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Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Government Departments spent in procurement (a) from the private sector and (b) from International Business Machines Corporation and its subsidiaries in each year from 199798 to 200203. 
Mr. Boateng: This information about expenditure by Government departments with suppliers from the private sector, including International Business Machines and its subsidiaries, could only be obtained from individual departments and agencies. They would need to consider the ability to supply such information in consideration of guidance on disproportionate costs.
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Mrs. Liddell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide an update on euro changeover planning (a) within Government, (b) across the public sector and (c) in other areas of the economy. 
Ruth Kelly: The Seventh Report on euro preparations was published on 18 November 2003. The report sets out progress in euro preparations across the UK economy since the Chancellor's statement to the House of Commons on UK membership of EMU on 9 June 2003.
Mrs. Liddell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in England reliant on trade with the EU in (a) 2003 and (b) each of the past 10 years; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in Northern Ireland reliant on trade with the EU in (a) 2003 and (b) each of the past 10 years; 
(4) what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in Scotland reliant on trade with the EU in (a) 2003 and (b) each of the past 10 years. 
Ruth Kelly: The Treasury estimates that 3 million jobs in the UK are linked, directly and indirectly, to the export of goods and services to the European Union. This figure is based on the assumption that the share of total UK employment associated with UK exports to the EU is equal to the share of total UK value added (GVA) generated by UK exports to the EU. The information necessary to apply the same method to derive comparable estimates for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is not available.
Mrs. Liddell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the value of (a) exports from Northern Ireland to the EU and (b) imports to Northern Ireland from the EU in (i) 2003 and (ii) each of the past 10 years; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the value of (a) exports from Scotland to the EU and (b) imports to Scotland from the EU in (i) 2003 and (ii) each of the past 10 years; 
(4) what estimate he has made of the value of (a) exports from England to the EU and (b) imports to England from the EU in (i) 2003 and (ii) each of the past 10 years; 
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|Exports to EU|
|Imports from EU|
(16) January to June.
1. Figures from the Regional Trade Statistics series are only available from 1996.
2. The sum of the regions will differ from the UK figures published in the OTS, due to timing and coverage differences.
|Exports to EUUK (OTS)(17)||Imports from EUUK (OTS)(17)|
(17) Overseas Trade Statistics. These figures may differ from those published in the Regional Trade Statistics series.
(18) January to September.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the UK economy of (a) budget deficits in (i) Germany and (ii) France and (b) an average euro zone deficit of 3 per cent. 
Ruth Kelly: The Government committed to assessing the impact of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) on competition two years after it came into force in response to the Cruickshank Report on competition in UK banking.
The review will have three main strands. First, a review of the impact of FSMA on competition. This assessment will be carried out by the Office of Fair Trading. Second, changes to aspects of the FSA's practices and consideration of changes to the Financial
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Ombudsman Service. The FSA's practices to be examined include the complexity of the FSA's Handbook of Rules and Guidance and its cost-benefit analyses. On the Financial Ombudsman Service, among the issues to be considered are whether Ombudsman decisions should be subject to some form of appeal. The third strand will consider changes to the boundary of regulation, including in respect of advice or information provided by employers to employees about workplace pensions and by Citizens Advice Bureaux and similar advice centres to their clients.
Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with consumer groups on the prevention of mis-selling of home equity release products; and what impact the new regulatory structure will have on these efforts; 
(3) what steps are being taken to ensure that the new structure for the regulation of home equity release products allows for the easier collation of statistics on the number of products bought; 
(4) what plans he has to regulate the valuation of properties for people taking out a home reversion policy. 
Ruth Kelly: Mortgage-based equity release plans (lifetime mortgages) will be regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) with effect from 31 October 2004. The FSA has published a consultation paper (CP 197) that sets out proposed reporting requirements for mortgage, insurance and investment firms. Regulated firms will have to provide product sales data
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regularly, and in particular, firms will be required to report on the type of product sold and the status of the borrower.
The Government published their consultation document on home reversion plans on 11 November and responses are due to be received by 13 February 2004. The issue of property valuation is discussed in paragraphs 2123. My officials have met representatives of consumer bodies to discuss these proposals on a number of occasions.
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