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Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the refurbishment projects in his Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what action is being taken to ensure that these will procure timber from legal and sustainable sources; and whether guidance will be issued to contractors on each of these projects ensuring that the timber used on site during refurbishment comes from legal and sustainable sources. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Land Transfer Returns Certificates will be issued for the balance of development no.401908146MZ, which Saulet & Company applied for on 25 May 2005. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: HM Revenue and Customs is statutorily debarred from disclosing publicly information relating to the tax affairs of individuals or public and private sector bodies. I have, however, written to the hon. Gentleman about the issue of the certificates concerned.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy to provide statistics relating to Scottish constituencies in terms of (a) Westminster and (b) Scottish Parliament boundaries. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking whether it is government policy to provide statistics relating to Scottish Constituencies in terms of (a) Westminster and (b) Scottish Parliament boundaries. (15642)
The Office for National Statistics aims to provide data for any geography which can be built up from its basic geographical building block. Where the statistics are based on electoral wards it should be possible to provide such data for both types of Scottish Constituencies.
In practice there is much Labour Force Survey, Claimant Count and Annual Business Inquiry data that is already available for both types of Scottish Constituencies. There is very little historical data as yet available for the new Scottish Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies. However investigations are in progress to determine how a best fit can be made to the wards used in the 1991 census that would then enable a 10 year back series to be created.
Mr. Henderson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department and public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group 4 Securicor in 200405; and if he will list (a) the nature and location of services provided and (b) the start and end dates of such contracts. [R] 
John Healey: HM Revenue and Customs and the Office of Government Commerce have contracts with Group 4 Securicor, the details of which are shown in the following table. None of the other public bodies for which the Chancellor is responsible (that is, HM Treasury, the Royal Mint, National Savings and Investments, Office for National Statistics, Government Actuary's Department, Valuation Office Agency, Debt Management Office, OGCbuying.solutions and the Statistics Commission) have had contracts with Group 4 Securicor in the past financial year. In some cases, their contractors may have subcontracted certain services to Group 4 Securicor, but in such arrangements, the costs, the services provided and the subcontract start and end dates are matters for the main contractors.
Name of body
Nature of services provided
Contract start date
Contract end date
|Amount spent in 200405 (£000)|
|HMRC||Newcastle||Manned guarding at HMRC Newcastle Estate||199697||October 2004|| |
|UK wide||Cash handling||1 April 2004||31 March 2006|
|OGC||Leeds||Keyholding and call-out response||30 June 2004||31 March 2006|
|Security, receptionists||1 April 2004||30 November 2005||1/2|
|Access control||1 April 2004||31 March 2006||1/2|
|Edinburgh||Keyholding and call-out response||1 November 2003||31 March 2006||1/2|
|Norwich||Access control, CCTV||1 April 2001||31 March 2006||257|
|Security, receptionists, reprographics, post room, handyman, porterage||1 December 2000||30 November 2005|| 1/2|
|London||Access control; CCTV||1 April 2002||31 March 2006|
Stephen Hesford: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce tax incentives for the installation of solar energy capacity in domestic dwellings; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government recognise the important contribution that renewable energy will make to its energy policy objectives. Accordingly, the Government have announced significant support for renewable and low carbon energy sources comprising capital grants and support for research and development
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totalling some £500 million. It has also introduced the Renewables Obligation which ensures all electricity suppliers produce a specified and increasing amount of energy from renewable sources. The Renewables Obligation is expected to be worth £1 billion a year to the industry by 2010. Within this context, over £20 million of Government funding have been allocated since 2002 under the Solar Photovoltaic Major Demonstration Programme to medium and large scale solar projects, with the Minister for Energy recently announcing funding of £1.5 million for 18 new solar installations across the UK.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The latest available data are for 200304 and relates to the average (interpreted as the mean) price for sales of Right-to-Buy council properties in England. The estimated mean price for the sale of a Right-to-Buy (RTB) property is £43,000, which would mean there being no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the sale of a property selling for that price. However the mean SDLT payable would not be zero if there were RTB properties which sold for more than the SDLT threshold (£60,000 in 200304). An estimate for the mean SDLT payable is not available although the median SDLT payable will be zero.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent (a) representations he has received from and (b) meetings he has had with (i) the Law Society Stamp Duty Complaints Group and (ii)others concerning complaints about stamp duty; what initiatives he has implemented as a result; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Senior officials from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have had regular meetings with the President and members of both the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland to discuss all aspects of Stamp Duty Land Tax, including complaints. HMRC have launched a number of initiatives, including a review of the reasons why land transaction returns are rejected. The results of this review have been shared with the representative bodies and details are available on the Stamp Taxes website at:
I'm pleased the Revenue has shown a willingness to work with us. If the changes they have announced deliver real improvements to solicitors and their clients we will have solid foundations to build on for our future relationship."
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Stamp Duty submissions are waiting to be processed at the (a) Manchester and (b) Newcastle offices; and what plans he has to improve the service. 
The SDLT 4 is a supplementary form where additional information is required about the transaction, for example, the purchaser is a company, the interest purchased is non-residential, or in some lease transactions.
The SDLT 5 is the certificate issued when the land transaction return has been completed correctly and any tax due has been paid. The work on hand refers to cases where a duplicate certificate has been requested by the purchaser or their solicitor.
|SDLT 2, SDLT 3 and SDLT 4||545|
Since 26 August, it has been possible to file SDLT returns on-line directly into the SDLT automated system. Using this service removes the need to use post,
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and (because of the in-built checks) has a very high probability of returns being correct 'first time' and results in an instant acknowledgement that the return has been accepted. HMRC is working with representative bodies to encourage the use of the service.
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