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Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many car owners paid (a) the full rate of vehicle excise duty and (b) the reduced rate for low carbon emission vehicles in each of the last 10 years. 
John Healey: Before 1999 all cars paid a single flat rate of Vehicle Excise Duty. In 1999, the Government introduced a new VED scheme based on two classes of engine capacity. In 2001, the Government introduced a graduated carbon emission based VED schemeapplicable only to cars registered after that dateto reflect environmental impacts.
|Number of vehicles paying the|
|Number of vehicles paying a|
|Graduated VED CO2 based band|
|Band A(10)||Band B(11)||Band C(12)||Band D(13)||Band E(14)||Band F(15)|
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the pattern of purchasing of new motor cars of the introduction of graduated vehicle excise duty in 2001; and whether a higher proportion of low emission cars has been sold. 
John Healey: Since the introduction of the reformed VED system, graduated according to CO 2 emissions, the percentage of new cars sold in VED band B has risen from 0.1 per cent. in 2000 to 3.2 per cent. in 2004. The percentage of cars in new car sales in VED band C has increased from just under 20 per cent. to just over 30 per cent. during the same period.
Alongside the EU-wide voluntary agreements on average new car fuel efficiency, and the new CO 2 -based company car tax regime introduced in 2002, the introduction in 2001 of the graduated Vehicle Excise Duty scheme has had a part to play in the average fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the UK improving by some 10 per cent. since 1995.
Table 1, attached, shows the total numbers of unemployed young people aged 16 to 24 who were resident in the Coventry, South parliamentary constituency. The table covers the 12 month periods ending in February each year from 1997 to 2004 and the 12 month period ending in March 2005. These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to sampling variability.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). Table 2, attached, shows the annual average number of JSA claimants, aged 18 to 24, resident in the Coventry, South constituency for 1997 to 2004.
|12 months ending||Coventry, South|
|Annual averages||Coventry, South|
Peter Law: To ask the Prime Minister what proposals he put to the informal EU Leadership Summit in Hampton Court on (a) securing European energy security, (b) enhancing innovation in science and technology in the European Union and (c) mitigation of climate change impacts. 
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Prime Minister if he will use the forthcoming State Visit of China's President (a) to encourage the President to meet the Dalai Lama and (b) to express the UK's concern over the Chinese occupation of Tibet. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the Parliamentary Estate will sign up to the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme. 
Nick Harvey: The Parliamentary Estate has been participating in the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Energy Efficiency programme since 2004. The Parliamentary Estate have considered participating in the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management five-step process and intends to sign up to it in 2006.
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