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Mr. Timms: The Government have made good progress towards achieving these targets. The Government's July publication, Releasing Resources to meet the challenges ahead: value for money in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, announced that, by the end of March 2006, departments and local authorities had already reported annual efficiency gains of £9.8 billion and gross workforce reductions of 45,547.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost to the Exchequer of the April 2003 immigration easement which led to rule 12 verification failures not being investigated. 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of families in receipt of in-work benefits and housed by a local authority or social landlord in which (a) one and (b) two parents moved into work from (i) unemployment and (ii) part-time work increased their income in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what percentage of households in receipt of in-work benefits where one parent moved from part-time work, up to 16 hours per week, into full-time work in 2005-06 increased their income; and if he will make a statement; 
(5) what percentage of people in receipt of in-work benefits who increased their working hours from up to 16 hours per week to full-time work increased their income in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement. 
Any individual moving into work from unemployment or increasing their gross in-work income by increasing hours worked will see an increase in net income after taxes and benefits if their replacement rate and marginal deduction rates are less than 100 per cent.
Estimated replacement rates and marginal deduction rates for a range of individuals in specific family types are published annually by DWP in "Tax Benefit Model Tables". The latest tables show no meaningful cases where marginal deduction rates for those eligible for in-work benefits are 100 per cent. or more. Replacement ratios likewise are less than 100 per cent. in the vast majority of circumstances.
John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations 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 Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2006, Official Report, column 1643W, on Official Visit (Nigeria), if he will place in the Library a copy of the written approval. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 291W, on pension contributions, if he will ensure that those who pay voluntary class 3 National Insurance contributions under the present system are refunded if the proposed Pensions Reform Bill includes provisions cutting the number of years to qualify for the full State Pension to 30 and the additional contributions paid prove unnecessary; and what guidance he plans to provide to people in that situation. 
Ed Balls: There are no plans to refund those who have paid voluntary Class 3 contributions under existing legislation. HMRC has taken steps to alert contributors to the potential impact of the proposed changes and advised that they should obtain a pension forecast before paying any voluntary contributions, if they are due to reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2010. Information has also been placed on the HMRC website about the changes.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of pensions tax relief which relates to public sector pension schemes; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 293W, on private finance initiative, how much has been spent by his Department on private finance initiative projects postponed pending further consideration or stopped in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Pope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost has been to the Exchequer of overpayments of tax credits which have been written off by HM Revenue and Customs in the Hyndburn constituency in the last three years. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases of tax credit fraud have been discovered since 2003 involving economic migrants continuing to receive tax credit payments after they
have returned to their home country; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has investigated fraud by tax credit recipients who are married or are partners but who claim to have separated; and if he will make a statement. 
15. Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will meet hon. Members representing constituencies in Nottingham to discuss budgetary issues related to the merger of the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital Trusts. 
Ms Hewitt: I would be happy to meet with hon. Members to discuss issues relating to the merger of the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital Trusts. The hon. Gentleman should contact my office to arrange a suitable date.
16. Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on the NHS of the recent decision by Pfizer to make Alliance-Boots the sole UK distributor of its products. 
Andy Burnham: The Department has obtained an assurance from Pfizer that the new arrangements will guarantee an appropriate and continued supply of Pfizer prescription medicines to pharmacists, hospitals and dispensing doctors. My Officials will monitor the new arrangements to ensure that Pfizer honour this commitment and, if necessary, will require the company to swiftly resolve any problems that may occur.
It is recognised that in a small number of organisations financial management and governance needs to improve. We need to rectify this through a combination of turnaround support and robust processes for board appointments.
Andy Burnham: The financial position reported by the NHS at the end of the first quarter of 2006-07 shows that the NHS as a whole is broadly on track to deliver net financial balance by the end of the current financial year and continues to perform well against key service targets.
Ms Rosie Winterton: North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is currently developing proposals for a new acute hospital in Whitehaven in the context of the whole system review of health services in Cumbria. The North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust expects to carry out public consultation on the new hospital early in 2007.
Ms Rosie Winterton: We estimate that as at the end of March 2006, around 24.7 million people had accessed NHS dental services in the most recent 15-month period, over half a million more than at the same point in 2005. The levels of dentistry now being commissioned by primary care trusts, following the reforms of NHS dentistry in April 2006, already exceed the levels provided in the previous year.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust is carrying out a range of initiatives to increase the number of GPs in the area. These include investment in improved primary care premises and increasing the number of training practices.
Andy Burnham: The Annual Health Check has been the toughest and most comprehensive assessment of the NHS. It takes forward our commitment to provide patients and the public with detailed and easily understandable information about the performance of their local health services.
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