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Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's approach to equity release, with particular reference to maintaining older people in their homes. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Property is the most important and sometimes only significant asset of elderly people. The Government's approach to equity release schemes is to ensure that all homeowners, including older people, are able to make informed choices when purchasing these products, to offer suitable consumer protection, and to ensure that there is a level regulatory playing field in the equity release market.
There are two main types of equity release schemes: lifetime mortgages and home reversion plans. The Financial Services Authority regulates the sale and administration of first charge mortgages on primary
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residences, including lifetime mortgages. Following extensive consultation, the Regulation of Financial Services (Land Transactions) Act gained Royal Assent on 19 December 2005, bringing home reversion plans into regulation. The Government will consult further on the detail of the changes in due course.
Michael Gove: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the EU's agriculture budget was spent on (a) direct payments, (b) market price support, (c) input subsidies and (d) export subsidies in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: In 2004, the EU spent a total of €43.7 billion under the Agriculture" heading of the Financial Perspective. €29.9 billion (68 per cent.) was spent on direct payments and €8.5 billion (19 per cent.) on interventions in agricultural markets", which broadly corresponds to market price support, of which €3.3 billion (8 per cent.) was for export subsidies (export subsidies are one of the tools used to support market prices). Input subsidies are not separately identified in the budget, but the OECD estimates that €14 billion was spent in the EU in 2004 on payments based on input use and input constraints in 2004, some of which was nationally funded, out of a total of €108 billion support provided to EU farmers by EU taxpayers and consumers.
The EU's agriculture budget accounts for only part ofEL market price support, the bulk of which is paid for by consumers. Fuller analysis can be found in DEFRA and HM Treasury's recent paper, A Vision for the Common Agricultural Policy", in particular in Chapter 2.
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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made by his Department of the total cost to the Exchequer of introducing a national
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identity card scheme; what approval for such expenditure has been given by his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
However, as with other policy formulation, the Treasury contributed to the cross-government estimates of the costs and benefits of ID card scheme led by the department leading the policy area, in this case the Home Office. The estimates for the global costs for the scheme were set out in the Regulatory Impact Assessment. This can be found at: http://www.identitycards.aov.uk/library/Identity_cards_bill_regulatory_ impact.pdf
The Government announced it would proceed with the ID cards scheme in November 2003. At the time it was agreed that all costs will be met from existing departmental budgets and charging. This remains the case, as the Home Secretary reiterated to the House on 13 October 2005.
Dawn Primarolo: The criteria used to determine which taxpayers are required to make self assessment returns are published on the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa/guidelines.htm and in other HMRC guidance.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer questions 19721, 19172, 19285, 19180, 19290, 18639, 19720, 19719, 20015, 20442, 20441, 20440, 20692, 23571, 23294, 23573, 24587, 24586, 24547, 24542, 24506, 25243, 25250, 25253, 25249, 25248, 25242, 25252, 29703, 29704, 29706, 29984, 30662, 30008, 30661, 30567 and 33747, tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil. 
Treasury Ministers attach importance to answering Parliamentary questions promptly. Responding to questions which are tabled in very large numbers (the Treasury has received 373 written questions from the hon. Gentleman since the May 2005 General Election) seeking information on issues where extensive documentation has already been provided to Parliament, or where it cannot easily be established whether the information is actually available and capable of being assembled reasonably quickly without incurring disproportionate cost, can, however, be a time-consuming business and delays are almost inevitable.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the current population of each London borough based on (a) the 2001 census, (b) electoral rolls and (c) health service users; and what projections he has made for the next five years. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question regarding estimates of the current population of each London borough on (a) 2001 Census, (b) electoral rolls and (c)health service users; and projections for the next five years. (39923)
The Office for National Statistics publishes annual mid-year population estimates. The latest estimates are for mid-2004 and are given in Table 1. These mid-year population estimates are calculated using a robust methodology and are the best estimates of the resident population in an area. They are based on aged-on 2001 Census data adjusted for births, deaths and net migration. Further information on the methodology can be found at: www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=575.
Population projections for each London borough (and the City of London) for mid-2005 to mid-2010, are also given in Table 1. These projections are based on the mid-2003 population estimates and are the latest population projections available. They assume that trends in fertility, mortality and migration at the time of the mid-2003 population estimate will continue into the future.
The 2001 Census provided estimates the number of people usually resident in an area on Census day, 29 April 2001. These figures can be obtained from the published 2001 Census table KS01 a copy of which is held in the House of Commons Library in the published volume Census 2001, Key Statistics for local authorities in England and Wales.
Electoral rolls provide counts of the number of people registered to vote. The latest available data on the local/European electorate for 1 December 2004 can be found in the Table 2. It should be noted that the number of people eligible to vote is not the same as the resident population aged 18 and over. There are numerous reasons for this. For example not everyone who is usually resident is entitled to vote (foreign citizens from outside of the EU and Commonwealth, prisoners, etc. are not eligible), some people do not register to vote and people who have more than one address may register in more than one place. Further there is inevitably some double counting of the registered electorate as electoral registration officers vary in how quickly they remove people from the registers after they have moved away from an area or after they have died. These factors may have a different impact from place to place.
The number of people registered with a GP. living in each London borough (and the City of London), in July 2004. can also be found in the Table 2. It should also be noted that patient register counts differ from estimates of the usually resident population for a number of reasons.
Some patients may have more than one NHS number and be double counted and people may be on a patient register after having left the country. Patient registers for local areas may be inflated, for example, student areas, due to students who do not quickly re-register after finishing their course of study and moving away from an area. The patient registers also exclude individuals who are ineligible to be registered with a GP, such as persons employed in the armed forces, prisoners that are sentenced for a term of two years or more and certain patients in long stay medical hospitals. Again this has differential impact from area to area.
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