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At present, 13 further education colleges are providing the NVQ level training that forms a central element of the RDI scheme. We expect the number of RDIs to increase significantly over the coming months as more colleges begin to provide training.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of the latest round of Doha trade talks on (a) freeing up trade, (b) improving market access for developing countries, (c) sustainable development and (d) poverty reduction. 
Mr. McCartney: A successful Doha round could deliver real benefits to developed and developing nations through increasing trade, stimulating economic growth and helping to alleviate poverty. The exact gains that developed and developing nations could derive from the Doha round are difficult to calculate, because they depend on a large number of variables. Although the UK has not conducted an independent assessment of the impact of the Doha development agenda, the European Commission has undertaken a full Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) of the possible economic, development, environmental and social impacts of a DDA agreement. This assessment is available on the internet at http://www.sia-trade.org/FinalPhase FinalReports.shtml.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, column 2332W, on arms export controls, what the numerical threshold is for widespread abuse used in HM Revenue and Customs assessment of the level of abuse of export controls; how many staff are allocated to the conduct of risk-testing exercises of arms export control; how much was spent on such risk-testing exercises in each of the last five years; and how many such exercises have been carried out since 2000. 
Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs judgment that there is not widespread abuse of export controls is based on their assessment of the export control breaches either detected at the frontier or referred or disclosed to them and their evaluation of the intelligence and other information available to them. HMRC does not have a precisely defined numerical threshold for widespread abuse. They regard as abuse those cases where there is evidence of a deliberate breach involving destinations of concern or particularly sensitive goods.
HMRCs centrally driven risk testing exercises involve HMRC staff as well as experts from other Departments and the intelligence agencies. There have been 11 such exercises since the first took place in July 2004 although customs managers in ports and airports also carry out their own local exercises that will include elements of risk testing.
John Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the recipient is of the planned loans to Burma from the European Investment Bank; what the loans are for; and whether the UK Government are able to block such loans being made. 
The ECOFIN Council is currently discussing the framework for lending by the EIB outside of the European Community (EC) guaranteed by the EC, covering the period 2007-13the so-called external lending mandate. No decision has yet been taken on the mandate, including on the procedures for agreeing eligibility of loan recipients in specific countries.
Dawn Primarolo: This information is not available. However, the number of families in each local authority in England and Wales receiving child benefit from August 2001 to August 2005 are available on the Neighbourhood Statistics section of the National Statistics website.
Dawn Primarolo: Employers and employees are not required to report the value of tax-free employer supported child care provided to employees since the tax and national insurance contributions exemptions were introduced in April 2005. HMRC has commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), an independent social research organisation, to conduct a survey of employers with a view to providing estimates of take-up among employers and their employees.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Inland Revenue contacted self-assessment claimants of the children's tax credit to inform them of (a) the switch to child tax credit in 2003 and (b) how to apply for it. 
Dawn Primarolo: The former Inland Revenue (IR) ran an extensive advertising campaign in the national press, on the radio and online, in addition to a television campaign that ran for three weeks in September 2002. The deadline for submitting a claim to ensure a claimant received a full year's award for 2003-04 was 7 July 2003. This too was publicised widely in advertisements appearing in national and regional newspapers, on television and radio and online throughout June 2003.
Self-assessment (SA) taxpayers who had the former children's tax credit included in their 2002-03 pay as you earn (PAYE) coding were automatically sent a tax credits claim pack to enable them to claim the new tax credits (NTC), in good time, prior to April 2003. All notices of coding, issued ahead of the new income tax year 2003-04, carried a message and enclosed a letter that explained how IR was changing the way they paid support for children.
The IR identified potential NIC claimants who did not have employed earnings or did not have children's tax credit in their PAYE coding in 2002-03, but claimed children's tax credit on their 2001-02 SA return by 31 January 2003, by comparing data held on their SA and NTC records. That exercise enabled IR to identify and send claim packs to around 675,000 SA customers, who had not already submitted a claim for NTC to enable them to claim tax credits.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT revenue has been collected on projects funded by the Governments Community Club Development Programme in each of the last three years. 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter to the Paymaster General of 18 August 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. and Mrs. Reid. 
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much cultural organisations have received from the cultural purposes exemption on VAT in each year since 1997, broken down by (a)
museums, (b) galleries, (c) art exhibitions, (d) zoos, (e) theatrical performances, (f) musical performances, (g) choreographic performances and (h) other recipients; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey [holding answers 9 and 12 October 2006]: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with and receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings and representations.
In 2004, the UK agreed to make a voluntary contribution of €2 million to the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment Partnership (FEMIP) Trust Fund. The first instalment of €1 million was paid in January 2005 and a second instalment of €1 million was made in March 2006.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net income of a single earner family on half average earnings with two young children was in real terms in each of the last 10 years. 
Dawn Primarolo: The table provides the information requested. Estimates of average earnings for each financial year are based on figures from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings and HMT assumptions about in-year earnings growth. Net income is defined as earnings, less income tax and national insurance contributions, plus child benefit, family credit or tax credits.
|Net income of a single-earner family with two children aged 5-10 on half male mean earnings (2006-07 prices)|
|Half male mean earnings||Half male median earnings|
|(1 )assuming WFTC in place of family credit|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the minutes for the Financial Inclusion Taskforce meeting on 11 July have not been made available; and when he expects them to be made available. 
Ed Balls: Minutes of the Financial Inclusion Taskforce meeting on 11 July are now available on the Financial Inclusion Taskforce website. They can be accessed at www.financialinclusion-taskforce.org.uk.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to value all land used for commercial game rearing where more than 50 birds are kept; and if he will make a statement. 
The VOA make assessments of game farms in all cases where it is appropriate to do so, in accordance with current rating legislation, responsibility for which rests with the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Years 1976 to 2004: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/STATBASE/ssdataset.asp?vlnk=9468
Year 2005: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/STATBASE/Product.asp?vlnk=601
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how much the International Passenger Survey has cost in each of the years since 2001. (94109)
The figures shown in the table below are in millions and relate to the financial years across the period in question.
|Cost of the International Passenger Survey, 1999 to 2006|
|Financial year||Cost (£ million)|
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