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Total household assetsincluding savings, pensions, life insurance and housingcurrently stand at over £6 trillion. Total household net wealththe excess of household assets over debthas risen by around 50 per cent. in real terms since 1997.
Government policy on saving and pensions has had a very positive effect. The Government provides tax support of £2 billion every year for savers through Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) and other products, resulting in increased take-up of ISAs by both low-income groups and the young. The Government also provides generous tax relief for pension saving worth over £11 billion per year in net terms to individuals and employers and is simplifying the pensions regime by replacing eight regimes with just one, providing greater choice and flexibility to 15 million pension savers.
The Government's wide-ranging support for saving and pensions includes: empowering individuals with financial information; promoting simpler, fairer and more trusted savings and pensions products, including through the suite of 'Stakeholder' products; and providing targeted incentives and support for saving throughout people's livesfrom childhood, to working life and into pension age, including through the Child Trust Fund, Individual Savings Accounts, pensions and the use of matching, as in the Saving Gateway.
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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about how many unemployed claimants and long term unemployed claimants there were in the Bassetlaw constituency in each year since 1990. (201088)
For the years 1990 to 2003, the attached table shows annual averages of: (a) All Job Seeker's Allowance claimants resident in the Bassetlaw constituency; and (b) among those, the numbers claiming for over 12 months.
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Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there are to increase the number. 
The Government have introduced the national minimum wage to ensure a fair minimum income from work, and the working and child tax credits which enhance work incentives and provide financial support to families. The tax credits respond to family size and circumstances, providing additional income on top of earnings targeted on those who need it most.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 4W, on anti-war protesters, whether the three intruders who reached an office within the building were detected immediately on entering the building; and what measures are being put in place to prevent a similar incident in future. 
Ruth Kelly: All four protesters were detected on entering the building; one was challenged immediately, the other three were stopped and challenged a few minutes later once additional security staff had been deployed to the scene. Following the incident immediate measures were taken to reinforce security at the front entrance of the building as a necessary precaution. The Cabinet Office is also reviewing all security procedures.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many meetings of each Cabinet Committee of which he is a member have been held since his appointment; and how many of these meetings he has attended. 
It has been established practice under successive Governments not to disclose information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees under Exemption 2 of Part II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many departmental mobile telephones were used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in her Department in each year since 1997; at what cost; how many such telephones were lost or stolen in each year since 1997; and what the replacement costs were in each case. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what (a) instructions and (b) guidance her Department has issued to the Government Car Service concerning the procurement of ministerial cars, with particular reference to purchasing British-manufactured automobiles, where British models offer at least as good value-for-money as equivalent overseas models; 
Ruth Kelly: The responsibility for the provision of ministerial cars and drivers has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Government Car and Despatch Agency. I have asked its Chief Executive Mr. Nick Matheson to write to the hon. Member. Copies of his letter will be placed in the Library, and is printed as follows:
The Minister of State for the Cabinet Office has asked me in my capacity as the Chief Executive responsible for the Government Car and Despatch Agency to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about procurement of ministerial cars.
In establishing whether a particular car is suitable for use by the Government Car Service I have to be satisfied that I am achieving value for money, that I meet the guidelines set by the Prime Minister and that I comply with European Union procurement regulations. I cannot favour one manufacturer over another purely on the grounds of the country of manufacture of a particular vehicle.
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