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Mr. Hood: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what budget was allocated for carers and the carer's allowance in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK for 2004–05; and if he will make a statement. [13830]

Dawn Primarolo: The Government do not allocate a fixed budget for carer's allowance. Expenditure on carer's allowance is driven by the number of eligible claimants. Expenditure on carer's allowance in Scotland in 2004–05 was £106.7 million. Expenditure for the United Kingdom in the same period was £1,186.5 million. Depending on their individual circumstances, carers may also be entitled to other social security benefits or tax credits.

In England the carers grant was introduced in 1999 and since then has provided an extra £450 million over the past five years, to increase the number of breaks for carers. In 2004–05 the grant was £125 million. The grant is worth £185 million in 2005–06 and will continue at this level until 2007–08 at least. This is an area of devolved policy and therefore the budget for carers in Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Executive.


Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people will reach the age of 18 years in each of the 10 years commencing 2000. [14260]

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John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. David Amess, dated 27 July 2005:

Population aged 18 on 30 June in England Wales

Population estimates
Projected estimates

Office for National Statistics, Government Actuary's Department

Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many men aged (a) between 60 and 65, (b) 66 and 70 and (c) over 70 years of age are estimated to be employed in England and Wales. [14264]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. David Amess, dated 22 July 2005:

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The number of men aged 60 and over who are not in employment(87) in England and Wales—not seasonally adjusted

Not in employment(87)
Three months
ending May 2005
and Wales
60 to 6461156446
65 to 6993187259
70 and over2,3182,177141

(87)Those who stated they were unemployed or inactive.
Sum of components may not equal due to founding.
ONS—Labour Force Survey

Child Trust Fund

Mr. David Hamilton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Midlothian have received the child trust fund. [14753]

Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in the Wansbeck constituency are eligible to receive the child trust fund; and how many applications have been made from the Wansbeck constituency. [14465]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I refer the hon. Members to the answer given to the hon. Member for Houghton and Washington, East (Mr. Kemp) on 20 July 2005, Official Report, columns 1826–27W.

Civil Servants

Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in bonus payments related to performance to Senior Civil Servants in the Inland Revenue in each of the last four years. [13879]

Dawn Primarolo: Bonuses awarded to members of the Senior Civil Service in the Inland Revenue over the last four years are as follows:
Total bonuses paid (£)Number of SCS staff receiving bonusesTotal number of SCS staff

Climate Change Levy

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the climate change levy on (a) new tyre manufacturers and (b) manufacturers of retreaded tyres; [14640]

(2) what assessment he has made of the effects of the climate change levy on companies increasing expenditure to increase energy efficiency putting themselves below the 3 per cent. energy usage against manufacturing costs criteria required for the 80 per cent. climate change levy reduction; [14641]

(3) how many manufacturers of tyres have received a discount from the climate change levy; and how many have done so in each year since its introduction; [14642]
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(4) how many (a) applicants in total and (b) tyre manufacturers have been unsuccessful in applying for a reduction in the climate change levy in each year since its introduction. [14643]

John Healey: Climate change levy is assessed on UK industry as a whole and it is not feasible to make an assessment of its impact on every business sector or individual company. The CCL was introduced with offsetting tax cuts for business which included a 0.3 percentage point reduction in employers' national insurance contributions introduced at the same time as the levy in April 2001, support for energy efficiency through enhanced capital allowances and the setting up of the Carbon Trust.

The Government published an independent evaluation by Cambridge Econometrics of the climate change levy at Budget 2005 (available from the House of Commons Library or the HMRC This showed that climate change levy is expected to deliver significant annual carbon dioxide savings of over 3.5 million tonnes of carbon in 2010.

No specific assessment has been made of the effects of the levy on individual companies' investment decisions or energy intensity levels.

Businesses in sectors that sign climate change agreements committing them to meet energy efficiency targets receive an 80 per cent. reduction in the levy. Eligibility is currently dependent on a sector being covered by the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations, although in Budget 2004 the Government announced plans to extend eligibility, subject to state aid approval to their proposals. Under the existing arrangements, climate change agreements were drawn up with relevant trade bodies before the levy was introduced in 2001. Six manufacturers have signed the New Rubber Tyre Manufacturing Sector's umbrella agreement and therefore receive the 80 per cent. discount. However, there has been no other formal application process under the current eligibility criteria, and therefore no details of successful or unsuccessful applicants in any sectors.

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