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Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1801-2W, on call centres, how many and what proportion of calls to his Department and its agencies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 were (i) handled by an adviser, (ii) received but abandoned and (iii) received an engaged tone in each year, broken down by line of business; 
Mike Penning: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of how many carers between (a) five and 15 and (b) 16 and 18-years-old in (i) England, (ii) Hemel Hempstead and (iii) the Dacorum borough council area are providing unpaid care. 
The National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales has been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking how many carers (a) under the age of 18 years and (b) between five and 15 years in (i) England, (ii) Kernel Hempstead and (iii) Dacorum borough councils area are providing unpaid care. I am replying in her absence. (100206)
The table below shows the number of people aged between 0-17 and 5-15 in (a) England, (b) Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency (PC) and (c) Dacorum borough council (BC) who on Census day (29 April 2001) were providing unpaid care. Data for Hemel Hempstead PC has been extracted from the 2001 Census database; data for both England and Dacorum borough council have been taken from table S025 in Census 2001 National Report for England and Wales pt 1 which is available in the House of Commons Library.
|All people in householdsEngland|
|All people providing unpaid care|
2001 Census data and table S025 in Census 2001 National Report for England and Wales pt 1
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of uprating child benefit in line with average earnings in each year from 2007-08 to 2012-13; what assessment he has made of the effect that uprating would have on child poverty; and if he will make a statement. 
|Cost of uprating child benefit in line with average earnings: 2007-08 to 2012-13|
|Cost (£ million)|
The Government do not produce a forecast for average earnings growth to 2012-13, so for this analysis we have assumed earnings growth in line with the estimated trend growth in labour productivity. See Budget 2006, Table B2. We have further assumed growth of retail prices in line with the projections published in Budget 2006, Table C3.
Uprating child benefit by earnings for a period of six years would amount to a cumulative increase of around 12 per cent. compared with uprating by prices. Based on a 60 per cent. contemporary median income threshold, it is estimated that a similar real terms increase implemented today could lower child poverty by between 130,000 and 160,000, depending on the choice of equivalisation scale for household incomes.
Dawn Primarolo: This information is not available. Employers and employees are not required to report the provision of tax-free employer supported child care vouchers provided to employees since the tax and national insurance contributions exemptions were introduced in April 2005.
David Mundell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which public bodies in Scotland offer their staff salary-sacrifice child care vouchers in accordance with the provisions introduced in the Finance Act 2004. 
Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child trust fund vouchers have been issued for children born in (a) the UK and (b) Wansbeck constituency; and how many have resulted in accounts being opened in each case. 
Mr. Timms: The latest set of child trust fund statistics showing UK-wide information was published by HM Revenue and Customs on 29 September at www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/child_trust_funds/child-trust-funds.htm. These show that over 75 per cent. of parents are using their childs voucher to open a child trust fund account.
Child trust fund information at constituency level would currently be available only at disproportionate cost. However, it is anticipated that this information should become available later this year.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of the supporting research commissioned as part of the Stern Review into the economics of climate change; and what proportion of the total cost of producing the Stern Review that research comprised. 
John Healey: The Stern Review spent £62,300 on supporting research. This represents five per cent. of the total £1.26 million Review budget. In addition, other Government Departments contributed £136,300 to research commissioned by the Stern Review.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of the review on the economics of climate change; how many paper copies of the report were printed; and to which bodies they have been distributed. 
John Healey: Sir Nicholas Sterns review of the economics of climate change was an independent review jointly funded by the Treasury and the Cabinet Office. The total budget was £1.26 million. The report was published on the review website at www.sternreview.org.uk
Mr. Timms: The Chancellor is keen to ensure the Comprehensive Spending Review is fully informed by widespread public engagement on the long-term challenges facing the UK. To analyse these challenges, the Government have undertaken extensive consultation with third sector organizations, services users, frontline professionals, businesses, think-tanks and academics among others. We will be publishing our analysis of the long-term challenges facing the UK later this year, and this will provide the basis for further debate.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2006, Official Report, column 1943W, on conference bookings, what the total value was of the contracts with Travelocity (formerly First Option) that were cancelled in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
In respect of HM Revenue and Customs contract with Travelocity for hotels and conference venue bookings, the cost of cancellations of conferences in the 12 month period up to June 2006 was £173,599. The information requested for the
preceding two years cannot be easily extracted from Her Majestys Revenue and Customs own records.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been recovered by debt collectors in his Departments in each of the last five years for which information is available, broken down by (a) Department and (b) the tax the recovery related to; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The amount of tax and duty recovered by the debt recovery arm of Her Majestys Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is included in the figures recorded in HMRCs Annual Report 2004-05 and Autumn Performance Report 2005.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees in each of his departments worked on debt collection in each of the last five years for which data are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: In April 2005 the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise merged to form Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Debt Management and Banking (DMB) is the arm of HMRC responsible for recovery of debt. In the last five years the DMB joint staffing allocation (in full-time equivalent terms) has been:
HMRC has taken on new work over recent years and that has affected the staffing profile while resources have had to be used flexibly to support HMRC's work, but on average about 75 per cent. of the above numbers have been directly involved in debt recovery.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals granted debtors' petitions while being actively pursued for debts by each of his departments
in each of the last five years for which information is available, broken down by department; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: In the pursuit of debt Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) handle cases where the debtor or another creditor has already filed for bankruptcy. In such cases HMRC lodge their claim like any other creditor but do not keep a separate record of the number of individuals who are granted debtors' petitions.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many creditors' petitions for bankruptcy have been granted to his departments in respect of individuals in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Departments staff were (a) under 20, (b) 21 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41 to 50, (e) 51 to 60 and (f) over 60 years of age (i) in 1997 and (ii) in the last 12 months. 
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Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has a volunteering scheme for staff; and how many and what proportion of his staff have participated in the scheme in the last 12 months. 
John Healey: The Treasury has a volunteers group that raises awareness on the benefits of volunteering and encourages employees to volunteer. The group provides employees with access to information on volunteering opportunities such as becoming school governors, trustees of charities or mentors. All employees are allowed one days paid leave to participate in volunteering.
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