Vera Baird: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what (a) advice and (b) training is given to judges to help them to deal with family cases in which there is an application by a party who faces an allegation of (i) domestic violence and (ii) sexual abuse to cross-examine the other party about those allegations. 
Mr. Leslie: Judicial training is the responsibility of the Judicial Studies Board, an independent body chaired by Lord Justice Keene. In the Family Jurisdiction, where the alleged victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse is an adult, the alleged perpetrator who disputes the allegation is entitled to cross-examine the alleged victim. This is either in person if they are not legally represented, or by their advocate. The entitlement arises in the interests of justice and a fair trial. Where the alleged perpetrator exercises their entitlement to cross-examine, judges are taught of the need to balance the needs of justice with the needs of the alleged victims. Those needs of the alleged victim include not being subjected to any oppressive, insensitive, or unnecessarily prolonged questioning. If the alleged victim is a child, the child hardly ever gives evidence. His or her account is obtained earlier in an interview which is videoed.
All judges trying cases of this gravity will have been trained among other things in the need for that sensitivity, as well as advised about the impact of domestic violence and sexual abuse on their victims.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the deregulatory measure to raise the audit exemption threshold was contained in the list of 147 regulations for reform or removal referred to by the Chancellor in his Pre-Budget Report statement of 10 December 2003. 
John Healey: This deregulatory measure, which raised the audit exemption threshold to reduce the administrative burden on small companies, was not part of the list of 147 regulations for reform or removal referred to by the Chancellor in the 2003 Pre-Budget Report statement.
The statutory audit threshold measure was part of the original Regulatory Reform Action Plan published in February 2002. 147 referred to the number of new measures added to the Regulatory Reform Action Plan since the previous figure was publicised at Budget 2003; at that time the Chancellor had announced there were over 500 deregulatory measures.
Mr. Hayes: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on his meeting with representatives of Britain in Europe on 17 November 2004; what issues were discussed; whether civil servants were present; and in what capacity he attended. 
Dawn Primarolo: All children born since 1 September 2002 in families awarded Child Benefit will receive a Child Trust Fund. In 200506 around 700,000 families will benefit from the Child Trust Fund across the country as a whole. No estimate is available of the number of children benefiting in Pendle. However, there were around 12,000 new births across Lancashire in 200304.
The CTF is intended to encourage parents and children to develop the savings habit. It will ensure that every child born since 1 September 2002, whatever their family background, will have access to a stock of assets from the age of 18, so they can invest in their future.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assurances he obtained from Sir Nicholas Montagu that he would not be consulting with PricewaterhouseCooper's clients on tax matters prior to granting him permission to join PWC. 
He should not be personally involved in lobbying, on behalf of PWC or its clients, the Inland Revenue for one year from his last day of service, and Government Ministers or officials in other Departments for six months from his last day of service; and
Acknowledging that it is not part of the job to which he is being appointed, he should stand aside from any discussion of, or giving advice on any tax related matters for two years from his last day of service.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Inland Revenue informers had their relationship terminated between 6 March 2000 and 28 July 2000; and how many Inland Revenue handling officers were posted elsewhere during this period. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue does not keep any form of central record of persons providing information to them (informers). The Inland Revenue does keep central records of covert human intelligence sources. No relationship with a covert human intelligence source was terminated within the dates given. No Inland Revenue handler has been posted elsewhere.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the fishing industry of the proposed rise of 1p per litre in the rate of fuel duty for red diesel. 
Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the agricultural industry of the proposed rise of 1p per litre in the rate of fuel duty on red diesel. 
[holding answer 13 December 2004]: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor takes account of all relevant economic, social and environmental factors for all sectors, including the farming industry, in determining duty rates. The Department for Trade and Industry estimate that agriculture accounts for only a small proportion of red diesel consumption.
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Mr. Gray: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 on the use of covert human intelligence sources by Inland Revenue. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Inland Revenue's use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, including the use of covert human intelligence sources, is monitored annually by the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners and is also subject to internal monitoring.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the (a) Commissioner of Inland Revenue and (b) Inland Revenue solicitor responsible for determining the impact of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 on the use of informers was. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act does not govern the use of informers except where those informers are also covert human intelligence sources. I refer the hon. Member to my answer to his companion question (204440).
Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Inland Revenue conducted an impact assessment of the effects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 on informers before its passage into law. 
Dawn Primarolo: I believe the hon. Member is referring to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. That Act is Home Office legislation. In accordance with normal practice the Home Office would have prepared a regulatory impact assessment on the Act.
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