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Departmental Gifts

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what each gift given by his Department in the 2005-06 financial year was; on what date each was given; what the estimated cost was of each gift; what the reason was for giving each gift; and who the recipient was of each. [102865]

John Healey: HM Treasury does not keep a central record of gifts given (if any) by the Department; therefore, this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Inquiries

Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions his Department has conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subjects of those leak inquiries were; and who authorised each inquiry. [106484]

John Healey: The Treasury does not comment on leak inquiries.


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Departmental Staff

Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest period was for which a consultant was employed in each year. [102965]

John Healey: The information requested is not available.

Departmental Staff

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of staff employed in his Department were registered disabled in each year since 2001. [104471]

John Healey: Data for the years requested are available on the civil service website. The latest available data are as at April 2005 and these, together with previous years' data, can be found at the following website addresses:

Declaration of a disability is voluntary.

Departmental Statistics

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many different sets of statistics are produced by the Government Statistical Service each year; and how many of these are designated as national statistics. [101657]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 December 2006:

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which statistics have been withdrawn from the National Statistics Series over the last five years; what the reason was in each case; and what process is followed to determine whether a statistic should be withdrawn from the National Statistics Series. [101658]

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


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Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 December 2006:

Departmental Studies

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which studies have been commissioned by his Department from (a) external agencies, (b) companies, (c) academics and (d) individuals in 2006. [107160]

John Healey: This information is not held centrally in Treasury and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Driver Training

Jon Trickett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax incentives there are for companies and small businesses to offer driver training in vehicles covered by (a) B, (b) B1, (c) C, (d) C1, (e) D and (f) D1 vehicle classifications. [106466]

John Healey: The Government offers incentives through the tax system to encourage training. Training expenditure is fully tax deductible for businesses and individuals are not taxed for the in-kind benefit of receiving work related training.

The Government offers other schemes to specifically support HGV driver training such as the Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving Scheme (SAFED) that has been developed under the Road Haulage Modernisation Fund.

Economic Statistics

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in work in (a) Great Britain, (b) England and Wales, (c) the north west,
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(d) the city of Manchester and (e) Manchester, Gorton constituency on (i) 2 May 1997 and (ii) the most recent date for which figures are available; and what the percentage change was in each figure over that period. [106386]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 December 2006:

These estimates, as with any from sample surveys, are subject to a margin of uncertainty. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with particular caution.

Table 1: Number of persons aged 16 and over, in employment, resident in each area, and percentage change over time
Thousands
12 months ending
Area February 1997 March 2006 Percentage change

Great Britain

25,355

27,371

8

England and Wales

23,102

24,955

8

North West

2,900

3,080

6

Manchester

138

159

16

Manchester, Gorton

24

25

1

Note:
Estimates are subject to sampling variability. Changes over time should be treated with particular caution.
Source:
Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of inflation is; and what it was on 2 May 1997. [106392]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 4 December 2006:


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Fuel Duties

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reduction in revenue has been since the introduction of the 20 pence preferential Fuel Duty rate on biofuels; and if he will make a statement. [106904]

John Healey: The total quantity of biofuels for which duty has been paid can be found on page two of the HM Revenue and Customs Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin, a copy of which can be found on the HMRC website at:

The 20 pence per litre duty differential applies to the total quantity of biofuels since their introduction.

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department holds or administers a ring-fenced fund through which increases in fuel duties are spent on the modernisation of roads and public transport. [106447]

John Healey: The Chancellor’s 1999 pre-Budget report (PBR) announced that decisions on the appropriate level of fuel duties, would be set on a Budget-by-Budget basis, taking account of the Government’s economic and social objectives as well as the UK’s environmental concerns.

It was also announced that revenues from any real terms increases in fuel duties would, in future, go straight into a ring-fenced fund for improving public transport and modernising the road network. Since then no such increases have been introduced, and fuel duty rates are now 16 per cent. lower in real terms than in 2000.

Import Duties

Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation HM Revenue and Customs undertakes with UK manufacturers in advance of it changing a tariff heading on components imported from outside the EU for incorporation in UK manufactured products. [103297]

Dawn Primarolo: Tariff headings may be changed for different reasons: for example, following annual tariff nomenclature changes, publication of an EU regulation aimed at ensuring uniform classification within the EU or as the result of reconsideration of the classification of a particular product. HM Revenue and Customs consult with UK businesses where the impact of the change has been identified as significant and time permits, or business expertise is sought to help determine the correct classification of a product. Consultation is generally through trade associations to obtain the views of a wide spectrum of the trade. An example of this is the consultation undertaken during the major review of the electronic tariff chapters for implementation in January 2007.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment is made by HM Revenue and Customs of the impact of the variation of an import tariff
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heading on the UK manufacturing base before such a variation is made; and if he will make a statement. [103298]

Dawn Primarolo: Goods in international trade are classified under the EC Combined Nomenclature which provides the legal basis for the Community’s Tariff. Tariff headings may be varied for different reasons, for example following annual nomenclature changes or publication of an EU regulation aimed at ensuring uniform classification within the EU. HM Revenue and Customs are legally obliged to implement such changes. They assess the impact of significant changes by analysing import declaration data and consulting the trade. Consultation is generally through trade associations to obtain the views of a wide spectrum of the trade. An example of this is the consultation undertaken during the major review of the electronic tariff chapters for implementation in January 2007.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether electronic components not manufactured in the EU are free of tariffs when imported into the UK for incorporation into a UK manufactured product. [103299]

Dawn Primarolo: Imported electronic components that are parts of information technology products such as computers are free of import duty under international agreement. Other imported electronic components are generally subject to positive tariffs. EC agreements provide for relief from payment of import duties, subject to conditions, where goods are imported for processing such as incorporation into a UK manufactured product for re-export.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that changes in import duty rates are not applied retrospectively when a tariff heading is changed by HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement. [103300]

Dawn Primarolo: When HM Revenue and Customs become aware that import duty paid is less than the amount of duty legally due they must apply the correct rate retrospectively in line with the legal provisions of the Community Customs Code. There are circumstances where the obligation to pay the additional duty may be suspended, for example where a successful application for remission of duty is made. Alternatively, importers may protect themselves from retrospective claims for duty by applying to HM Revenue and Customs for an advance ruling known as Binding Tariff Information (BTI). A BTI covers a specific product and is normally valid for six years. If HM Revenue and Customs change the tariff heading and the BTI is revoked the holder will be protected from a retrospective claim and may still rely on the BTI for up to six months where binding contracts for the purchase or sale of the goods have been concluded.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the Binding Tariff Information relating to the importation of board cameras was invalidated in February 2006. [103301]


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