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Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Departments agreed to the reallocation of funds for the purpose of allocating additional funds to local authorities; how much was reallocated in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 13 December 2004]: As the Chancellor of the Exchequer set out in his evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on 16 December, full departmental spending allocations will be available through the publication of the Main Supply Estimates, which will take place in due course.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new jobs have been created in (a) Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, (b) the Scottish Borders and (c) Scotland in each year since 2002. 
The attached table shows the available information for the number of jobs and change in jobs in the parliamentary constituency of Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, the Scottish Borders and in Scotland, from 2001 to 2003.
|Number of jobs||2001||2002||2003|
|Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale(18)(5507390019)||19,000||21,500|||
|Change in number of jobs from previous year|
|Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale(18) , (19)||2,400|||
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households with (a) only one adult aged over 65 years and (b) two or more adults aged over 65 years there were in (i) England and (ii) each parliamentary constituency in the latest year for which figures are available. 
The National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many households with (a) only one adult, who is aged over 65 years and (b) two or more adults aged over 65 years there were in (i) England and (ii) each parliamentary constituency in the latest year for which figures are available. I am replying in his absence. (216228)
Specially commissioned table C0453 has been run for each Parliamentary Constituency of England and Wales to identify the number of (a) single occupancy households which contain one resident who was aged 65 and over, and b) households containing two or more people where all residents were aged 65 and over on Census day (29 April 2001). This has been placed in the House of Commons Library and is also available from Census Customer Services. Table C0453 shows that there were 2,683,603 households in England which contained one resident who was aged 65 and over. The same table shows that there were 1,566,863 households in England which contained two or more residents who were aged 65 and over.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensions were sold in each of the past 10 years on the basis of (a) tied advice, (b) independent advice and (c) execution only; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The information requested is not available in the format required. However, the First Report of the Pensions Commission" provides Individual Pension Sales by Channel for 2003 sourced from ABI new business statistics, 2003". The following figures include all Stakeholder, Group Personal Pension (GPP) and Free Standing Additional Voluntary Contribution (FSAVC) pensions.
|Distribution channel||Percentage of total sales|
|Independent financial advisers||79|
|Direct salesforce and tied agents||18|
|Direct marketing with no salesforce interview||2|
Mr. Timms: The Treasury's postage costs were £62,000 in 200203 and £67,000 in 200304, being the costs incurred on the Department's franking machines. Letters are posted second class unless specified otherwise. Information in respect of the earlier years is not readily available.
Mr. Timms: I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Financial Secretary (Ruth Kelly) to the hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Miss Kirkbride) on 14 January 2004, Official Report, column 810W, which stated that recruitment advertising costs were £126,000 in financial year 200203 and £173,000 in the first three quarters of financial year 200304. The estimated full year cost of advertising staff vacancies in 200304 was £210,000.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many targets have been set in each year since 1997 by the Department; and, of these, which have been (a) met, (b) nearly met, (c) not met, (d) changed and (e) dropped. 
Mr. Timms: Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets have been set every two years as part of the Spending Review. Since 1997 there have been four reviews: the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review, and the 2000, 2002 and 2004 Spending Reviews. A number of targets have been reinforced or refined by subsequent Spending Reviews, and an increasing number of PSA targets have been rolled forward between Spending Reviews. The number of PSA targets set during each Spending Review has fallen from over 250 in 1998 to 110 in 2004.
Performance against all PSA targets is reported in departmental reports. Since 2002, performance has also been reported in departments' autumn performance reports. A performance reporting website was introduced in 2003 (www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/performance).
Mr. Webb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received by the MP tax credits complaints team (a) by post and (b) by telephone in each month since the service was set up. 
The Inland Revenue Tax Credit Office has a team that deals with all letters from hon. Members. The team received 4,285 such letters directly from hon. Members in the period 1 April 200431 December 2004 broken down as follows.
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|Number of letters from|
hon. Members to TCO
(b) The MPs' Hotline in the Inland Revenue Tax Credit Office deals with calls from hon. Members about their constituents' tax credits claims. The number of calls received by the MP Hotline in 200304 and 200405 is as follows:
|Number of calls to Tax Credit Office MP Hotline|
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