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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) number of actions, (b) number of settlements, (c) number of court cases and (d) the costs of each settlement. 
HM Treasury paid the following sums to the Treasury Solicitor (in the case of 200304 to the Treasury Solicitor and, in relation to one case, a private sector firm) for work billed by litigation teams for the years in question:
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|Cases worked on in year||Total (fees and disbursements) (£)|
The figure for "Cases worked on" in any given year will normally correspond to the number of actions/cases, but will also include pre-action matters and certain other work such as that on inquiries. Cases worked on in more than one year will be counted for each year concerned.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average and (b) median (i) weekly and (ii) hourly gross earnings (A) including and (B) excluding overtime is of (1) managers, (2) senior professional, (3) associate professional and technical, (4) administrative and secretarial, (5) skilled trades, (6) personal service, (7) sales and customer service, (8) process, plant and machine operatives and (9) elementary occupational groups are in each local authority area in Scotland, broken down by (x) male, (y) female and (z) all workers. 
Average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period, by their place of work. This is the standard definition used for Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings tables. The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings does not collect data on the self-employed and people who do unpaid work. The survey, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It has a one per cent. sample of all employees.
Data for local authority areas in Scotland broken down by occupation groups are not currently available; however data for Scotland broken down by occupation groups are available on the National Statistics web site as follows:
Mr. Timms: The core Treasury procurement service let 16 tenders in 200304, covering periods of up to five years, with a total value of £29.2 million. Of this total, £13.3 million was for a two year contract let by the Treasury, but handed over to the Home Office to administer and pay for.
Mr. Boateng: Yes. The independent Office for National Statistics classifies NHS foundation trusts as public sector bodies. This means that their transactions and liabilities count as transactions and liabilities of the public sector.
Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money was allocated from the National Insurance Fund to (a) the state pension and (b) sickness benefit in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
|Retirement pension||Incapacity benefit|
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will update the estimates of (a) the total NHS spending in the UK in 200506, 200607 and 200708 in figure 6.1 of the Budget 2002 and (b) gross UK NHS Spending as a proportion of GDP in 200506, 200607 and 200708 in figure 6.2 of the Budget 2002. 
|200506||200607||200708||Average real growth|
|Total UK public sector health spending(28)||88.6||97.4||107.2||7.1|
|Total UK health spending||8.6||8.9||9.2|
|Total UK public sector spending||7.1||7.5||7.8|
|Total UK private sector spending(29)||1.4||1.4||1.4|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to decide an appeal against the Inland Revenue's decision to recover an overpayment in tax credits is; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: For the level of accuracy of processing and calculating tax credits for 200304 I refer my hon. Friend to page 29 of the Inland Revenue's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2004. This is available on the Inland Revenue website at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk The Inland Revenue will similarly report against its targets for 200405 in due course.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the appeal made on 17 November 2004 against the Inland Revenue's decision to recover overpayments from the right hon. Member for Birkenhead's constituent, Mrs. Wynne, will be heard. 
Mr. Tyler: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests to reconsider recovery of overpayments of tax credit have been received; how many have been dealt with; and how many of those dealt with were successful on the grounds of an official error. 
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