Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Section of the Joint Committee (EEC-Norway) met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Customs Section of the Joint Committee (EEC-Iceland) met; when and where these meetings took place; which UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the eventual phasing out of national designs on euro notes and coins is planned; and what (a) volume and (b) value of euro notes and coins has been repatriated since the inception of the euro. 
Mr. Timms: The informal ECOFIN Council of Verona agreed in April 1996 that euro coins should have a distinctive national obverse side, the designs for which were decided by each member state. Arrangements concerning the technical specifications of euro coins were formally set out in Council Regulation (EC) No. 975/98 of 3 May 1998. Arrangements concerning the transfer of euro notes and coins are the responsibility of the European Central Bank and can be found on their website: www.ecb.int
Dawn Primarolo: The proceeds from footballers' testimonial events may already be chargeable to tax under present law. Whether they are or not depends upon the circumstances of each individual case. We have no current plans to change this. However, we keep all aspects of the tax system, including this one, under review.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the recent release of documents relating to the United Kingdom's exit from the ERM in 1992 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
John Mann: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of exempting charitable donations for health treatment from income calculations in relation to tax credit entitlements. 
Mr. Timms: All charitable donations which qualify for Gift Aid, whatever their purpose, should be deducted from the calculation of income when claiming the child and working tax credits. Information is provided in the guidance notes that accompany the tax credits claim form and annual declaration. There is also a working sheet available on request from the Inland Revenue Tax Credits Helpline to help claimants make such deductions when working out their income for tax credit purposes.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Huddersfield constituency, the effects on Huddersfield of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
The Government have put in place a broad programme of both macroeconomic and microeconomic reform since our election in 1997 designed to better the economic performance of all parts of the UK. Since these policies were implemented the economic performance of the Huddersfield constituency has improved considerably. For example, since May 1997, claimant unemployment has fallen
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by 53 per cent., long-term unemployment has fallen by 90 per cent., and long-term youth unemployment by 91 per cent.
The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 Census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at http://neighbourhood.statistics. gov.uk./
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the total value of gifts made in a year which become exempt from inheritance tax because they have been made at least seven years before death; and what estimate he has made of how many people make such gifts in a year. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on the inheritance tax yield of changing the rate at which inheritance tax is chargeable to (a) zero per cent. for sums between £0 to £300,000, (b) 40 per cent. for sums between £300,000 to £600,000 and (c) 50 per cent. for sums over £600,000. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for the environment of the differential rates of VAT applied to insulation material when bought privately and when installed. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Government are committed to improving household energy efficiency, as part of their programme to meet the Energy White Paper targets and see the use of economic instruments as an effective way to implement environmental policy.
The Government apply a reduced rate of VAT for the contractual installation of energy-saving materials in certain circumstances and have a long-standing commitment to pursue an amendment to the EU sixth VAT directive to permit a reduced rate of VAT for the purchase of energy-saving materials for DIY installation.
Evaluation of policy initiatives to protect the environment, including tax measures, is being carried out as part of the climate change programme review. This review is due to report its findings in the summer.
Details of ivory seizures, including weight where available, made by HM Customs and Excise in the first half of the fiscal year 200405 will
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appear in the combined Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise spring report, due to be published in May 2005. A copy will be placed in the Library of the House.