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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.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) banks, (b) building societies and (c) credit unions are (i) accessible and (ii) not
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. 
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.
Abbey: Basic Account
Alliance and Leicester: Basic Cash Account
Bank of Ireland: Basic Cash Account (only available in Northern Ireland and Eire)
Bank of Scotland: Easycash
Barclays: Cash Card Account
Co-operative Bank: Cashminder
First Trust Bank: Basic Bank Account
HSBC: Basic Bank Account
Lloyds TSB: Cash Account
Nationwide Building Society: Flex Cash Card
NatWest: Step Account
Northern Bank: Northern Personal Access
The Royal Bank of Scotland: Key Account
Ulster Bank: Basic Bank Account
Yorkshire Bank: Readycash
Alliance and Leicester
Bank of Ireland
Barclays (in England and Wales)
The Co-operative Bank
Nationwide Building Society
Lloyds TSB (in England, Wales and Scotland)
First Direct (Scotland only)
(2) Treasury Committee Evidence
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.
The Government are committed to promoting financial inclusion. Treasury Ministers have had a number of discussions with other Government Departments on a range of topics related to promoting access to appropriate banking products and other financial services.
The Registrar General for England and Wales, has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average waiting time was for a birth registration appointment in each local authority area in 2005-06. I am replying in her absence. (104457)
The responsibility for delivery of the civil local registration service in England and Wales is a local government function and the information requested is not available centrally.
The Registration Service Act 1953 provides for local authorities in England and Wales to make a registration scheme that sets out the service delivery for its area. The local authority provides such registration service delivery points and registration officers they consider appropriate to deal with the volume of birth and death registrations in their area. These provisions should allow the public to meet the statutory time limits for the registration of these events, 5 days to register a death, and 42 days to register a birth.
The responsibility for civil registration in Scotland rests with Mr Tom McCabe MSP.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.htmthese show that over 75 per cent. of parents are using their childs voucher to open a Child Trust Fund account.
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
January 2002; what (A) denomination and (B) sum value they were; and what their provenance was. 
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.
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