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Mr. Timms: The UK's total net contribution (i.e. gross contribution, after abatement, less public sector receipts) to the EC Budget over the period 197374 to 200304 was some £50.9 billion. The Government's latest estimate for 200405 is £4.3 billion (net contribution).
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK's (a) rebate from the EU, (b) net contribution to the EU excluding the rebate and (c) net contribution to the Common Agriculture Policy excluding the rebate has been in each year since the rebate was introduced; how the rebate is calculated; how it is affected by changes in the UK net contributions to (i) the EU and (ii) the CAP; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: The European Commission is directly and solely responsible for calculating the UK abatement. The formula for the calculation is set out in Article 4 of the Own Resources Decision (Council Decision 2000/597/EC, Euratom of 29 September 2000 and explained in more detail in a Working Methods Paper first published in 1988 and revised in 1994 and 2000 (10646/00 ADD 2 of 21 September 2000). A more detailed explanation can be found in the Glossary of the 2004 European Community Finances" White Paper (Cm 6134, page 26).
|UK Rebate||UK net contribution, excluding UK rebate|
The Government's latest estimate of these two figures for 200405 are £3,722 million and £8,032 million respectively. The UK makes its contributions to the EC Budget as a whole and not to specific areas of expenditure. There is not therefore a UK net contribution to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Mr. Timms: The 2004 pre-Budget report announced a Financial Inclusion Fund of £120 million over the 2004 Spending Review period. In particular, the fund will support the Government's aims to increase access to forms of affordable credit and to see a significant increase in the capacity of free face-to-face money advice. Further details will be announced shortly.
Dawn Primarolo: The Government conducts an on-going dialogue with representatives across the manufacturing industry. The Chancellor will consider any changes to the corporate tax system as part of the normal Budget cycle.
The Annual Business Inquiry and Annual Employment Survey, are sample surveys and therefore the estimates used in this answer are subject to sampling variability. The small change in the number of jobs in Wimbledon from 1997 to 2003 should therefore be treated with caution.
|Change(46) in number of jobs since 1997||-1,000|
Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allow listed places of worship under his Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme to reclaim VAT paid on renovations and improvements which are designed to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2000. 
John Healey: There is already a VAT zero rate for approved alterations to certain listed buildings, including places of worship. There is also a VAT zero rate for certain works to improve facilities for disabled people within charity buildings.
Most works of renovation and improvement to listed places of worship which are necessary to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act will come within the scope of these reliefs or are covered by the Listed Places of Worship Grant scheme.
Llew Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on tax revenue of the implementation of Statutory Instruments No.644, of 10 March, in respect of the Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant and the Sellafield Mox plant, over the full period of the operation of those plants. 
It is not expected that any tax will be lost to the Exchequer. Statutory Instrument 2005/644 is expected to protect tax revenues as the activities it deals
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with are likely to be loss-making for tax purposes. The background to this and the purpose of the legislation was set out in more detail in the explanatory notes to Section 27 of the Energy Act 2004.
According to responses to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) sample survey for the twelve month period ending in February 2004, among people resident in the City of York Parliamentary Constituency 3,000 men and 13,000 women were working part-time.
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