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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 292W, on game rearing farms, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue which is lost because game farms are not accurately registered for non-domestic rates. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), whose valuation officers are responsible for maintaining non-domestic rating lists, do not hold any statistics relating to the loss of revenue due to any game farms not being identified and entered into the relevant lists. The VOA believes that any significant game farms have already been identified either by the Agency, billing authorities (who are responsible for notifying the Agency) or via inquiries by animal rights organisations or the Game Farmers Association. In general, game farm assessments produce relatively low rateable values. This is because the average operation is on a relatively small scale, the area of land utilised for the actual operations is often no more than a field or part of a field, often this is transient (which may mean the operation is not treated as rateable due to the de minimis provisions relating to the exemption of agricultural land) and any rateable buildings are poorly located, minimal and of agricultural quality.
The VOA has undertaken various initiatives over recent years to identify commercial game farms and to enter them in the non-domestic rating lists. Where the valuation officer is aware of a property that may be operating as a commercial game farm and it is not assessed for non-domestic rates, then the circumstances will be investigated by the valuation officer and action will be taken to assess the game farm, if appropriate.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births to women resident in (a) Fareham, (b) Gosport, (c) Portsmouth and (d) Havant local authority areas took place in (i) Blackbrook maternity unit, (ii) the Mary Rose Unit, St Mary's hospital Portsmouth, (iii) other Portsmouth hospitals NHS trust, (iv) other NHS hospitals, (v) at home and (vi) elsewhere in (A) 2003 and (B) 2004. 
The latest period for which data are available is 2003. A table is provided . The statistics relate to maternities, whether leading to a live-birth, a still-birth, or a multiple birth. (A multiple birth counts as one maternity and maternities before 24 weeks gestation are not registered.)
|Mother's local authority of residence|
|(i) Blackbrook Maternity unit||(13)||112||(13)||(13)|
|(ii) Mary Rose unit, Portsmouth||2,100||632||613||1,001|
|(iii) Other Portsmouth NHS trusts||(13)||(13)||212||(13)|
|(iv) Other NHS hospitals||44||273||24||194|
|(v) At home||47||20||22||22|
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) he or (b) any other Minister in his Department uses (i) an automated signing machine and (ii) a stamp for ministerial correspondence purposes. 
John Healey: Guidance on handling ministerial correspondence is set out in 'Handling Correspondence from Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords, MEPs and Members of Devolved Assemblies: Guidance for Departments' copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House. Treasury Ministers do not use automated signing machines or signature stamps for ministerial correspondence.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The UK benefits from a diverse and competitive mortgage market, which offers consumers a wide choice of products. FSA and HM Treasury officials maintain ongoing contact with market participants in order to keep abreast of product innovations.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will break down the tax relief given on approved pension scheme contributions in 200405 by decile of the pre-tax income distribution; 
(3) how much of the tax relief given on account of approved pension scheme contributions in 200405 was given to (a) taxpayers paying the 40 pence higher rate of income tax and (b) taxpayers who would have been paying the 40 pence higher rate of income tax were it not for this relief. 
It is not possible to break these estimates down by decile or taxable income bands. However, for relief on individual and employee contributions, a broad estimate of the proportion of relief split between higher rate payers, those that would be higher rate in the absence of the relief, and others is given as follows.
|Marginal income tax rate||Percentage of tax relief|
|Those that would be higher rate without the tax relief||5|
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Written Statement of 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 111WS, on pre-owned asset regulations (double charges), when he plans to publish the regulations. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions since 1997 Ministers from his Department have (a) authorised parliamentary counsel to assist in preparing amendments to private Members' Bills on behalf of other private Members and (b) authorised officials to instruct parliamentary counsel to prepare amendments which were subsequently passed to private Members. 
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