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Dawn Primarolo: Research and development tax credits were introduced for small and medium companies in 2000. They were extended to all companies in 2002 and further improvements were made in 2003. No specific figures are available for Scotland, but the credits helped over 3,000 innovative SME companies nationally in 200102, the latest year for which complete data is available.
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Department have been subject to a consultation period of less than 12 weeks since the introduction of the Code of Practice on Consultations. 
Ruth Kelly: HM Treasury uses a variety of methods to engage small businesses in consultation exercises. As well as being available on the department's website and through its public enquiries unit all consultation documents are also often circulated alongside the Budget and Pre-Budget Reports. Where appropriate, the department has used 'roadshows' or visits around the UK to further engage with interested parties, including small businesses. The department works closely with the DTI's Small Business Service, which maintains strong contacts with small businesses and acts as secretariat to the Small Business Council. As such the department maintains close relationships with many small businesses and their representatives, but does not maintain a single database for this purpose.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the tax cases involving United Kingdom companies which have been (a) decided and (b) entered for decision in the European Court of Justice in the last five years; and if he will estimate the net revenue effect in each case. 
Dawn Primarolo: Notice is published in the Official Journal of the European Communities (C Series) of the commencement of all cases before the European Court of Justice, including tax cases. A summary of judgments of the court is also so published, and the full text is available on the Europa website. The Official Journal is available in the Library of the House.
|Bournemouth Unitary Authority||7.7|
|Poole Unitary Authority||6.9|
Estimates are based upon the 200001 Survey of Personal Incomes. The effects of the illustrative changes can be scaled up or down over a reasonably wide range. The results exclude any behavioural response to the tax change.
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|Social security contributions||3.9||3.8||3.8|
|Taxes on income||13.4||13.7||13.8|
Source:Office for National Statistics, based on the analysis 'The effects of taxes and benefits on household income', published on the ONS website and in Economic Trends.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the Government's proposals for top-up fees on the operation of the Barnett Formula; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Boateng: Tuition fees are a devolved matter for the Scottish Executive. The Barnett Formula provides the devolved administrations with a population-based share of comparable increases in spending of Government Departments.
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Ministers the feasibility of a change to the rules preventing reduced rates of VAT for repair and maintenance of places of worship; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans there are to bring forward a public service agreement target to reduce the amount of waste generated in the UK; and what discussions he has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on this subject in advance of the forthcoming Spending Round. 
Mr. Boateng: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs currently has a PSA target to enable 25 per cent. of household waste to be recycled or composted by 200506. We will be reviewing this target as part of Spending Review 2004.
Norman Baker: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which directors of Brighton and Hove Albion football club (a) he has and (b) other Ministers in his Department have met since 1 January 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was set up in May 2002. No Ministers in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister have held meetings with any directors of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club since the Office was established.
Norman Baker: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those hon. Members from whom he has received oral representations in respect of the outstanding planning application relating to the possible construction of a football stadium at Falmer, East Sussex. 
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