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Mr. Ivan Lewis: The European Union has made an historic commitment to double EU aid by 2010, as part of a timetable to reach 0.7 oda/GNI by 2015. This agreement will raise aid from last year's levels of around US$40 billion to, by 2010, over $80 billion. The agreement also includes a commitment that at least 50 per cent. of new aid will go to Africa.
The European Commission is currently reviewing its international aid policy. The UK is lobbying to improve the poverty focus of EC aid, and to ensure that a greater proportion is spend in low-income countries.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the introduction of new taxes on (a) domestic and (b) international UK flights to fund development aid for Africa; and if he will make a statement. 
"to continue our work programme on the IFF and its pilot, the IFF for Immunisation; some of the revenue proposals from the Landau report, including a pilot project, supported and led by France and Germany, for a contribution on air travel tickets to support specific development projects and to refinance the IFF".
Vera Baird: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tonnage of goods has been imported to the UK from Burma through (a) Teesport, (b) Harwich, (c) Felixstowe and (d) London per year on average over the past five years. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to update his guidance on full cost recovery for voluntary and community sector organisations; and what impact he expects this will have on (a) adult and (b) children's hospice funding. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government will publish during 2005 a second edition of Guidance to Funders, which will include detailed guidance to those issuing public funds on how to implement full cost recovery.
The NHS should be working with both children's and adults' hospices towards agreed levels of service, ensuring that the price for the agreed level of service reflects the full cost of the service to be provided, including the legitimate portion of overhead costs.
Further information for the voluntary palliative care sector on the principles of full cost recovery, together with Healthcare Resource Groups and Payment by Results, is being prepared by The National Partnership Group for Palliative Care.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to review previous criminal investigations into cases of fraud by staff working for Customs and Excise; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 23 June 2005]: The Internal Investigation Division of HMRC, together with the Professional Standards Unit of Law Enforcement Investigation, is currently reviewing a number of historic criminal cases involving officers of HM Customs and Excise. If the hon. Member has information pertinent to a specific case we would be pleased to look into the matter.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the criminal investigations which have been undertaken by Customs and Excise in respect of which legal proceedings are not ongoing into allegations of fraud and other malpractice by staff working for Customs and Excise in the last 10 years; and what the dates were of each. 
Dawn Primarolo: Over the last five years HMCE have conducted 12 criminal investigations where serving officers have been identified as potential suspects. Of these cases three have been put before the courts and have been finalized. The dates and outcomes of these cases is as follows:
Between 1995 and 2000 criminal investigations involving members of staff would have been undertaken by the national investigation service (NIS) of HMCE, or regional criminal investigation units (CIU). These investigations would have been restricted to matters assigned to HMCE, such as VAT or Excise duty evasion and the importation of prohibited or restricted goods.
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Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statement of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 1133, on the Finance Bill, what model was used to estimate the VAT gap. 
Dawn Primarolo: A detailed explanation of the technical approach for measurement of VAT losses was provided in Measuring Indirect Tax Losses", published in November 2002, alongside the pre-Budget report 2002. An updated version of this paper entitled Measuring and Tackling Indirect Tax Losses" was published in December 2003 and the latest update was published in December 2004. Copies of all these publications can be obtained from the House Library.
Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor bodies spent on consultancy projects in each of the last four years for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information is not available for 200102 and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost. In respect of 200203 and 200304, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer the former Financial Secretary (Mr. Timms) gave to the hon. Members for Stratford-upon-Avon and New Forest East on 25 October 2004, Official Report, columns 10556W. In 200405, expenditure by the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise was £74 million and £61 million, respectively.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths have been recorded in each year since 2001 where (a) Clostridium difficile, (b) glycopoptide resistant enterococci, (c) small round structured viruses and (d) Acinetobacter was (i) mentioned on the deathcertificate and (ii) also the underlying cause of death. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many deaths have been recorded in each year since 2001 where (a) Clostridium difficile, (b) glycopeptide resistant enterococci, (c) small round structured viruses and (d) Acinetobacter was (i) mentioned on the death certificate and (ii) also the underlying cause of death. (7220)
Figures for glycopeptide resistant enterococci, small round structured viruses and Acinetobacter are not available from routine death certification data. These are laboratory classifications of microorganisms. Such microbiological detail is rarely used in describing the illnesses from which patients suffer or die. Furthermore, as the ICD is not designed to capture microbiological detail, there are no specific codes in ICD-10 to check whether there are any deaths for which these conditions were mentioned on the death certificate.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) remit, (b) time scale and (c) reporting date are for the special study the Office for National Statistics is undertaking with the Health Protection Agency to identify the total number of deaths where Clostridium difficile was mentioned on the death certificate. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking about the remit, timescale and reporting date for the special study the Office of National Statistics is undertaking with the Health Protection Agency to identify the total number of deaths where Clostridium difficile was mentioned on the death certificate.
The remit of the special study currently being undertaken is to assess whether information on the number of deaths associated with C. difficile, beyond that available routinely, can be obtained by examining the text of death certificates with mention of illnesses other than enterocolitis that may be caused by this organism. This work is likely to take several months.
Initial identification of the likely number of deaths requiring manual checking will be completed in July. Only when this is complete will it be possible to estimate the timescale for the manual checking and subsequent release of the results of the study.
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