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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of tax likely to be repaid as a consequence of the European Court of Justice judgment in the Hoechst case; and how much has been repaid to date. 
Dawn Primarolo: A total of £183 million has been paid to date as a consequence of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in the Hoechst case. Around £100 million of this may be recoverable depending on the outcome of a related court case. Current claims in
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which repayments have not yet been made are estimated to be in the region of £250 million, of which around £150 million depends on the court case. Any further repayments are subject to the other court decisions and a reliable estimate of the tax potentially repayable is not possible at the present time.
Richard Burden: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the types of products that have been imported to the UK under preference according to the EU-Israel Association Agreement but which HM Customs and Excise has reason to believe have originated in Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. 
John Healey: The information requested could lead to the identification of individual importers, so the information cannot be made available; Exemption 13 (third party's commercial confidences) and 15 (statutory and other restrictions) of the Code of Conduct on Access to Government Information apply.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the duty regime for liquefied petroleum gas for motor vehicles following his pre-Budget statement. 
John Healey: The 2003 pre-Budget report (Cm 6042) announced that the current duty rate for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) would be gradually increased over time towards a level that is more commensurate with its environmental benefit.
Consistent with the PBR commitment to provide unprecedented rolling three-year certainty on duty rates for all alternative fuels, the duty differentials for LPG for the next three years will be set out in Budget 2004.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that for every National Statistics first release, the full list of Ministers and officials having pre-release access to the release or the associated briefing is made available, including (a) an electronic link for electronic versions of the release and (b) the length of pre-release access. 
The list of Treasury Ministers and officials who have authorised pre-release access to National Statistics first releases is available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website. In addition, the Macroeconomic Statistics Service Level Agreement, drawn up between ONS and the Treasury in 1998, lists a further small
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number of individuals in the Treasury who receive copies of the Treasury's internal briefing on these statistical releases before the publication of the data. Since 1998, this list has been updated to reflect changes to personnel and staff structures.
Mr. Boateng: From time to time, the Boards of state-owned enterprises take commercial decisions involving overseas investments. These decisions are a matter for those Boards under their governance arrangements with the responsible shareholding departments.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the value of capital expenditure payments made under private finance initiative/public private partnerships contracts in each year since 1997; 
Mr. Boateng: Table C20 of the Budget shows a forecast of the estimated unitary payments under signed PFI contracts over the next 25 years. PFI: Meeting the Investment Challenge paragraph 2.23 sets out what these payments comprise.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will state the nature of the element of private finance initiative contracts that is stated when these contracts are shown on balance sheet; 
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(3) if he will list the (a) private finance initiative contracts, (b) on-balance sheet private finance initiative contracts and (c) off-balance sheet private finance initiative contracts; and what proportion of private finance initiative contracts are on balance sheet. 
Mr. Boateng: Where the assets constructed under PFI contracts are reported on departmental balance sheets, the value reported is the full value of the assets concerned in accordance with the requirements of the Accounting Standards Board's Application Note F to FRS 5Private Finance Initiative and Similar Contracts.
A total of 563 PFI transactions reached financial close by 4 April 2003, with a total capital value of £35.5 billion. The estimated capital value of signed PFI contracts where capital assets are accounted for on departmental balance sheets is £20.2 billion. This represents 57 per cent. of the total estimated capital value.
A list of PFI contracts signed to date is available on the HM Treasury public website. PFI contracts where the assets concerned are on departmental balance sheets are reported in departmental accounts, together with disclosure of information relating to any contracts assessed as off balance sheet.
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on his plans to look at the policy, funding and regulation activity which impacts on the private sector, referred to in paragraph 6.47 of the pre-Budget report 2003; 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his plans to seek to ensure significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals by realising benefits from investments agreed in the 2002 Spending Review, referred to in paragraph 6.47 of the pre-Budget report 2003. 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what deadline he has set for the significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals referred to in paragraph 6.47 of the pre-Budget Report 2003. 
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Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he will measure the significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals referred to in paragraph 6.47 of the pre-Budget Report 2003. 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to set targets for the significant improvements in the productive time of front line public service professionals referred to in paragraph 6.47 of the pre-Budget Report 2003. 
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