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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 222W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), on the Valuation Office Agency, whether Tenet software is used for council tax valuation purposes; and if he will list the products purchased from Tenet. 
Products purchased from Tenet IT Mapping Limited are (i) a digital mapping system, available to all Valuation Office Agency staff and (ii) a locality delineation tool, available to a limited number of VGA users.
The digital mapping system supports work on the current (1993) council tax lists as it allows staff to identify the location of individual properties (especially in rural locations).
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Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2006, Official Report, columns 13089W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the purpose is of the electronic image management application; and whether it stores images of domestic properties for council tax valuation purposes. 
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has a digital photography application, which links photographs of properties and land to addresses held in its property database. The photographs are of both domestic and non domestic properties as well as land. They are used to assist the VOA in carrying out its functions, including those for council tax and non domestic rating. Images, including those of domestic properties, are stored in a secure database.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the Valuation Office Agency Programme Board that was preparing for the council tax revaluation in England. 
The minutes of the Valuation Office Agency's Programme Board for the (now postponed) council tax revaluation in England contain commercially sensitive information and information linked to the formulation and development of Government policy.
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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer Question 52727 tabled on 14 February 2006 by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on child maintenance. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the real costs of running the Child Support Agency for each year from 199798 to 200708, using 200405 prices; and if he will make a statement. 
In reply to your Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. As the Chief Executive is unavailable, I am responding on his behalf.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the real costs of ruing the Child Support Agency for each year from 199798 to 200708 using 200405 prices; and if he will make a statement.
A change in accounting policy within DWP means that from 200506 all costs associated with the modernisation programme will be charged to individual Agencies. The numbers in this response are based on a consistent application of this new accounting policy across all years.
The upward movement of costs in the 200607 and 200708 years is representative of a one off investment to clear current backlogs and reduce historic debt (in line with the Agency's Operational Improvement Plan), rather than an increase in recurrent cost.
|(24)Agency spend||(25)(5509120026)Estimated agency spend including operational improvement plan||(27)Modernisation spendCSR||(28)Estimated DWP costs incurred on agencies behalf||(29)Costs and estimated costsin current year prices||(30)Gross domestic productdeflator 200405 = 100||(31)Costs and estimated costs in 200405 prices|
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer the letter of 27 February 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, about Mr. W Beckett. 
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the responsibility allowance allocated to leaders and cabinet members of local councils is treated for benefit purposes. 
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