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Keith Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the impact on gross domestic product of changes to the (a) manufacturing, (b) science and (c) engineering sectors of the domestic economy over the next 10 years. 
The Government do not produce 10-year forecasts for sectors of the economy, but the Government do have a number of policies to assist the manufacturing, science and engineering sectors. These include the Government manufacturing strategy, which is based on applying science and innovation, world-class practice, raising investment, and a high level of skills to create high-value manufacturing and engineering sectors and drive up productivity. By 200708 we will have doubled the science budget, from £1.3 billion in 199798 to £3.3 billion, with the long-term objective of increasing overall R&D spend to 2.5 per cent. of GDP by 2014 from its current level of around 1.9 per cent.
John Healey: All taxes are kept under review as part of the Budget cycle. The Government are committed to delivering a tax regime for the North sea which promotes investment and take a fair share of revenue derived from a national resource.
As the Chancellor said in his statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee on 24 September, compared to the Budget forecast the increases in oil prices over the last few months are likely to have dampened activity in the UK economy to some extent.
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But the UK's macroeconomic framework today is founded on stabilitywith inflation expectations well anchoredin contrast to the volatility and high inflation that has dogged the UK economy in the past. The UK is therefore better placed than before to deal with the challenges of the global economy, including those posed by higher oil prices.
The Government will publish an update of the effect of oil prices on the UK's public finances and updated forecasts for the UK and world economies in the 2005 pre-Budget report as usual, taking into account all relevant factors and developments.
John Healey: A three year settlement from 200506 to 200708 was recently agreed for the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. This settlement funds the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's three year strategic plan and provides for increased resources. The precise application of those resources is a matter for the Ombudsman. The budget for 200506 will be included in the Winter Supplementary Estimate which will be laid before Parliament later this month.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 21 October 2005, Official Report, column 1315W, on planning gain supplement, whether Kate Barker's recommendations to his Department stated whether the planning gain supplement should be (a) revenue-neutral, (b) revenue-raising, (c) kept in full by local councils and (d) transferred in whole or part to central Government. 
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual change in gross domestic product per hour worked was in each year since 1975; and what assessment he has made of whether productivity trends are improving. 
The pre-Budget report 2005 will include an updated assessment on productivity performance in the UK. As reported in the HM Treasury Departmental Report 2005, the UK is making progress in boosting its productivity performance: between 1997 and 2001Q3, the UK trend rate of actual productivity growth on an output per worker basis (figures not adjusted for employment growth) is estimated to have grown by 2.5 per cent. a year compared with a growth rate of 2 per cent. a year in the previous economic cycle (1986Q21997H1). Adjusting for the effect of employment growth, it is estimated that the underlying trend rate of productivity growth was 2.7 per cent. between 1997H12001Q3 compared to 2.2 per cent. over the previous economic cycle (1986Q21997H1).
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to encourage people to live more sustainable lifestyles within the framework of the Government's sustainable development strategy. 
John Healey: Sustainable development must be a thread that runs through all of the Government's policy making. In including sustainable development as a cross cutting theme in the 2004 Spending Review the Treasury has demonstrated how this can be done.
Within the context of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy each Department agreed to a number of high-level contributions to deliver the strategy. It is within these agreed contributions that HM Treasury seeks to set signals that encourage individuals to live more sustainable lifestyles. HM Treasury's five key contributions to delivering the Sustainable Development Strategy are:
A transparent public expenditure delivery framework, based on public service agreements, that focus on delivering public services in areas integral to achieving Sustainable Development in the UK, such as reducing child poverty and reducing unemployment;
A commitment to strong local government, supporting local authorities in their delivery of key public services to all communities, for example through the introduction of the three-year revenue and capital settlements, which will improve local authorities' ability to make sustainable long-term plans; and
Continuing to meet the relevant sustainable development objectives in public procurement by having a consistent approach to value for money and whole life costs of goods and services procured, and by building relevant sustainability issues into the procurement process as early as possible.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to implement the guidelines on (a) water usage, (b) travel arrangements and (c) procurement in the Sustainable Development Report and Action Plan 2005. 
John Healey: A delivery action plan related to our most significant impacts is summarised in section 1.6 of the Report and Action Plan http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/F2D/19/sustainabledev.pdf. In line with that action plan, our PFI partner, Exchequer Partnership, is working with ADSM in an effort to identify measures for further reducing our water usage; we continue to encourage staff to use telephone and video conferencing as a means of reducing business mileage; and we are working with our procurement service provider, HMRC, to develop a sustainable procurement strategy which will form part of our new Sustainable Development Action Plan.
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