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Mr. Des Browne: The Budget 2006 reported provisional annual efficiency gains totalling £6.4 billion by the end of December 2005 and 40,400 gross workforce reductions, including 7,150 reallocations to frontline services. Departments will report on further progress in their forthcoming departmental reports.
John Healey: All importers, or agents acting on their behalf, are legally obliged to lodge customs declarations when bringing goods into the UK from non-member states of the European Community. The overwhelming majority of import declarations are made by electronic means and HM Revenue and Customs computer system (CHIEF) calculates the amount of duties due. To ensure that the right amount of duties is paid import declarations may be checked at either pre or post-clearance to confirm their accuracy.
Andrew George: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 April 2006, Official Report, column 692W, on income tax, what further estimates he has made of income to the Inland Revenue if the same incomes in the upper rate of income tax has only applied to those earning over £100,000. 
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use he expects to be made of the international finance facility to make progress with the research, development and delivery of new vaccines and new diagnostic methods to fight malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases in the developing world. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The international finance facility for immunisation (IFFIm) will provide $4 billion over the next 10 years to support efforts of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance) to tackle preventable diseases in the 72 poorest countries in the world. France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Brazil and the UK have already announced that they will make contributions to the IFFIm, and on 25 April, South Africa announced that they would also contribute to the IFFIm. It is expected that the IFFIm will save a total of 10 million lives from preventable diseases, including five million children before 2015.
Alongside the IFFIm, the UK and G8 partners are currently working on the proposal for advanced market commitments (AMCs). AMCs are a potentially powerful and cost-effective market-based mechanism to accelerate and stimulate the development and availability of priority new vaccines against diseases like pneumococcus, malaria and TB which kill millions in each year in developing countries.
For part (b) , estimates of the number of families, broken down by income used to calculate entitlement, who are entitled to, but not claiming tax credits are given in tables 4 and 11 of the publication Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit Take-up Rates 200304" available on the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/personal-tax-credits/takeup_rates_200304mar06.pdf. Estimates for those earning below the exact income level specified (£425 per week) would be available only at disproportionate cost.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the funding to develop microgeneration technologies announced in the Budget has been allocated for each financial year; and how much of the funding in each financial year is additional funding to that previously allocated. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed at the United Nations Millennium summit in September 2000. The goals range from halving global income poverty and protecting the environment, to human development objectives like improving health and sanitation, achieving universal primary education and tackling discrimination against women. Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been placed at the centre of Britain's international development effort. DFID's key aims and objectives, as set out in its public service agreement, are the attainment of the MDGs by 2015.
The MDGs and global poverty were at the heart of the UK presidencies of the EU and the G7/8 in 2005. The international community committed to raise an additional $50 billion of aid by 2010, to cancel 100 per cent. of the multilateral debts of the world's poorest countries, and to launch the international finance facility for immunisation. G8 leaders also agreed to achieve universal access to AIDS treatment for all those who need it by 2010, and work on advance market commitments for vaccines against malaria, HIV/AIDS and other priority diseases.
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These are the sorts of measures needed to get progress towards the MDGs back on track. The key challenge now is for donors to fully implement their commitments and for developing countries to develop 10-year plans to meet the MDGs.
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