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Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what instructions he has given to Inland Revenue offices on the application of the Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) (Elected Representatives) Order 2002 to communications to the Revenue from hon. Members on behalf of their constituents. 
Mr. Des Browne: Data on Departmental Expenditure Limits, including the Welsh Assembly DEL, are published in the annual Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses. The latest data is in Table 1.11 of the 2005 edition of Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (Cm6521).
John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the increased aid pledged by EU member states will be delivered (a) bilaterally, (b) via the EU, (c) via the World Bank, (d) via the UN AIDS Fund and (e) via other multilateral agencies; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The EU member states made an historic commitment last month to double aid by 2010. Taking account of faster timetables towards the UN target of 0.7 per cent. ODA/GNI, EU aid will double from $40 billion in 2004 to $80 billion in 2010. It will be for individual member states to decide how the increased aid will be allocated.
|Gross contribution after abatement|
These estimates span the current Financial Perspective, which runs until 2006, and the beginning of the next Financial Perspective, which will set the EC Budget and policy framework for the period 2007 to 2013. Negotiations on the next Financial Perspective are ongoing and the above estimate for 200708 assumes an appropriately uprated roll forward of the status quo. It is without prejudice to the Government's assessment of the likely outcome of the ongoing negotiations on the next Financial Perspective.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the net UK contribution to the EU budget in each of the next 10 financial years if the UK rebate (a) remains in its current form and (b) is frozen at the current level. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government's latest forecast of UK net contributions to the EC budget, which covers the period to 200708, was included in a footnote to Table C11 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report (HC 372, page 257) published on 15 March 2005. This forecast is used for public expenditure planning purposes and assumes an appropriately uprated roll forward of the status quo. The continuing inefficiencies and inequities on the expenditure side of the budget, and the resulting unfairness of the UK position, mean the abatement remains fully justified and is not up for negotiation.
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 (i)Committee on mutual assistance in customs and agricultural matters, including operation of the CIS, (ii)Customs Code Committeegeneral customs rules and (iii) Customs Code Committeerecovery of claims met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Davidson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what EU legislation was implemented by (a) the measure IR35 (National Insurance: Service Provision through Intermediaries) in October 1999, (b) the Tax Credits Act 1999 and Accompanying Regulations (Working Families Tax Credit), (c) the Aggregates Levy (General) Regulations 2002 and (d) the Child Trust Funds Act 2004. 
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC are currently reviewing a random sample of finalised 200304 awardsthe first year of working tax credit and child tax creditto monitor the level of fraud and claimant error. However they will only be in a position to give an indication of the level of fraud or error later this year when that exercise has been completed.
Review the weighting and effectiveness of their detailed risk rules to rapidly identify cases for proactive intervention by specialist teams, such as stopping payment, or commencing a criminal investigation.
In any instance where HMRC do discover that a genuine claimant's identity has been misused by others, it aims to remedy the situation as quickly as possible and minimise any distress caused by those unlawfully impersonating that individual.
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We recognise the concern within the UK haulage industry about its competitiveness with overseas hauliers, and are therefore implementing our plans to introduce a lorry road-user charge, accompanied by offsetting tax cuts for hauliers who purchase duty-paid fuel in the UK.
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