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Employment (Cleethorpes)

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs have been created in Cleethorpes constituency since 1997. [194188]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Shona McIsaac, dated 1 November 2004:


Number of employees(5) with workplace in Cleethorpes parliamentary constituency, 1997 and 2002
Number, percentage

Total
199727,700
200229,700
Change from 1997 to 2002 2
Absolute2,000
Percentage7.1


(5) Employee jobs only, not self-employed jobs.
(6) The 1997 to 2002 change has been rounded to the nearest hundred separately from rounded levels for 1997 and 2002.
Source:
1997; Annual Employment Survey, rescaled 2002; Annual Business Inquiry (ABI).




 
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Financial Services Authority

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of the Financial Services Authority in (a) recruiting and (b) retaining appropriate staff for discharging its role of regulating businesses in the financial sector. [194231]

Mr. Timms: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is operationally independent of Government. The management of the recruitment and retention of appropriate FSA staff is a matter for the FSA Board.

The FSA annual report for 2003–04 noted that appropriate strategies are in place for staff recruitment and retention and that these are key to the delivery of the FSA's business priorities.

Household Debt

David Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment has been made of the effect in socio-economic classes (a) 5, (b) 6, (c) 7 and (d) 8 of household debt on income levels in (i) North West Leicestershire, (ii) the East Midlands and (iii) England. [194503]

Mr. Timms: Information is not available in the form requested. Research on the relationship between debt and income includes the work of the Task Force on Tackling Over-indebtedness and the related Household Survey (www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/topicsl/overindebtedness.htm), and research reports such as "Characteristics of families in debt and the nature of indebtedness" (211, June 2004, www.dwp.gov.uk/iad/asd5/rports2003–2004/rrep211.asp) and "Low-income Families and Household Spending" (192, July 2003, www.dwp.gov.uk/iad/asd5/rrepl92.asp). The Government set out its policy in the Consumer Credit White Paper (Cm 6040).

Immigration

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of net immigration into (a) England and (b) the United Kingdom over the next 20 years. [195125]

Mr. Timms: The most recent estimates come from the Government Actuary's latest (2003-based) national population projections. The information requested is available from the GAD website at: http://www.gad.gov.uk/Population/2003/methodology/migrass.htm

Income Tax

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners were paying income tax on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will break down the total amount into amounts paid by each gender in five-year age ranges. [194837]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to table 3.12 'Income and tax for the elderly, by region and country' on the Inland Revenue website at www.inlandrevenue.gov. uk/stats/income_distribution/table-312–2001–02.xls.

The total amount of income tax in 2001–02 paid by pensioners aged 65 and over by each gender and five-year age ranges is given in the following table.
 
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Amount of income tax (£ million)
Age rangeMaleFemale
65 to 69 years2,410710
70 to 74 years1,580620
75 to 79 years980490
80 to 84 years470350
85+ years280300
All (65+ years)5,7102,470




Note:
Estimates have been rounded so may not sum to the totals.



Estimates are based upon the Survey of Personal Incomes 2001–02.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of increasing income tax on levels of tax avoidance. [195263]

Dawn Primarolo: This Government has committed itself not to increase the basic or top rates of income tax. Tax avoidance undermines the principle of fairness that underpins the tax system and the Government keeps under review factors that may influence the behaviours of taxpayers. When considering changes in tax policy, the Government takes into account behavioural impacts that have a significant and quantifiable effect upon the level of tax avoidance.

Local Councils

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the ability of town and parish councils administering funds on behalf of arm's length projects or organisations which are largely funded by Government to reclaim VAT expenditure incurred on behalf of those projects or organisations. [195294]

Dawn Primarolo: Local authorities can reclaim the VAT incurred on goods and services they purchase in connection with either their taxable activities or their non-business activities.

There are long-established guidelines on the recovery of VAT when other organisations are involved as well. To qualify for refunds in those circumstances, a local authority should place the order for the purchase; receive the goods or services ordered; be in receipt of a VAT invoice addressed to it; and pay for the purchase from its own funds.

Red Diesel

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many litres of red diesel were purchased in the UK in each year since 1997. [194212]

John Healey: Hydrocarbon oils clearance figures are published by Customs and Excise in the Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin a copy of which can be found on the UK Trade Information website www.uktradeinfo.com.

Royal Residences

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent in the last 10 years on refurbishment of the property in Windsor Great Park recently leased by HRH the Duke of York; and from what sources. [191343]


 
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Mr. Timms: Under the terms of which the Queen Mother occupied Royal Lodge, the internal works were the responsibility of her office while The Crown Estate was responsible for the maintenance of the exterior of the building and the surrounding grounds. Total Crown Estate expenses on all such maintenance (exterior building and grounds) over the last 10 years amounts to £711,087. During that time no external work has been undertaken which could be described as refurbishment.

The Crown Estate has incurred no expenditure on internal refurbishment work.

Shareholder Executive

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what appointments he has made to the Shareholder Executive. [192783]

Mr. Boateng: The Treasury makes no appointments to the Shareholder Executive.

Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures (a) the Office for National Statistics, (b) the Board of Inland Revenue, (c) HM Customs and Excise and (d) his Department (i) has undertaken and (ii) plans to undertake to comply with the Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order 2003. [194436]

John Healey: Neither Inland Revenue nor Customs and Excise uses CHP. The estate properties do not generally lend themselves to offering good opportunities for CHP as there is little industrial or high consumption usage on individual facilities. Currently, PFI contractors are looking at certain Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue sites to see if they have the potential to use CHP.

The heating to the Treasury HQ in 1 Horse Guards Road is provided by the Whitehall district heating system, which is supplied from CHP plant.

ONS are currently negotiating with OGC for a CHP energy supply to meet the framework target. ONS purchase 100 per cent. of the Southport site's energy from renewable sources, this is equivalent to 10 per cent. of the estate's requirement. ONS are about to commission a feasibility study for a CHP plant at the Newport site.


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