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Mr. Des Browne:
As announced in the pre-Budget report 2005, based on the definition that unclaimed assets should generally cover accounts where there has
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been no customer activity for a period of 15 years, initial record searches by the industry suggest that several hundred million pounds may currently lie unclaimed.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since May 2005 officials from his Department have consulted their Freedom of Information Officer on answers to parliamentary questions from (a) the hon. Member for Yeovil and (b) all hon. Members. 
John Healey: Officials preparing draft answers to parliamentary questions consult colleagues, including the Freedom of Information Officer, as necessary. Records of such consultations are not maintained.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2005, Official Report, column 1062W, on health expenditure, what percentage of the United Kingdom's gross domestic product he estimates has been spent on health in 200506; what percentage this will be in 200607, broken down by (a) public and (b) private expenditure; and what the most recent estimate is of the (i) EU-15 and (ii) EU-25 average health expenditure as a proportion of gross domestic product. 
Mr. Des Browne: The information about UK health spending is in the following table. According to the latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), average total health expenditure in 2003 was (i) 8.7 per cent. of GDP for the EU-15 and (ii) 8.3 per cent. of GDP for the 19 members of the EU-25 that are also members of the OECD.
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs contact centres were (a) answered on the firstcall, (b) answered on the same day and (c) unanswered or had their calls aborted in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; 
(b) Callers to HMRC contact centres usually get through on the day they try though callers at the busiest times of the day may have to try more than once. HMRC estimate that in November 2005 the number of callers 1 to former Inland Revenue contact centres who spoke to an adviser on the day they called was around 99 per cent.
(c) HMRC estimate that in November 2005 the number of callers 2 to former Inland Revenue contact centres whose calls were unanswered on the day they called was around 1 per cent. HMRC does not generally abort calls from callers other thanexceptionallywhere the caller is abusive.
Dawn Primarolo: Five officers are permanently based at Glasgow Airport dealing with regulatory matters. A pool of 68 Anti Smuggling Officers are based at Falcon House, Paisley which is within one mile of the airport. They undertake operational anti smuggling work at Glasgow Airport according to identified risk. They are supplemented as necessary by anti smuggling staff based in Edinburgh and by officers on flexible anti smuggling strike forces.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about lone parent families and households with either no-one or two people or more in employment, since 1976. (41292, 41294)
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|Workless(5)households||Households with at least two people in employment|
Dawn Primarolo: A range of Government policies help lone parents move into work including active labour market policies, ensuring work pays through the tax credit system and the national minimum wage, and tackling barriers to work such as availability of child care. The Department for Work and Pensions, through Jobcentre Plus, is responsible for delivery of employment programmes and pilots, and funding is provided by the Treasury through the spending review process. The Treasury also funds the tax credit system which is administered by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
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