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Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has received the outline business case for the Paddington Basin Health Campus from the North West London strategic health authority. 
Mr. Mudie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) annuities and (b) pensions are still paid from public funds to the descendants of any individuals who through particular public service were granted exceptional perpetual annuity or pension payments. 
John Healey: The Government uses two headline measures in its assessment of the UK's productivity performance: HM Treasury estimates of underlying productivity growth in the UK over the economic cycle; and ONS International Comparisons of Productivity estimates.
Details can be found in the technical note accompanying the Treasury's PSA target on productivity; in Productivity in the UK 5: Benchmarking UK productivity performance: A consultation on productivity indicators 1 "; and Benchmarking UK productivity performance: The Government's response to the consultation on productivity indicators 2 ";.
In 2004 the personal allowances for all those aged 65 and over were increased in line with earnings by a provision in the Finance Act. The Chancellor announced his intention at last December's PBR of introducing a similar increase to the personal allowance for all those aged 65 and over in this year's Finance Bill.
This overrides the automatic increase which is made in line with prices for all personal allowances. The higher allowances for those aged 65 and over are reduced where their income is above a certain level. This level, £18,900 for 200405, is also increased automatically in line with prices.
In common with everyone else, those over 65 can withdraw funds from any ISAs they have tax free. Consequently, this does not affect their entitlement to age-related personal allowances.
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Table 1 gives estimates of the levels of unemployed people resident in the Aberdeenshire Unitary Authority analysed by age group and covering twelve-month periods ending February each year from 1999 to 2004.
The Office for National Statistics also compiles statistics of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. Table 2 gives, for each age group, the average number of people resident in the Aberdeenshire Unitary Authority who were claiming Jobseeker's Allowance benefits in each year from 1999 to 2004.
|12 months ending February||All 16 and over||1624||2534||3544||4554||55 and over|
|Annual averages||All 18 and over||1824||2534||3544||4554||55 and over|
Dawn Primarolo: VAT revenue figures are published by HM Customs and Excise in the VAT factsheet, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House and from Customs' website: http://www.uktradeinfo.com
Charles Hendry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from (a) universities and (b) libraries with regard to the level of VAT levied on electronically published materials. 
I am not aware that any Treasury Minister has received any representations from universities and libraries with regard to the level of VAT levied on electronically published materials in the last year.
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Mr. Bradshaw: I have received a considerable amount of correspondence both for and against the licensing of pet fairs under the proposed Animal Welfare Bill, and I am currently considering how best to take forward work on this issue.
Mr. Bradshaw: The National Fallen Stock Scheme has been operating for just over three months and already has 25,000 members. While acknowledging there have been teething problems with collection of fallen stock in some parts of the country, the National Fallen Stock Company reports that it is pleased with the response and that the scheme is generally working well.
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