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Mr. Timms: The Treasury approved the final severance package for John Harwood, former Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council, on the basis that under the circumstances it represented value for money for the taxpayer.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on (a) provision of parking spaces for civil servants and (b) parking tickets and penalties incurred by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Timms: Winter fuel payments are paid at a level of £200 a year to qualifying households with someone aged over 60 rising to £300 for households with someone aged over 80. This benefits over 11 million households.
Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the measures contained in the pre-Budget report on (a) pensioners, (b) working families, (c) parents and (d) unemployed people in Ogmore. 
Some 11,300 pensioners in Ogmore will benefit from increases in the Basic State Pension from April 2005. The 3,786 pensioners in Ogmore who currently claim pension credit will benefit from the decision to increase the guarantee element in line with earnings. Those aged 70 or over will also benefit from an extra £50 payment to help with their council tax and other living expenses.
From April 2005 the child element of the child tax credit will increase, in line with average earnings, by £65 to £1,690 a year. Some 3,300 working families with 6,000 children in Ogmore are expected to benefit.
From 19992000 to 200304 the employment rate in Ogmore rose by 10.9 percentage points to 68.8 per cent. The claimant count unemployment rate in Ogmore fell from 3.7 per cent. to 2.4 per cent. over the same period. Since 1997, the new deal has helped over 1,800 people into jobs in Ogmore.
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Mr. Timms [holding answer 3 February 2005]: The estimated current cost of tax-exempt savings plans, with an annual premium limit of £300 is around £70 million per year and in recent years this cost has been increasing at an annual rate of about 10 per cent. Increasing the limit to £600 per annum would potentially cost the Exchequer an extra £30 million per year in the long run. Doubling the limit does not double the cost because many tax-exempt savings plan customers do not save at the current maximum.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which ministers were not present. 
Mr. Timms: Special Advisers hold meetings with a wide range of external representatives in their official capacity. All such meetings are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Timms: The total costs for staff training in the core Treasury, from the ledgers for 200203 and 200304 are £1,847,521 and £1,906,403 respectively. The Department's accounting system does not make a distinction between training days and development days held away from the Department. Information in respect of the earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The Treasury's spending on stationery was £380,000 in 200203 and £308,000 in 200304. The Department's accounting system does not make a distinction between stationery and office supplies. Information in respect of the earlier years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total tax take from cigarettes and cigars and connected products has been in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: Duty receipts for tobacco products can be found in the HM Customs and Excise "Tobacco Bulletin", which is available in the Library of the House of Commons and from HM Customs and Excise website address at http://www.uktradeinfo.co.uk/index.cfm?task=bulltobac
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in (a) the manufacture and retail of cigarettes, cigars and connected businesses, (b) public houses and restaurants and (c) the alcoholic drinks industry in the United Kingdom. 
Estimates are classified according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2003. The attached table shows the number of jobs in alcohol and tobacco-related industries in Great Britain, in December 2003, the latest period available.
|Industry and SIC03 code(30)||Number|
|1600||Manufacture of tobacco products||3,200|
|5125||Wholesale of unmanufactured tobacco(31)|
|5135||Wholesale of tobacco products||3,500|
|5226||Retail sale of tobacco products||17,200|
|1591||Manufacture of distilled potable alcoholic beverages||9,800|
|1592||Production of ethyl alcohol from fermented materials(31)|
|1593||Manufacture of wines||500|
|1594||Manufacture of cider and other fruit wines||1,300|
|1595||Manufacture of other non-distilled fermented beverages(31)|
|1596||Manufacture of beer||18,400|
|1597||Manufacture of malt||2,200|
|5134||Wholesale of alcoholic and other beverages||26,500|
|5225||Retail sale of alcoholic and other beverages||37,400|
|5117||Agents involved in the sale of food, beverages and tobacco(34)||4,100|
|5139||Non-specialised wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco(34)||73,700|
|5211||Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating(35)||1,021,300|
|5227||Other retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores(35)||28,400|
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