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Child Trust Funds

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate his Department has made of the cost of the Child Trust Fund scheme in the next five years, including administration costs; [45449]

(2) what the cost of the Child Trust Fund scheme has been, including administration costs, in each year since the scheme was introduced. [45451]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Gentlemen to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr. Byrne) on 22 March 2005, Official Report, column 701W.

Other Child Trust Fund costs including administration are set out in the table.
£ million

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of additional payments made into child trust funds in 2004–05. [45178]

John Healey: No additional payments were made into child trust fund accounts in the financial year 2004–05. The child trust fund became fully operational on 6 April 2005.

Conference Attendance (Costs)

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff (a) from the Valuation Office Agency, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and (c) his Department attended (i) the International Property Tax Institute International Conference in Prague in August 2005, (ii) the Southern African Tax Institute Workshop on the Valuation and Rating of Public Service Infrastructure in June 2005 in Pretoria, South Africa and (iii) the Eighth International Conference of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation in Alicante, Spain in February 2005; and
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what the total estimated cost to the public purse was of attendance at each of the events. [42840]

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Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is as follows:
Number of staff attending
IPTI Conference Prague August 2005100600
SATI Conference Pretoria June 2005100Nil
IRRV Conference Alicante February 2005300950


John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the correspondence dated 29 November 2005 about Mrs Pauline Duff, a constituent of the hon. Member for Edinburgh West. [44697]

Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs have replied to the hon. Member.

Council Tax (Castle Point)

Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Castle Point residents received council tax benefit in each of the last five years. [42831]

Mr. Plaskitt: I have been asked to reply.

The information is in the table.
Council tax benefit recipients in Castle Point boroughcouncil area.

May 20015,100
May 20025,100
May 20035,200
May 20045,400
May 20055,900

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.
2. The data refer to benefit units, which may be a single person or a couple.
3. Council tax benefit totals exclude any second adult rebate cases.
Housing benefit and council tax benefit management information system quarterly 100 percent. caseload stock-counts taken between May 2001 and May 2005.

Death Statistics

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average death rates were, allowing for age and sex standardisation, from (a) all causes, (b) coronary heart disease, (c) stroke and (d) cancer in each ward in (i) Crosby constituency and (ii) the city of Liverpool in the last year for which figures are available. [45200]

John Healey: The information requested falls within the reasonability of the national statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2006:

EU Budget (UK Contributions)

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology was used to calculate the (a) Treasury estimate of the UK net contribution to the EU budget and (b) the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates of the net contribution to EU institutions; what items are included in each; and if he will recalculate the UK net contributions for each year from 2006–07 to 2012–13 using the ONS methodology and taking account of the recent budget changes. [45339]

John Healey: Figures published by the Treasury for the United Kingdom's net contribution to the EC Budget consist of the United Kingdom's gross contribution less the UK abatement and less public sector receipts. An explanation of the reasons for any differences between this and the Office for National Statistics' presentation of UK official transactions with Institutions of the EU" (Table 9.9 (page 151) of the 2005 Pink Book is given on page 183 of the Pink Book. The Office for National Statistics figures are published on a calendar year basis and are historic. Financial year forecasts are not produced on the basis of the Office for National Statistics presentation. Revised forecasts of UK net contributions to the EC Budget, on the usual HM Treasury method, will be included in the Financial Statement and Budget Report.

External Consultants

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) nature and (b) value was of all contracts, consultancies and other services placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (v) all other consultants in 2004–05 by his Department and its agencies. [42069]

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John Healey: The information in respect of contracts placed with the four named accountancy firms in 2004–05 is set out in the following table Equivalent information in relation to all other consultants could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Core Treasury
Deloitte and Touche
Various secondments220
Ernst & Young
Consultancy on business continuity management planning14
Consultancy on government banking arrangements12
Internal audit services(26)70
Subtotal Ernst & Young96
Services as joint receivers and liquidators of Barlow Clowes46
Various secondments253
Subtotal PricewaterhouseCoopers299
Consultancy on risk management(27)78
Consulting on government banking arrangements68
Various secondments98
Subtotal KPMG244
Debt Management Office
Deloitte and Touche
Consultancy on the Debt Management Account annual report and accounts4
Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers0
Office of Government Commerce
Deloitte and Touche
Financial advice on key suppliers95
Consultancy on e-commerce22
Subtotal Deloitte and Touche117
Consultancy on Human Resource issues48
Consultancy on model charging mechanisms33
Consultancy on productive time workstream284
Various secondments10
Subtotal KPMG375
Consultancy support to Kelly Programme57
Various secondments150
Subtotal PricewaterhouseCoopers207
Ernst & Young0
Deloitte and Touche
Cash flow consultancy36
Due diligence consultancy12
Subtotal Deloitte and Touche48
Internal audit63
Supplier audit14
Subtotal KPMG77
Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers0

(26) The contract with Ernst & Young for support to the in house internal audit team does not specify a total value, which will depend on the nature of the assignments, to be agreed by the Audit Committee each year, and the extent of the extra resources needed by the in house team. The value given is the total cost of Ernst & Young's internal audit services in 2004–05.
(27) This contract was entered jointly with the DTI Shareholder Executive and ECGD. HM Treasury's share is £26,000.

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