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The Treasury has taken the following steps to provide support to staff with mental ill-health: advice and practical support from the Department's
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welfare officer providing access, where necessary, to accredited counsellors, psychotherapists and referrals to mental ill health units via the NHS; alternative working patterns as part of the department's work-life balance policy; phased and monitored return to work after sick-absence; and adjustments to workloads and objectives.
All employees benefit from the Department's work-life balance policy and have access to the welfare officer and to the Treasury's Supporters Networka group of staff, independent of management, trained to support and offer advice to colleagues. Additional support is available from the Department's Disability Advisory Group, and other staff representative groups as well as from a confidential helpline administered by an external company.
The Treasury has an effective disability strategy in place to support all employees with disabilities and to provide for reasonable adjustments as required under the Disability Discrimination Act. The next Department-wide disability awareness-raising seminar in January 2006 is on stress awareness and mental health.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) the yield of an extension of the climate change levy to domestic household fuel bills in the 200506 financial year and (b) the average increase in such bills which would result. 
John Healey: Extending climate change levy, at full current rates, to all taxable fuel use by the domestic sector in 200506 would have yielded approximately £1 billion. The average increase in fuel bills would have been around £40 per household.
Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken in the last 12 months in conjunction with the US Administration to advance electronic government. 
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC is a member of the OECD(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and an active participant in the Forum on Tax Administration's Taxpayer Services group. Through this forum, we share information and best practice with other fiscal authorities including the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
During the course of the review, Lord Carter and his team met a wide range of customers and agents, and spoke to those overseas tax authorities where there are high levels of online filing and some interesting and innovative approaches. This included discussions with the US Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of employment was in Forest of Dean constituency in each of the last five years; and how many people in the constituency were not in education, employment or training in each year. 
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of employment from the Labour Force Survey following International Labour Organisation definitions. Table 1 shows the estimated number of people aged 16 and over in employment resident in the Forest of Dean constituency.
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Mr. Holloway: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the parliamentary ombudsman on the time scale for the completion of his investigation into the prudential regulation of Equitable Life. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The parliamentary ombudsman's investigation into the prudential regulation of Equitable Life is, like all such investigations, being conducted in private. The Treasury is co-operating fully with the investigation.
Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 292W to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South, (Mr. Hancock) on game rearing farms, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue which has been lost due to game farms in Scotland not being accurately registered for non-domestic rates. 
Mr. Des Browne: The PBR 2005 announced that over 5,700 reallocations to the frontline had been made by the end of September 2005. The Department for Work and Pensions made 4,211 reallocations and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs made 1,560 reallocations.
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