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Mr. Laws: To ask the Prime Minister what the cost to public funds would be of providing the full pension package to which they are entitled to (a) him and (b) the Lord Chancellor were they to retire today. 
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will uprate the business mileage allowances payable to (a) people using their own cars for business purposes and (b) company car drivers in line with fuel prices. 
John Healey: The statutory tax free mileage allowance rates for people using their own cars for business purposes are intended to cover all expenses relating to the running costs of a car. They are set at a level to encourage the use of more environmentally friendly cars. The Chancellor keeps these rates under review and considers changes in the context of the Budget and pre-Budget report statements.
Company car drivers are entitled to tax relief for the actual cost of fuel used on business mileage, but to make life easier for all, HMRC sets Advisory Fuel Rates which it will accept as, on average, reflecting fuel costs without giving rise to a tax or NICs liability. The Advisory Fuel Rates were reviewed and uprated in July 2005 to reflect the sustained increase in the price of fuel. HMRC is committed to review the rates when there is a variation by 10 per cent. from the fuel prices used at that time.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of beneficiaries of (a) taper relief and (b) exemption from
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capital gains accrued but unrealised at death in (i) 200405 and (ii) 200506, broken down by income decile; and if he will make a statement. 
|Income decile(1)||Number of individuals benefiting from taper relief|
|No income subject to income tax||11,000|
The second part of the question concerns capital gains accrued but unrealised at death. We have estimated the number of estates passing on death where the inheritance tax payable was less than the total tax (inheritance tax and capital gains tax) that would have been payable if gains on assets had been realised before death. Our estimate is that approximately 30,000 estates a year fell or will fall into this category in 200405 and 200506. A breakdown by income decile is not available.
There are about 20,000 fee-charging cash machines in the UK. They are mostly found in convenience" locations like pubs and shops. Virtually all bank and building society cash machines are free. There are over 33,000 free cash machines in the UK and over 97 per cent. of withdrawals are made at such machines.
The Government believe that cash machine charges are an important area of public policy and is continuing to monitor the situation. The Government would be concerned if those on low incomes were found to be incurring disproportionate costs as a result of cash machine charges. Research into how the financially excluded access cash and transmit money, being undertaken through the Financial Inclusion Task Force, should identify, among other things, whether this is the case.
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|Any other Asian background||364|
|Any other Black background||55|
|Any Chinese background||121|
|Mixed Asian and White||165|
|Mixed Black-African and White||39|
|Mixed Black-Caribbean and White||98|
|Any other mixed ethnic background||217|
|Any other ethnic background||343|
|Any White background||54,503|
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the revenue from North sea oil in financial year 200506; and what estimate of such revenue informed the Budget in March. 
John Healey: Budget 2005 projected North sea revenues at £7.1 billion for 200506. The Government will publish updated forecasts for the UK public finances in the 2005 pre-Budget report as usual, taking into account all relevant factors and developments.
Dawn Primarolo: The Government intends that the same principles that apply to the existing national lottery should apply to any Olympic themed games. We have made it clear that it is not our intention to fund the 2012 games from central Government tax receipts. In its report on London's bid published on 6 June, the IOC recognised that The budgeting process is very detailed and meticulous, and assumptions are well supported and they are achievable".
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