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Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost of reducing the minimum holding period for (a) investments under the Enterprise Investment Scheme and (b) venture capital trusts in each year from 200001 to 200910; what economic effects have resulted from these changes; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: When these changes were introduced the cost was forecast to be £5 million in 200001, £15 million in 200102, £25 million in 200203 and £30 million thereafter. These costs are still our current best estimates, although the corresponding figures for 200405 and 200506 will be slightly higher due to the enhanced tax incentives introduced for VCTs during this period.
Regarding the economic benefits, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 15 September 2003, Official Report, column 599W by my right hon. Friend the Paymaster General to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws).
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was received in total from the duty on the sale of fuel and diesel in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
John Healey: Excise duty receipts for Hydrocarbon Oils are included in Table 3 of the HM Revenue and Customs statistical Bulletin for Hydrocarbon Oils, which can be found on HM Revenue and Customs website address at: http://www.uktradeinfo.co.uk/index.cfm?task=bullhydro
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent employee reductions have been made as a result of the Gershon review; what (a) cost savings relating to IT projects and (b) total value of efficiency savings (i) were achieved in 200405 and (ii) are expected to be achieved in 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Des Browne: In Budget 2005 the Chancellor reported that Departments have delivered the first 12,500 reduction in civil service posts and achieved £2 billion of efficiency gains in 200405, and Departments will be reporting further progress in their Autumn Performance Reports.
It is expected that by 200708, Departments will be achieving annual efficiency gains of £21 billion, but there is no intermediate target for 200506. The Transactions Workstream of the Efficiency
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Programme, which is improving interactions between citizens and the Government through IT-enabled change programmes, will contribute annual efficiencies of £1 billion by 200708. Many other efficiency gains will also be enabled by IT. Departmental plans to achieve the 2004 Spending Review targets are set out in Efficiency Technical Notes", which are available on departmental and HM Treasury websites.
Mr. Des Browne: Chapter 8 of the annual Treasury publication Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses details expenditure on services in the regions and countries of the United Kingdom. Total identifiable spending in Wales for the years 19992000 to 200405 is contained within table 8.1 of the 2005 edition of PESA.
Currently average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for full time employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for public finances of counting the International Finance Facility as Government borrowing; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Treasury will formally approach the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on the classification in National Accounts of UK contributions to an International Finance Facility (IFF) when its final technical details and governance structure have been agreed.
John Healey: Basic literacy and numeracy are the minimum entry-level requirements for the most junior positions within HM Treasury and no staff have requested basic literacy or numeracy training since 2002. Consequently, only higher level training is provided and it has not been appropriate for us to promote uptake of the national tests in adult literacy and numeracy skills for Treasury employees or to provide in-house training in basic literacy and numeracy.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in his Department were relocated in 200405 as a result of the Lyons review of public sector relocation, broken down by location; to which locations they have been relocated; how many are expected to be relocated in 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
The Office of Government Commerce (an independent office of HM Treasury) relocated two posts from London to Norwich in 200405. So far in 200506 it has relocated four posts to Norwich, with one further move proposed before the end of this year. OGCbuying.solutions (an OGC agency) will also relocate 15 posts from London to Liverpool by April 2006.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding was allocated by his Department to Milton Keynes for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of the last five years. 
John Healey: The Treasury allocates resources to Departments to fund their policy objectives. The location where the funds are spent is a matter for Departments to decide. Chapter 8 of Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis shows the outturn of public expenditure by region.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ministerial cars have been supplied to his Department by the Government Car and Despatch Agency Service in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
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