation has been accepted in principle, and Home Office and Department for Transport officials are taking this work forward in concert with the police, industry and other stakeholders.

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Light Dues

Miss Anne McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received concerning light dues; and if he will make a statement. [94618]

Mr. Jamieson: We have received some 150 responses to our consultation on light dues, expressing a wide range of views.

Miss Anne McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent assessment he has made of the impact of light dues on (a) the UK economy, (b) the UK maritime industry and (c) UK ports. [94619]

Mr. Jamieson: We are considering these issues in the light of responses to our Consultation Paper 'Light Dues Review: Meeting the Costs of Marine Aids to Navigation, issued last Summer, on which we plan to make a statement soon.


Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the change in freight usage of the A14, by reason of the proposed expansion of the container port at Felixstowe; [95209]

Mr. Jamieson: The Highways Agency is aware of the proposed expansion plans for Felixstowe port and the potential the development may have for an increase in freight on the A14. The developer, Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd., is currently consulting with the Agency on the key transport issues that will need to be considered in the development of the proposal. Until such times as the developer has formally submitted an application to the relevant authority to develop the port, and there has been an opportunity to scrutinise the proposal, I cannot offer any comment on the future capacity needs of the A14.

A21 Bypass

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what on-site investigations have been undertaken by the Highways Agency in surveying the geology of the proposed route for an A21 bypass at Hurst Green, with specific reference to the proposed tunnel at Silver Hill; [93815]

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Mr. Jamieson: I have asked the chief executive of the Highways Agency, Tim Matthews, to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Tim Matthews to Gregory Barker, dated 3 February 2003:

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Flimwell to Hurst Green—accidents


Hurst Green to Robertsbridge—accidents


Robertsbridge to Hastings (Baldslow Junction)—accidents


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