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V Charity

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the salaries of the senior management at v are. [101137]

Edward Miliband: As an independent charity, senior management salaries are a matter for v’s board and are governed by charity and company law.

Details of senior management salaries will be included in v’s annual report and accounts, which will be published in 2007.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in her Department are allocated to work with the v charity on youth volunteering. [102833]

Edward Miliband: Two civil servants and one secondee from the voluntary and charitable sector work with v as part of their role in working on volunteering issues.

v was launched as an independent charity on Monday 8 May 2006, following the recommendation by lan Russell that a dedicated implementation body should commission, through a series of contracts,the delivery of a national framework for youth volunteering.

Treasury

Bank Services : Post Offices

Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) banks, (b) building societies and (c) credit unions are (i) accessible and (ii) not
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accessible through the Post Office network; what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on encouraging more financial institutions to provide products and services via the Post Office network; and if he will make a statement. [106958]

Ed Balls: The most recent FSA guide to basic bank accounts, published in September 2006, lists 17 providers whose basic bank accounts are accessible at the Post Office. Recent evidence published by the Treasury Select Committee lists 10 providers whose current accounts are accessible at the Post Office.

Basic bank accounts accessible at the Post Office( 1)

Current accounts accessible at the Post Office( 2)

There is no agreement between credit unions and Post Office Limited to provide access to credit union accounts at the Post Office. However, some sub-post offices have individual agreements to provide access to local credit union accounts.

Birth Registrations

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average waiting time was for a birth registration appointment in each local authority area in 2005-06. [104457]


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John Healey: The information requested fall within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Dennis Roberts, dated 4 December 2006:

Child Trust Fund

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children are eligible for child trust fund contributions; and how many trust funds have received contributions in each parliamentary constituency. [106208]

Ed Balls: All children who live in the UK and were born on or after 1 September 2002 are eligible for a Child Trust Fund account so long as they receive child benefit and are not subject to any immigration controls. This is around 680,000 children every year.

Children in families receiving child tax credit, with a household income not greater than the child tax credit threshold of £14,155 for 2006-07, will receive an additional Government payment of £250 when the Child Trust Fund account is opened, and again at age seven when a further payment of £250 is made to all children. This applies to around a third of all eligible children.

Information on contributions to Child Trust Fund accounts will be available next year.

Ms Buck: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Child Trust Fund vouchers have been issued to families in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each London local authority area; and what percentage of the vouchers issued have been used to open accounts in each case. [107015]

Ed Balls: The latest set of Child Trust Fund statistics showing UK-wide information was published byHM 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 child’s voucher to open a Child Trust Fund account.

Child Trust Fund information on take up at constituency level will be available early next year.


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Child Trust Funds

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take up of child trust funds has been in (a) Wantage constituency and (b) Oxfordshire since their introduction. [106705]

Ed Balls: Child Trust Fund information on take up at constituency level will be available early next year.

Latest UK-wide information on the number of Child Trust Fund vouchers issued and the number of accounts opened was published on 29 September 2006 on the HMRC website at:

Counterfeit Money

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many counterfeit (a) sterling notes and (b) euros have been seized (i) in the UK and (ii) elsewhere since
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January 2002; what (A) denomination and (B) sum value they were; and what their provenance was. [104514]

Ed Balls: A total of 1,640,000 counterfeit Bank of England banknotes were removed from circulation globally between 2002-05 with a total value of £28,695,000. Comprehensive data are not available for the provenance of the counterfeit notes. Data are not available for the number of counterfeits of sterling notes issued by those commercial banks permitted to issue notes in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Between 2002 and June 2006 a total of 2,182,800 counterfeit euro banknotes with a total value of £117,487,191 euros were removed from circulation globally. These data are not broken down by member state. Comprehensive data are not available for the provenance of the counterfeit notes.

The following tables give a breakdown by denomination and value for the above totals.

Euro counterfeits
€5 €10 €20 €50 €100 €200 €500 Total

Number of notes

2002

1,039

3,108

14,845

136,133

10,307

1,525

161

167,118

2003

3,209

5,335

149,518

314,846

54,575

14,026

950

542,459

2004

6,128

22,305

155,551

271,681

114,183

20,369

4,006

594,223

2005

5,790

34,740

126,960

341,820

40,670

20,370

8,650

579,000

2006(1)

3,000

12,000

132,000

108,000

36,000

6,000

3,000

300,000

Value

2002

5,195

31,080

296,900

6,806,650

1,030,700

305,000

80,500

8,556,025

2003

16,045

53,350

2,990,360

15,742,300

5,457,500

2,805,200

475,000

27,539,755

2004

30,640

223,050

3,111,020

13,584,050

11,418,300

4,073,800

2,003,000

34,443,860

2005

28,950

347,400

2,539,200

17,091,000

4,067,000

4,074,000

4,325,000

32,472,550

2006(1)

15,000

120,000

2,640,000

5,400,000

3,600,000

1,200,000

1,500,000

14,475,000

(1) First six months.

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