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Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the effect of an increase in the price of (i) petrol and (ii) diesel on the UK economy; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what assessment he (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the long-term consequences for (i) employment and (ii) the British economy of (A) continued increases in the price of petroleum and (B) a decrease in the output of oil; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK economy if the price of (a) petrol and (b) diesel were to be reduced by (i) five pence and (ii) 10 pence per litre; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Government continually monitor developments in petroleum markets. The effects of higher oil and fuel prices on the UK economy were discussed on Box 2.5, p.26 of pre-Budget report 2005 (Cm 6701) and in Chapter B of Budget 2006 (HC 968).
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has made to Arab States about (a) an increase in the price of petroleum and (b) a decrease in the output of oil; what response he has received; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Chancellor engages in dialogue with the representatives of Arab Statesand other oil producerson a regular basis, both bilaterally and through multilateral fora. These conversations cover a range of issues of common interest and therefore include oil market developments. The Chancellor has repeatedly encouraged major oil producers to increase their investment throughout the oil supply chain in order to ensure that supply growth keeps pace with the growth in demand.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what criteria are applied to requests from (a) the Scottish Executive to draw down money from the account held by the Treasury on its behalf and (b) Government Departments to draw down underspends; 
Mr. Des Browne: Details of the end-year flexibility scheme are set out in the Public Expenditure Out-turn White Paper 200506 (Cm 6639). Table 6 of that publication details the end-year flexibility entitlements for all Departments.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds were (a) requested to be drawn down and (b) drawn down from the savings account held by his Department on behalf of the Scottish Executive in each year from 200001 to 200506. 
Mr. Des Browne: It is common for trustees to administer personal pension schemes. Under current legislation trustees are often exempt from requiring FSA authorisation. Many self-invested personal pensions (SIPP) providers use this route for exemption.
Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPP) operators will, from April 2007, need to be authorised by the FSA with all the protection for consumers that this entails. That includes any trustees who are operating the scheme unless they are not doing so by way of business or are
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just 'bare trustees'. The FSA is currently consulting industry on the detailed implementation of how this relates to trustees.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs and Excise officers were assigned to tackling smuggling activities in Northern Ireland in the 200506 financial year; and how many man hours this represents. 
John Healey: The staff employed by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland who contribute to anti-smuggling activities was 159 in 200405. They are deployed across a range of activities that contribute to, but are not solely allocated to, our anti-smuggling efforts; including investigation, detection and intelligence. As a consequence we are unable to attribute a single staffing figure to anti-smuggling work.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what percentage of detections of smuggling in Northern Ireland were made by HM Revenue and Customs in the last period for which figures are available; 
The number of detections of smuggled goods in the financial year 200405 in Northern Ireland was 1,939 but it is not possible to distinguish what number, if any, were the result of working with any other agency, or referred to HMRC by that agency.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies have been stillborn in each of the regions of the UK in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total number of births this represented in each case. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many babies have been stillborn in each of the regions of the UK in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total number of births this represented in each case. I am replying in her absence. (65413)
|Number of stillbirths||Stillbirths as percentage of total births(19)||Number of stillbirths||Stillbirths as percentage of total births(19)||Number of stillbirths||Stillbirths as percentage of total births(19)|
|England and Wales(20)||3,203||0.53||3,159||0.53||3,372||0.56|
|Government Office Regions of England(20)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||338||0.60||287||0.51||334||0.60|
|Number of stillbirths||Stillbirths as percentage of total births(19)||Number of stillbirths||Stillbirths as percentage of total births(19)|
|England and Wales(20)||3,585||0.57||3,532||0.55|
|Government Office Regions of England(20)|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||347||0.60||347||0.57|
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