Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since 1 June he has been informed of a Minister issuing a direction to an accounting officer as set out in paragraphs 14 to 17 of the Treasury document, The Responsibilities of an Accounting Officer; on which grounds the note of dissent was issued; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The Treasury has not been informed of any directions issued by Ministers to Accounting Officers under this guidance since the reply given to the hon. Member by my predecessor on 8 July 2004, Official Report, column 810W.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, column 16W, on the International Cricket Conference Headquarters, from which International Sports Federations he has received representations on taxation issues affecting their proposed headquarter locations. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 9 December 2004]: The Government have received a representation from the UK Sports Council. The Government welcome any further representations there may be on taxation issues.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the policy of the Department to retain for the benefit of future (a) historians and (b) applicants under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the same (i) complete categories of files, (ii) numbers of files and (iii) representative examples of files from categories of files destroyed as had been preserved prior to the passage of that Act. 
Mr. Timms: In accordance with the Public Records Act 1958 S.3, the selection of records of enduring historical value for permanent preservation at The National Archives (TNA) will continue to take place in HM Treasury under the guidance and supervision of TNA staff. The Department will also comply with the Code of Practice on Records Management, issued by the Lord Chancellor under S.46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, which underlines the importance of having clear selection policies and disposal schedules in place.
Mr. Timms: Records are appraised 29 years after the oldest paper on the file. In accordance with The National Archives' guidance, the Treasury has destroyed the following number of files in each of the last five years.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation. 
Mr. Timms: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 12 May 2004, Official Report, column 355W. Expenditure on official entertainment for 200304 was £116,000. Further analysis could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in "Government Accounting".
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list activities in which his Department has been involved to promote the benefits of the Government's policy towards the European Union; what the costs were; what partner organisations were involved; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The Government work with a wide range of partners to develop and communicate their policy towards the European Union, including the CBI, Chambers of Commerce, trade unions and more, including other EU member states and EU institutions. Costs of these activities are covered from departmental budgets, as set out in annual departmental reports.
The estimates in table A are based on the regional Gross Value Added 1 (GVA) estimates published in December 2003. These are available on the National Statistics website at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=10904&More=n
|Gross value added (GVA)(2) per head for Lancashire County Council (NUTS3 area) at current basic prices 1995 to 2001|
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many redundancies per 1,000 workers are estimated from the Labour Force Survey to have been experienced in each industrial sector since 1997. 
The table overleaf shows the rates of redundancies per 1,000 employees in each industrial sector of the UK in each three month period since 1997. The data are up-dated quarterly in the "Jobleavers and redundancies" section of the ONS website.
|3 months ending||Agriculture, fishing, energy and water (A-C, E)||Manufacturing (D)||Construction (F)||Distribution, hotels and restaurants|
|3 months ending||Transport and communications (I)||Banking, finance and insurance|
|Public administration, education and Health (L-N)||Total services|
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