Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what analysis he has undertaken of the factors behind economic growth over the next two years for (a) the Eurozone and (b) the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. 
As the Wanless Review 'Securing Good Health for the Whole Population' discusses, there are difficulties of principle and practice with using tax instruments to promote public health. In particular, unlike with smoking
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where any consumption can have damaging effects, the consumption in moderation of most foodstuffs can be to the benefit rather than the detriment of an individual's health.
Dawn Primarolo: Statistics on income tax liabilities by marginal tax rates are available in Table 2.5 'Income tax liabilities by Income Range' which is available on the HM Revenue & Customs internet website at:
Information on the number of families facing high marginal deduction rates can be found in Table 4.2 The effect of Government's reforms on high marginal deduction rates" on page 89 in the HM Treasury's December 2005 pre-budget report. Copies of the Pre-Budget Report are available in the House of Commons Library or on the HMT website at:
Mr. Malik: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the implementation of the EU Directive on Insurance Mediation on the ability of the freight forwarding sector to provide marine insurance. 
John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the outcome was of the ministerial conference in Paris of 28 February and 1 March 2006 on innovative sources of finance for development aid; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) why the UK is not listed in the communique" summary as one of the countries which has agreed to provide financial support for the International Drug Purchase Facility; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Chancellor of the Exchequer issued a written ministerial statement on Innovative Financing for Development on 2 March 2006, Official Report, column 29WS, following his attendance at the Paris Ministerial Conference.
The UK Government recognises that in order to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, additional resources are urgently needed. The UK is, therefore, committed to developing innovative financing mechanisms, in particular the International Finance Facility (IFF) and the pilot IFF for Immunisation (IFFIm).
In September last year, the IFFIm was launched with contributions from France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and now Norway and Brazil, as well as the UK. By frontloading aid and investing an extra $4 billion in vaccination now, the IFFIm is expected to save a total of 10 million lives, including 5 million children before 2015. France has reiterated its support for this important initiative and will contribute an average of $100 million a year over 20 years. The IFFIm is now so advanced that the first bonds will be issued within a few months, and the IFFIm will begin purchasing vaccines and delivering these to the poorest countries in 2006.
Given the scale of the challenge for reaching the MDGs by 2015, France and the UK have agreed jointly to establish a working group to consider the implementation of an IFF going to health and education, among other sectors, which will be partly funded by an air ticket levy.
The UK has also agreed to support the proposal for an International Drug Purchase Facility, which will provide greater access to those in developing countries to much-needed drugs to tackle HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what multiple of the minimum working balance of the National Insurance Fund he considers necessary to retain in support of state pensions and the national health service. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The National Insurance Fund is used to fund contributory benefit expenditure. I refer the right. hon. Gentlemen to paragraph 20 of the Report of the Government Actuary on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2006 and the Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2006.
Mr. Gummer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of alleviating the financial deficits in primary care trusts from the sums available in the National Insurance Fund above the statutory minimum reserve. 
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many households in (a) Bedfordshire and (b) the parliamentary constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire have received overpayments of (i) working tax credits and (ii) child tax credits in each year since the credits were introduced; and if he will make a statement; 
Estimates for 200405 of the numbers of in-work families with tax credits awards, including information on overpayments and underpayments by constituency, based on final family circumstances and incomes for 200405 are due to be published in May 2006.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) starting rate, (b) basic rate and (c) higher rate taxpayers there were in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK in the most recent year for which figures are available; 
(2) how much revenue was raised in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland from (i) starting rate, (ii) basic rate and (iii) higher rate income tax in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will estimate the revenue that will be raised in each case in (A) 200607, (B) 200708 and (C) 200809. 
|Number of taxpayers (Scotland) (£000)
|Amount of income tax liability (Scotland) (£ million)
|Amount of income tax liability (UK) (£ million)
Information on the number of taxpayers by marginal tax rates for the UK is available in Table 2.1 'Number of individual income taxpayers', which is available on the HM Revenue and Customs internet website:
Projected revenue estimates broken down by Scotland and other UK countries/regions and by tax bands for 200607 will be available in May 2006. Projections of income tax receipts for subsequent years are normally prepared covering the whole of the UK and separate estimates by country and tax band are not available.