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Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of households that will be provided with (a) central heating and (b) insulation in each year of his plans as announced in the Pre-Budget Report. 
The Government announced an additional £300 million to provide free central heating installations to pensioner households on pension credit who do not already have such systems. These funds will be delivered through the warm front programme and funding will be available from this current financial
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year. Warm front has assisted over one million homes and already installed over 50,000 central heating systems. This additional funding will help deliver a significant number of more central heating systems to pensioners on pension credit who do not have them.
Insulation for pensioner households on pension credit will be provided by energy suppliers as part of their obligations under the Energy Efficiency Commitment. Under the current structure of EEC, suppliers are required to achieve energy savings targets and for this phase of the EEC (200508) of the EEC 130 TWh of savings have to be achieved. The suppliers have indicated that they will be able to provide insulation to any pensioners on pension credit.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the receipts from (a) vehicle excise duty, (b) air passenger duty, (c) fuel duty and (d) VAT on fuel as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year since 199697; and if he will estimate future receipts consistent with the forecasts in the Pre-Budget Report. 
John Healey: Projected UK gross domestic product, and receipts from vehicle excise, air passenger and fuel duties, were set out in the financial statement and Budget Report and in the Pre-Budget Report, every year since 1997. Copies of these can be found in the Library of the House. The latest estimates were published in the 2005 Pre-Budget Report. These estimates will be up-dated when the 2006 financial statement and Budget Report is published.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the gifts received by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in each of the last two years for which information is available; what the approximate value of each was; and how many were (i)accepted and (ii) returned. 
Guidance for Ministers on the acceptance of gifts is set out in the ministerial code. An annual list of gifts received by Ministers valued at more than £140 is published. The annual list provides details of the gift received, its value, the donor and whether the gift was retained by the department, purchased by the
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Minister or marked for disposal. Information for June 2001-March 2005 is in the Libraries of the House. Information for 200506 will be published as soon as it is available after the end of the financial year.
For officials, the Treasury's gifts' policy states that officials should refuse or return gifts worth more than £25, if such a course of action does not harm good working relations. Gifts valued at over £25 should be handed over to the department for disposal or the recipient can purchase them.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the Government's total grants to local authorities as a percentage of gross domestic product in each financial year since 197879. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question requesting an estimate of the Government's total grants to local authorities as a percentage of gross domestic product in each financial year since 197879. (37054)
I have provided some estimates from the National Accounts for non-financial transfers between central government and local government. The economic sectors of the National Accounts have a broad definition, for example central government is broader than the Government, and local government includes entities such as schools, police authorities etc as well as local councils. The National Accounts are compiled on an accruals basis and include imputed amounts, so should not be confused with cash payments.
These mainly consist of grants paid by central government to local government to finance capital expenditure. They also include payments from development corporations and some one-off payments, such as commutation grants and amounts for repayment of over-hanging debt following Large Scale Voluntary Transfers of housing. As with the current transfers, the National Accounts include some imputed payments
The table below shows the separate current and capital transfer series and the total. It also shows total GDP and the total transfers as a percentage of GDP. All these data are at market prices and are not seasonally adjusted.
|Financial year||Current transfers||Capital transfers||Total||Gross domestic product||Total as a|
percentage of GDP
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