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Mr. Gordon Brown: I am delighted to inform the House that on 20 January EU Finance Ministers agreed to base the new Lamfalussy committee of banking supervisors ('CEBS') in London. The equivalent committee for securities supervisors ('CESR') will continue to be based in Paris and that for insurance ('CEIOPS') will be based in Frankfurt. The location of these regulatory committees in Europe's major financial centres is a good outcome for the UK and for financial markets in the EU. This high-level committee of EU banking supervisors and central banks will be a key forum for national authorities to improve supervisory practices and advance the EU's legislative agenda. It should help ensure that more flexible EU legislation is adopted quicker, with improved consultation, transparency, and greater input from market practitioners. This should help drive forward the EU Financial Services Action Plan, providing Europe with a more dynamic, innovative, efficient and competitive financial services sector, to the benefit of consumers and businesses. The banking committee will meet at least three times a year, and should meet in London for the first time in the spring. It has already assumed its responsibilities and is currently looking to secure permanent offices in London. The committee is currently chaired by Jose Maria Roldan, Director General of the Bank of Spain, and around forty senior regulators and central bankers will participate in its meetings.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the additional revenue to the Exchequer that would be generated by increasing the rate of Class 4 National Insurance contributions by 3 per cent. 
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Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the publication "Tax ready reckoner and tax reliefs, December 2003" which is available in the Library of the House and also on the Treasury website (http://www. hm-treasury.gov.Uk/media//AAB24/pbr03 trr.pdf). The figures exclude any estimate of behavioural response to the tax change.
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Keith Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the members of National Savings and Investments were on 1 January; what their term of office is in each case; and what their remuneration is. 
|Name||Term of office||Salary(19)||Bonus(19)|
|Alan CookChief Executive||5 years||145150||1015|
|Trevor BayleyFinance Director||5 years||115120||1015|
|Steve OwenPartnerships and Operations Director||Permanent||8590||1015|
|Gill CattanachCommercial Director||Permanent||9095||1015|
|Sandra PostlesHP Director||Permanent||7580||1015|
|John ProutSales Director||Permanent||95100||1015|
|Richard WrightNon Executive Director and Chair of the Board||3 years||1520||0|
|Marie StaffordNon Executive Director||3 years||1015||0|
|Paul SpencerNon Executive Director||3 years||1015||0|
|Michael MedlicottNon Executive Director||3 years||1015||0|
(19) As banded in our Annual Report and Accounts.
Mr. Laxton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in the inquiry led by Mr. Alan Wood into the awarding of public service contracts in the EU; whether its remit includes awarding train franchises; and when he expects the inquiry to report. 
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) departmental agencies in the last 12 months, including the Inland Revenue and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise. 
|HM Customs and Excise(20)||26||15||41|
|Debt Management Office||11||0||11|
|The Government Actuary's Department||8||0||8|
|National Savings and Investments||13||4||17|
|Office of Government Commerce||14||3||17|
|OGC Buying Solutions||0||0||0|
|Office of National Statistics||101||0||101|
|Valuation Office Agency||73||4||77|
(20) HM Customs and Excise figures cover their offices nationwide, but some losses and thefts may have been dealt with locally, and not reported to Head Office.
(21) Royal Mint do not keep separate records for losses and thefts.
Passes are invalidated as soon as they reported missing, so they cannot be used if found. The passes do not contain information identifying them to their respective building or organisation. Staff are regularly reminded of the importance of keeping their security pass safe, through the induction programmes and security awareness publicity.
Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the benefit to the UK economy of (a) professional and (b) amateur sports in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002 and (iii) 2003; 
In June 2003, Sport England published the report, "The Value of the Sports Economy in England", which presented a summary of the value of the sports economy to the economy in England. The data in the report relates to 2000, the last year for which comprehensive data is available. The report found that sport generated more than £9.8 billion in value added to the economy in England, approximately 1.5 per cent. of total gross value added (GVA) for England. The breakdown according to sector is as follows:
|Value added (£ million)|
|Higher education establishments||422|
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Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the financial benefit to amateur sports of setting the thresholds at which community clubs are exempt from corporation tax at £50,000; 
John Healey: The doubling of the corporation tax exemption thresholds for community amateur sports clubs will remove the requirement to complete an annual tax return for eligible clubs enabling them to concentrate on the development of their clubs. The financial benefit to amateur sport clubs will depend on the financial circumstances of each club.
The financial benefits of mandatory rates relief for registered community amateur sports clubs will depend upon the size and structure of each club and whether it previously received discretionary rates relief from its local authority.
Ruth Kelly: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Mrs. Lawrence) on 13 January 2004, Official Report, columns 63435W. The Financial Services Authority has regulatory responsibility for Standard Life. I understand that no Standard Life policy holders have made representations to the Treasury concerning the future of Standard Life.
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