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You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question about what action will be taken by the Water Service to recover the overpayment made to a contractor for laying a pipe (16142). I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
I am assuming that your question refers to the investigation of suspected fraud in Water Service raised in the Northern Ireland Audit Office Report Departmental Responses to Recommendations in NIAO Reports" published on 19 July 2005. This publication included a progress report on the recovery of an overpayment from a Water Service contractor.
The socio-economic Assessment produced to support the Olympic and Olympic legacy planning applications concluded that after the Games, the Olympic Park area alone will accommodate 11,270 permanent jobs as a direct result of the Games.
It is not possible at present to make a firm estimate of the cost to London's and the United Kingdom's economy of the bombings on 7 July. The separation of the impact of the bombing from other variations in the London economy is complex. Furthermore, much of the economic data for the period following the bombing is not yet available.
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Mr. Ivan Lewis: Treasury officials regularly discuss issues relating to cash machine charges with members of the banking and financial services industry and other stakeholders. Cash machine charges have also been raised in meetings between Ministers and members of the banking and financial services industry.
The Government believe that people, particularly those on low incomes, should be able to access their cash free of charge. There are over 30,000 free cash machines in the UK. Over 96 per cent. of ATM withdrawals are made at such machines. Other options for obtaining free access to cash include 'cash back' and, for many account holders, free over-the-counter withdrawals at the Post Office.
The Government's response to the Treasury Committee's recent report on Cash Machine Charges (the Treasury Committee's Fifth Report of Session 200405) was published by the Treasury Committee on 19 July 2005. The response sets out Government policy on the matter in more detail. Like the Treasury Committee, we see charging cash machines as being a legitimate business model. The majority have been introduced recently in locations where previously there was no cash machine and where there would not be a sufficiently high number of transactions to support a free ATM. The Government does not believe there is evidence to suggest that free ATMs are under threat from charging machines as the number of free ATMs in the UK is still increasing. However, if evidence were found of a significant reduction in the number of free ATMs, then the Government would be concerned.
Mrs. James: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the banking and the financial services industry about cash machine charges; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
Treasury officials regularly discuss issues relating to cash machine charges with members of the banking and financial services industry and other stakeholders. Cash machine charges have also been raised in meetings between Ministers and members of the banking and financial services industry. The Government's response to the Treasury Committee's recent report on Cash Machine Charges (the Treasury Committee's Fifth Report of Session 200405) was published by the Treasury Committee on 19 July 2005. The response details Government policy on the matter.
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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the percentage change in the number of births in each Strategic Health Authority area in London over the last five years. (15595)
|Area||1999 to 2000||2000 to 2001||2001 to 2002||2002 to 2003||2003 to 2004||1999 to 2004|
|North West London SHA||-0.8||-0.4||2.7||3.6||2.8||8.1|
|North Central London SHA||1.5||-1.5||1.9||3.9||2.9||8.8|
|North East London SHA||-0.2||1.1||1.6||4.4||-0.2||6.8|
|South East London SHA||-0.7||-2.1||1.2||5.4||2.1||5.9|
|South West London SHA||-3.7||0.2||-1.0||5.7||3.0||4.0|
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of producing the summary leaflet Budget 2005, Investing in Our Future: Fairness and Opportunity of Britain's Hard-working Families; how much of the cost was accounted for by (a) printing and design, (b) copywriting and (c) distribution; how many copies were produced; how many were circulated unsolicited; and to whom. 
John Healey: The total cost of producing the 2005 Budget summary leaflet was around £136,000. The printing cost was around £51,000 and the distribution cost was around £85,000. All costs were met from within the Treasury's departmental expenditure limits. There is no specific cost associated with writing the leaflet as it was created alongside the 2005 Budget Red Book.
The summary leaflet is designed to provide a concise and informative summary of the Budget. It is aimed at a wide audience, and so is distributed to various public organisations such as GPs' surgeries, libraries, post offices, schools and universities. Approximately 1.2 million leaflets were distributed in Budget 2005.
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