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Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) public affairs and (b) public relations companies were contracted to work for (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of his Department between 1997 and 2002. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the contribution to Exchequer revenue of public service broadcasting licences was in each year since 2000; what estimate his Department has made of such revenue in each year up to 2015; and if he will make a statement. 
|Licensees collectively paid|
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the basis was for his statement on GMTV on 25 October that the Government have a budget of £1.5 billion for sport; and if he will provide a breakdown of that budget by source. 
Mr. Timms: The £1.5 billion figure used by the Chancellor in his statement on GMTV on 25 October is the investment being made in PE and school sport for the five years to 2008. The exact amount is £1.559 billion, of which £739 million is being invested by the Department for Educations and Skills, £239 million by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, and £581 million is being invested in facilities by the Big Lottery Funds New Opportunities for PE and Sport initiative.
Hugh Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions took place with (a) the Department for Education and Skills, (b) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (c) Sport England, (d) UK Sport, (e) the Youth Sport Trust and (f) London 2012 before the Chancellors announcement on sport of 25 October 2006. 
Mr. Timms: 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 Governments practice to provide details of all such meetings.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to respond to the results of the consultation on independence for statistics; and when he plans to introduce legislation on this issue. 
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the funding of the infrastructure for the Sustainable Communities programme in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England. 
John Healey: The Government's response to Kate Barker's review on housing supply at PER 05 set out, among other things, the Government's ambition over the next decade to increase new housing supply in England to 200,000 net additions per year and a Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 Policy Review into Supporting Housing Growth.
The Policy Review is examining the infrastructure implications of meeting housing growth ambitions across England, as well as in the growth areas. The review will inform CSR negotiations, including with DCLG.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research has been conducted into the problems encountered by self-employed people claiming tax credits; and if he will take steps to change the system to take better account of the needs of the self-employed. 
Dawn Primarolo: HMRC has ongoing research into tax credits as part of its active external research programme. Details can be found on their website http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/research/activities.htm. The self-employed participate in many of these studies. The research findings will be of interest to all claimants, including the self-employed, and where relevant any distinct conclusions which can be made for this group will be drawn.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 341W, on credit overpayments, why HM Revenue and Customs made an error in paying tax credits to claimants subject to immigration control; and if he will make a statement. 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of (a) UK investments in the US and (b) UK lending to the US Federal Government in 2005-06; and what percentage of such UK investments is represented by UK lending. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the total value is of (a) UK investments in the US and (b) UK lending to the US Federal government; and what percentage of such UK investments is represented by US lending. (97397)
The information shown in the table below is taken from Table 10.1 of the annual Balance of Payment yearbook: The Pink Book 2006. A geographical breakdown of the UK's International Investment Position is available up to 2004 and is consistent with the 2006 edition of the Pink Book.
|Investment levels as at 31 December 2004|
| Source: ONS Pink Book 2006|
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) does not have data available for US lending to the UK. They are included within US other investment in the UK in the table above, but this also includes deposits from the US with UK residents (together with some other very much smaller components).
Ed Balls: As set out in the 2005 pre-Budget report, the Government welcome the banking industrys commitment to establish a scheme to allow genuinely unclaimed assets to be reinvested in the community. The Government and industry have agreed that the definition of an unclaimed asset should generally cover bank and building society accounts where there has been no customer activity for a period of 15 years, as that will best identify those accounts that are genuinely unclaimed. No assets have been invested as work on setting up the scheme is ongoing.
John Mann: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was collected from (a) registered trades unions, (b) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and (c) Vendside Ltd. in each year since 1998. 
|Net VAT receipts (£ million)|
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average wage was for (i) full-time male, (ii) full-time female, (iii) part-time male and (iv) part-time female employees and (b) average household income was for working age households in the Peterborough city council area in (A) cash and (B) constant price terms in each of the last 10 years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question what the (a) average wage for (i) full-time male, (ii) full-time female, (iii) part time male and (iv) part time female employees and (b) average household income for working age households was for working age households was in the Peterborough City Council area in (A) cash and (B) constant price terms in each of the last 10 years. (97518).
Currently average earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for employees on adult rates of pay whose pay was unaffected by absence during the pay period. This is the standard definition used for ASHE. The ASHE does not collect data on the self employed and people who do unpaid work. I have attached tables containing statistics on earnings from the ASHE for the years 1997-2006 for the Peterborough City Council area. The second table shows these earnings statistics expressed in 2006 prices by uprating with the Retail Price Index (RPI).
Average household income for working age households by council area is not available. Household income statistics for all households in the UK, based on the Family Resources Survey, are produced by the Department of Work and Pensions. Additionally the Office for National Statistics has produced statistics for wards for 2001-02 only. These estimates are based on a statistical model and are experimental statisticsthey have been developed in accordance with the principles set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice but are not accredited as National Statistics.
The ASHE, carried out in April of each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. It is a one per cent sample of all employees who are members of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) schemes, but because of its sampling frame, it has difficulty capturing data on people with very low pay. It is therefore likely to under-represent relatively low paid staff earning below the tax threshold.
|Gross weekly (cash £) pay for employee jobs( a) by place of workPeterborough|
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