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Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much surplus existed within the National Insurance Fund for the last period for which figures are available; what plans his Department has to reduce the surplus; and if he will make a statement; 
Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to Table 2 on page 7 of the Report by the Government Actuary (CM 6457) on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2005 and the Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2005. The Report, published in February 2005, estimates the receipts of NICs and payments from the National Insurance Fund for the years 200405 and 200506 and the balance in the fund at the start and end of each year. The Fund provides for state retirement pensions and other contributory benefits, and the Government are determined to continue managing it prudently.
John Healey: The Treasury's methodology for estimating trend growth has been set out in detail in successive Treasury publications: 'Trend growth: prospects and implications for policy' (November 1999); 'Trend growth: recent developments and prospects' (April 2002); and 'Evidence on the UK economic cycle' (July 2005). Further information concerning the methodology for dating on-trend points can be found in 'Fiscal policy: public finances and the cycle' (March 1999).
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish for each quarter since Q1 of 1997 the estimate of trend growth of non-oil GVA over the current cycle (a) before and (b) after the ONS data revisions on 30 June 2005. 
Prior to the publication of the 2005 Blue Book dataset on 30 June 2005, average annual growth of non-oil GVA was estimated to have been 3.2 per cent. per quarter between the estimated on-trend points in 1997H1 and 2001Q3. On the basis of the revised dataset this is now estimated to be 3.3 per cent. However, given that HM Treasury estimates of trend growth are based on whole economic cycles, and that the current cycle is
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now estimated to have started in 1997H1 and not ended, it is not yet possible to give definitive estimates of trend growth over the current economic cycle.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the standard errors on the estimate of trend non-oil GVA growth used to underpin chart 4.1 of the Treasury publication Evidence on the UK Economic Cycle. 
John Healey: Estimates of the sampling and non-sampling standard errors for non-oil Gross Value Added (GVA) data published by the Office for National Statistics are not available. Hence, neither are estimates of the standard errors of the Treasury's trend non-oil GVA growth estimates.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the estimates for each quarter since Q1 of 1997 of (a) actual non-oil gross value added, and (b) non-oil gross value added if it had grown according to trend, that underpin chart 3.1 of the Treasury publication Evidence on the UK Economic Cycle. 
John Healey: The trend rate of growth assumed in chart 3.1 of the Treasury publication 'Evidence on the UK economic cycle' is 3.06 per cent. a year between the estimated on-trend points in 1997H1 and 2001Q3, as documented in table B2 of Budget 2005 (HC 372), and the assumed rate of 2ÿ per cent. a year thereafter. The requested information, reproduced below, has since been superseded by revised ONS estimates of non-oil gross value added released on 30 June 2005 as shown in chart 4.1 of Evidence on the UK economic cycle".
Actual non-oil GVA
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Mr. Weir: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the last 12 months; if he will place copies of the results of each survey in the Library; which companies were used in conducting the research; and how much each was paid. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Total unfunded public service pension liabilities are estimated to be £460 billion as at 31 March 2004. (This is based on figures published in 200304 Resource Accounts and Accounts for 200405 have still to be finalised and published.) Figures for 1997 on the same basis are not available.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many points of collection there are for petroleum fuel duty; and what percentage of the total collected in 200405 came from (a) the top 10 and (b) the top 20 oil companies. 
John Healey: Hydrocarbon oils become liable to duty when they are imported or, if produced in the UK, when they are delivered for home use from a refinery. There are therefore no fixed points of collection for oils duty.
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