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Cash Machines (Northern Ireland)

David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 1376W, on cash machines, how many cash machines in Northern Ireland charged customers to withdraw money in each of the last 10 years. [38602]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Unfortunately LINK's historical data on ATMs are not broken down by location.
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Electoral Register

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of households in each (a) London borough and (b) constituency were on the electoral register on 1 January; and if he will make a statement. [36462]

Ms Harman: I have been asked to reply.

Treasury has transferred this question to my Department as we deal with Electoral Policy.

The most recent published statistics on electoral registration are for 1 December 2004. Following, there are two tables showing:

Please note that these statistics relate to individual electors rather than to households. Estimates on the percentage of individuals and households registered are not available at constituency or borough level.
Table 1: Number of registered local government electors at 1 December 2004, by London borough

BoroughNumber of local government electors
Barking and Dagenham119,372
City of London6,018
Hammersmith and Fulham116,144
Kensington and Chelsea98,629
Kingston upon Thames99,014
Richmond upon Thames120,146
Tower Hamlets145,444
Waltham Forest159,399

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

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Table 2: Number of registered parliamentary electors at 1 December 2004, by constituency in London

ConstituencyNumber of parliamentary electors
Bethnal Green and Bow82,157
Bexleyheath and Crayford64,840
Brent East55,115
Brent North59,629
Brent South55,722
Brentford and Isleworth79,433
Bromley and Chislehurst71,532
Camberwell and Peckham55,755
Carshalton and Wallington66,949
Chingford and Woodford Green61,585
Chipping Barnet66,260
Cities of London and Westminster71,321
Croydon Central81,038
Croydon North83,826
Croydon South77,071
Dulwich and West Norwood72,148
Ealing North78,180
Baling, Acton and Shepherd's Bush70,094
Ealing, Southall83,471
East Ham77,547
Enfield North66,378
Enfield, Southgate63,539
Erith and Thamesmead71,774
Feltham and Heston80,476
Finchley and Golders Green69,252
Greenwich and Woolwich63,764
Hackney North and Stoke Newington58,635
Hackney South and Shoreditch63,776
Hammersmith and Fulham78,295
Hampstead and Highgate66,725
Harrow East84,044
Harrow West74,286
Hayes and Harlington57,810
Holborn and St. Pancras66,301
Hornsey and Wood Green76,646
Ilford North69,972
Ilford South78,296
Islington North56,975
Islington South and Finsbury56,457
Kensington and Chelsea61,426
Kingston and Surbiton71,231
Lewisham East57,616
Lewisham West57,998
Lewisham, Deptford56,519
Leyton and Wanstead60,089
Mitcham and Morden65,608
North Southwark and Bermondsey77,088
Old Bexley and Sidcup68,072
Poplar and Canning Town83,129
Regent's Park and Kensington North77,350
Richmond Park69,025
Sutton and Cheam62,321
West Ham61,634

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

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Equitable Life

Sir John Butterfill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with theParliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman on the report of her investigation into the prudential regulation of Equitable Life. [37287]

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.

Sir John Butterfill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received information from the Parliamentary Ombudsman on a publication date for her report on the prudential regulation of Equitable Life; whether he has made representations to the Parliamentary Ombudsman on this subject; and if he will make a statement. [38761]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The timetable for the completion of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's investigation into the prudential regulation of Equitable Life is a matter for her.

The Treasury is co-operating fully with the Ombudsman's investigation which, like all such investigations, is being conducted in private.

Gift Aid

Greg Clark: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost is to the Government of administering the gift aid scheme per pound of tax relief received by charities. [38574]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: HM Revenue and Customs does not distinguish the costs of administering gift aid from other activities in relation to charities and charitable giving.

National Insurance (Musicians)

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact assessment was conducted in relation to the requirement on music sector companies to pay class 1 national insurance contributions if they employ freelance musicians; and if he will make a statement. [38031]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department of Social Security was responsible for the policy on national insurance contributions and changes to legislation covering actors and musicians that were introduced on 17 July 1998.
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The changes were made following prior consultation with Equity and the Musicians Union and other organisations.


Paul Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequerwhat estimate he has made of the amounts payable in the basic pensions in the year 2006–07 for (a) individuals and (b) couples if pensions had been increased by the levels of earnings inflation since 1997. [36411]

Mr. Timms: I have been asked to reply.

The information is in the table.
State Pension (singles per week)90.90
State Pension (couples per week)145.25

1.Figures are based on the April 1997 rate of State Pension uprated in line with the non-seasonally adjusted September Average Earnings Index including bonuses for 1997, and subsequent years, and take account of the convention that rates of State Pension are rounded to the nearest 5 pence.
2.The couples rate is taken to be the value of a full Category A Pension combined with the value of a full Category B Pension.

Red Diesel

Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what derogation there is within the EU for the use of red diesel by pleasure craft; and if he will seek to extend the derogation. [37895]

John Healey: The Energy Products Directive (EPD) prohibits the use of rebated gas oil in leisure boats for private use, but the UK enjoys a derogation from this provision. This derogation expires at 31 December 2006 and can be renewed only with the unanimous agreement of the council.

We confirmed in the pre-Budget report that we are minded to apply for an extension of this derogation. We will issue an initial regulatory impact assessment on the effects of ending the derogation early next year and this document will be used as the basis for further information gathering and discussions.

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