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Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Inland Revenue and the Social Security Advisory Committee, dated 21 July 2004, a copy of which is available in the Library.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total revenue impact has been of changes in (a) duty on whisky, (b) duty on road fuels, (c) national insurance contributions and (d) the rates and bands for income tax since May 1997. 
Dawn Primarolo: The impact on Exchequer revenues of Budget decisions concerning direct and indirect taxes since May 1997 have been published at every Budget in chapter A of the Financial Statement and Budget Report. Copies of previous year Financial Statement and Budget Reports can be found in the House Library.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest figure is for the level of net taxes and social security contributions as a proportion of gross domestic product; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Table B15 in the 2004 pre-Budget report provides the latest figures for the level of net taxes and social security contributions as a proportion of GDP. Updated figures will be published in the Budget tomorrow.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2005, Official Report, column 1187W, on tobacco taxes, when he will place the figures for duty receipts on the website. 
The Chancellor and the Prime Minister meet regularly to discuss a wide range of issues. It has been the practice of successive Administrations
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for many years not to make public confidential communications between Ministers. Doing so would harm the candour and frankness of internal discussions.
Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs concerning publication of the Welsh translation of the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union. 
Mr. Touhig: I am pleased to say that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will be producing a Welsh translation of the Constitutional Treaty. This will be published on the FCO and the Wales Office websites.
I hope that the translation will help increase awareness of the contents of the Treaty and what it will mean for the people of Wales. My right hon. Friend has also produced a Welsh language version of the Guide to the EU Constitutional Treaty.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have to create regional broadcasting councils for the BBC; whether they are to be based on the Government Offices for the Regions regional structure; and if she will make a statement. 
Estelle Morris: Under the terms of its Royal Charter the BBC currently has a Regional Advisory Council for each of its 11 English regions. These regions do not coincide with the Government's regional office structure.
The Government's Charter Review Green Paper discusses possible ways of improving the BBC's responsiveness to licence fee payers, including building on the Corporation's existing regional and national Councils.
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Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter dated 3 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Colin Brierley. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the benefit to children of learning to play musical instruments of (a) existing and (b) planned programmes funded by her Department designed to encourage children to begin or continue playing; and if she will make a statement. 
Estelle Morris: Youth Music, a national charity set up in 1999 with £10 million per year of National Lottery money provided through Arts Council England, has granted over 1,500 awards nationally and reached over 880,000 participants. All projects funded through Youth Music are evaluated.
Youth Music has also funded seven Wider Opportunities pilots, in which schools have developed programmes to explore ways of delivering instrumental tuition to groups of young people. 'Creating Chances for Making Music', an evaluation of these pilots (and of a further six funded by DfES), has been sent to every primary school and LEA in England.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the cost of running the Television Licensing Authority was in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement; 
Estelle Morris: The BBC is the television licensing authority. The Corporation contracts out the collection work to a number of agents and meets these costs directly. The collection costs for each of the last three years, as published in the BBC's annual reports and accounts, were:
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