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Jim Fitzpatrick: The Deputy Prime Minister inherited responsibility for the millennium dome in May 2002 when the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created as a Department in its own right. Prior to that responsibility for the dome rested with the former Department for Transport, local government and the regions.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister sponsors English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency, which has owned the dome site since 1997 and was charged with securing a long term use for the millennium dome structure and regeneration of associated land on the Greenwich peninsula.
English Partnerships have entered into legally binding contracts with Meridian Delta Ltd (MDL), a consortium consisting of Lend Lease and Quintain Estates and Development Plc, and Anschutz Entertainment Group (Anschutz), for the redevelopment of the dome and the regeneration of approximately 190 acres of land on the Greenwich peninsula.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister continues to oversee and monitor English Partnerships' role in securing the financial returns from the deal and in working with MDL and Anschutz in the redevelopment of the millennium dome and associated land to ensure successful delivery of the regeneration of the area. English Partnerships also continues to have responsibility for certain aspects of the dome's maintenance, security and insurance until Anschutz completes the construction of the arena and takes on full responsibility for the dome structure and its immediate surroundings.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will put mechanisms in place to ensure that the calculation of the needs-based formulae for supporting people grants will not include a ceiling; and that the implementation of the increase grant will take effect in full from April 2007. 
Through Creating Sustainable Communities: Supporting Independence", the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently consulting on whether, and if so how, to take forward any changes to the basis for allocating supporting people grants to local
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authorities. In parallel, the ODPM is also consulting on a technical model which provides one option for an alternative approach to allocations. Consultation on both runs until 28 February 2006, and decisions will be taken once we have had the opportunity to consider all representations received.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has, however, already announced guaranteed minimum supporting people grant allocations for 200708. These have been set on the basis of each authority receiving at least 95 per cent. of their grant for 200607. The ODPM will determine and confirm how to allocate the remainder of the funding following and in the light of the current consultation. However, the announcement of minimum allocations means that any change to the basis for grant distribution cannot be implemented in full from April 2007.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he made of the method of distributing the sum of money allocated to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to cover the cost of the free bus travel policy announced in the Budget when deciding the total sum of money to be applied to the policy; 
(3) what representations he has received concerning the calculation of the sum of money allocated to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to cover the cost of the free bus travel policy announced in the Budget. 
Mr. Des Browne: The Government are providing an extra £350 million for 200607 through the Formula Grant system which will be sufficient to fund the cost to local authorities, as set out in Budget 2005. Local authorities were fully consulted by The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the distribution by a new formula and received very few representations against. Decisions on the distribution of local government grant for 200607 and 200708 were made as part of the local government finance settlement, approved by this house on 6 February 2006.
The £350 million included reimbursement to operators for lost income, additional costs due to the increase in generated users, the reimbursement of authorities already offering free off-peak local bus travel, and inflation.
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A small number of representations have been received regarding the Budget 2005 announcement of an increase in concessionary fares. However, these have concentrated on the method of distribution as opposed to the calculation of the £350 million allocated.
Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of the written parliamentary questions addressed to him he has answered personally in each year since he took up his post. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Customers can pay direct taxes (including national insurance contributions) at the post office. They can also buy National Savings and Investment products and £5 Royal Mint commemorative coins.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and its predecessors spent on (a) television and (b) radio advertising in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what the advertising campaigns were for in each case. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 24 January 2006]: The following table details media spend figures, by campaign, excluding VAT and all fees, for (a) television and (b) radio advertising from 2000 to 2005.
|HMCE Fuel Fraud 200405||||125,078|
|Tax Credits 200405||2,302,241||930,427|
|Self Assessment 200405||3,138,961||1,025,965|
|Child Trust Fund 200405||1,112,299||334,528|
|Share Fishermen 200405||||40,443|
|Tax Credits 200304||2,739,999||950,958|
|Self Assessment 200304||3,313,116||881,013|
|Share Fisherman 200304||||47,758|
|HM Customs & Excise 200203||||74,454|
|Self Assessment 200203||3,145,572||667,501|
|New Tax Credits 200203||6,705,001||732,960|
|HM Customs & Excise 200102||||184,908|
|HM Customs & Excise 200102 (New Terms)||||8,000|
|Self Assessment 200102||2,263,000||397,836|
|Working Family Tax Credits 200102||||489,934|
|Self Assessment 200102 (New terms)||487,900||199,438|
|PAYE Online 200102 (New Terms)||||324,966|
|Disabled Persons Tax Credit (New Terms)||||559,170|
Dawn Primarolo: Compliance activity for this work area is no longer organised in the teams referred to as (a) Compliance Co-ordination Unit and (b) Field Force. This means that the Department is unable to supply the information requested.
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 13 February 2006]: Estimates for 200304 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, including information on overpayments and underpayments, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 200304 are published in Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards. 200304." This publication and provisional estimates for the number of in-work families with tax credit awards as at selected dates in 200405 are available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Davidson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the stages of the working tax credit system are from application to payment; how many claims have been stopped as fraudulent or possibly fraudulent cases at each stage since the scheme began; and if he will make a statement. 
All claims for tax credits are subjected to risk assessment and key personal details are matched against other HMRC frameworks before any
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payments are made. I refer the hon. Gentlemen to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 10 January 2006, Official Report, column 558W.
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