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John Healey: The total value of imports from Burma in 2004 was £74 million. The value broken down by category is available from HM Customs and Excise's website www.uktradeinfo.com and is shown in the following table:
|SITC(16)division||Goods||Statistical value (£)(17)|
|03||Fish, crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic invertebrates and preparations thereof||4,716,492|
|05||Vegetables and fruit||239,601|
|24||Cork and wood||749,090|
|33||Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials||7,513|
|59||Chemical materials and products (NES)||3,352|
|61||Leather, leather manufactures (NES) and dressed fur skins||5,181|
|62||Rubber manufactures (NES)||44,357|
|63||Cork and wood manufactures (excluding furniture)||179,437|
|64||Paper, paperboard and manufactures thereof||179,095|
|65||Textile yarn, fabrics, made up articles etc.||64,693|
|66||Non-metallic mineral manufactures (NES)||81,825|
|69||Manufactures of metal (NES)||527,006|
|71||Power generating machinery and equipment||2,193|
|72||Machinery specialized for particular industries||198,660|
|74||General industrial machinery and equipment and machine parts (NES)||392,739|
|75||Office machinery (NES) and adp machinery (NES)||119,837|
|76||Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment||388,747|
|77||Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances and electrical parts thereof (NES)||401,167|
|78||Road vehicles (including air cushion vehicles)||69,635|
|79||Other transport equipment||7,965|
|81||Prefabricated buildings; sanitary, plumbing, heating and lighting fixtures and fittings||35,337|
|82||Furniture and parts thereof; bedding, mattresses etc||3,176,896|
|83||Travel goods, handbags and similar containers||20,266|
|84||Articles of apparel and clothing accessories||61,282,989|
|88||Photographic and optical goods, (NES); watches and clocks||18,461|
|89||Miscellaneous manufactured articles (NES)||649,087|
|91||Postal packages not classified according to kind||266,383|
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition of local he uses in his proposals for providing free local bus travel for pensioners; whether he has costed the extension of this provision to ferries plying between points within the United Kingdom; and whether his proposals will apply to nations for which local transport is a devolved matter. 
Mr. Timms: The definition of local is set out in the Transport Act 2000. We have not costed extending this provision to ferries. It is for the devolved Administrations and Northern Ireland Ministers to determine policies in this area.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct the Tax Credit Office to reply to the letter of 28 January from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent, Mr. A. Palla of Peterhead, passed to it by Inland Revenue Scotland. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct the Tax Credit Office to reply to the letter of 7 December 2004 from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent, Mr. E. Mustoe of Fraserburgh. 
Mr. Bill O'Brien: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ask Mr. Rushton, Assistant Director of the Tax Credits Office, to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Normanton sent on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. C. of Kirkhamgate, Wakefield and their claim for tax credits outstanding from September 2004. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 15 March 2005]: The Inland Revenue replied to my hon. Friend on 14 March 2005. Hon. Members can call the Tax Credit Office MP Hotline, details of which are available on the parliamentary website, if they wish to discuss an individual constituent's tax credits claim.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on which dates the Inland Revenue sent a substantive reply to each communication received from (a) the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight and (b) his constituents in relation to case no. 2004/08001519; whether the targets set for replying to letters were met in each case; what arrangements are in place to compensate constituents for financial loss and distress arising from delayed or erroneous handling of claims; and if he will make a statement. 
The Revenue's approach to paying compensation is outlined in their Code of Practice 1, 'Putting things right', which is available on the Department's website at www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk and a copy of which has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
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Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the additional £400 million defence spending announced in his Budget statement of 16 March is (a) a provision for the cost of operations and (b) an addition to the Ministry of Defence's Request for Resources 1. 
Mr. Boateng: The £400 million has been added to the special reserve for the costs of military conflict in Iraq and other international obligations, as set out in paragraph 6.10 of Budget 2005 (HC 372).
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the difference between the figures given for the special reserve provision in paragraph A137, page 202 and in table C13, page 261 of the Budget 2005 (HC 372). 
Mr. Boateng: Paragraph A137 sets out the additional provision that was allocated to the Special Reserve in Budget 2005. The line entitled Unallocated special reserve" in Table C13 shows what remains in the special reserve after allocations to Departments.
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons are for the difference between the figures given for the Ministry of Defence's reserve budget in Spending Review 2004 (Cm 6237) and the Budget 2005 (HC 372). 
Mr. Boateng: There is no reserve budget specifically for the Ministry of Defence. However, since Spending Review 2004, the Government has added additional resources to its special reserve to make prudent provision for the costs of the military conflict in Iraq and its other international obligations.
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