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Treasury

11 Downing Street

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed at No. 11 Downing Street; and what the (a) duties, (b) salaries and (c) dates of appointment are of each employee. [104664]

John Healey: One person manages No.11.

Council of Economic Advisers

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the specific policy areas are of each member of his Council of Economic Advisers. [104658]

John Healey: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 18 October 2006, Official Report, column 1252W.

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date each of his Council of Economic Advisers took up their position. [104660]

John Healey: Shriti Vadera, Stewart Wood and Michael Jacobs were reappointed to the Council of Economic Advisers on 10 May 2005. Dan Corry was appointed Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in June 2006. Gavin Kelly was appointed in September 2006.

Documents

David Davis: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which internal guidance documents are used in his Department. [104608]


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John Healey: Guidance on a wide range of issues is available within the Departments and agencies responsible to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The guidance documents concerned are not held centrally and the information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Duty Free Allowances

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the European Commission to raise the duty free allowance for bringing goods into the country from outside the EU to £1,000. [104669]

Dawn Primarolo: On 28 November, European Finance Ministers agreed to raise the duty free allowance for people returning from outside the EU by air and sea to €430 (£290). This doubles the current allowance for all UK travellers returning from third countries. The allowance will be reviewed every four years, providing the opportunity for further increases.

Government Expenditure

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) total expected Government contribution to (i) the Thames Gateway, (ii) the Olympics in London in 2012 and (iii) London’s rail and other infrastructure under the control of Transport for London and (b) the consequential payments to each devolved administration under the terms of the Barnett Formula in each year of planned expenditure. [107337]

Mr. Timms: The Government published their spending plans for the period to 2007-08 in July 2004 and published at that time an updated Statement of Funding Policy explaining the funding arrangements for the devolved administrations. The Government will announce the conclusions of their Comprehensive Spending Review next year and will update the Statement of Funding Policy at that time.

Iraq

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Prime Minister gave his written approval for his trip to Iraq on 18 November. [107776]

John Healey: Permission was received before the visit.

National Identity Register

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what personal data held by his Department will be entered on to the National Identity Register; and if he will make a statement. [107792]

Mr. Timms: I refer the hon. Member the answer I gave him on 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 728W.

Official Cars

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cars run by his Department were manufactured (a) in the UK and (b) abroad. [104811]


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John Healey: The Government Car and Despatch Agency provides cars and drivers for Treasury Ministers. The Treasury does not own or run any motor vehicles.

Pornography: Children

Mrs. James: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much child pornography was seized under section 139(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005. [104708]

Dawn Primarolo: HM Revenue and Customs seized the following amounts of child pornography:

Financial year Number of seizures Total number of items seized

2002-03

12

37

2003-04

14

110

2004-05

14

386


Private Finance Unit

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff work in the Private Finance Unit; and at what grade; [104766]

(2) what the remit is of the Private Finance Unit; and how its performance is assessed. [104767]

John Healey: The team in the Treasury responsible for the private finance initiative contains 11.5 full-time posts, two of which are at senior civil service level. The staff concerned are responsible for market-wide PFI policy including contract standardisation and guidance and value for money and other guidance. Responsibility for the management of specific PFI project rests with departmental PFI units, rather than the Treasury.

Taxation

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect on the income generated to the Exchequer has resulted from the new regime for the taxation of loan relationships, derivative contracts and foreign exchange gains and losses since 2002. [104638]

Dawn Primarolo: FA 2002, the Loan Relationships and Derivative Contracts legislation incorporating Foreign Exchange, refocused the rules for taxing complex financial transactions to enable them to reflect and respond better to a dynamic and evolving market. At the same time, tax and accounting measures of profits were aligned and structural weaknesses that had given scope for avoidance were addressed. At the time we estimated that avoidance by corporations using schemes involving financial instruments amounted to
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an Exchequer loss of around £350 million per annum. Given the wide-ranging remit of the FA 2002 changes, we have not been able to isolate the contribution of these rules to the overall increase in CT in the intervening years.

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect on the income generated to the Exchequer since 2000 has resulted from the (a) changing of double taxation relief rules to limit the use of mixer companies to shelter low taxed foreign profits from UK tax and (b) new accounting rules for apportioning interest payable and the income of life assurance companies. [104639]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates for both measures were included in the 2000 Financial Statement and Budget Report. The first measure was extensively refined by Finance Act 2001 and, when these refinements are taken into account, the full year cost to the Exchequer was estimated to be £25 million. Otherwise, there are no subsequent estimates.

VAT

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the European Commission to issue a derogation so that businesses with turnovers of £1.35 million or less will be able to take advantage of more flexible VAT payment options. [104670]

Dawn Primarolo: The timetable has not yet been finalised but we expect the European Commission to adopt and issue a proposal shortly. Any subsequent announcement in respect of the turnover limit for entry to the VAT Cash Accounting Scheme will be made separately, as part of the normal Budget process.

VAT: Electronic Commerce

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effect on the income generated to the Exchequer has resulted from the introduction of VAT for non-EU businesses providing electronically supplied services to EU consumers since 2003. [104643]

Dawn Primarolo: The majority of VAT collected as a result of the change in the VAT rules is via the special VAT on e-services scheme for non-EU businesses. Since its introduction in July 2003, around £100 million has been collected in UK VAT.

Working Tax Credits: Prisoners

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total amount paid in working tax credits to prisoners on day release in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [104667]

Dawn Primarolo: This information is not available.


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Constitutional Affairs

Child Abuse: Historic Claims

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will change the limitation periods on adults making claims relating to abuse they experienced when children. [107346]

Ms Harman: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my right hon. Friend the Member for North Tyneside (Mr. Byers), Official Report, 5 December 2006, c. 348W.

Court Service Budget

Mr. Drew: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the budget is for the court service in each criminal justice area in 2006-07; and what percentage change each figure represents of the budget for 2005-06. [106330]

Ms Harman: Her Majesty’s Courts Service consists of 42 criminal justice areas. The budget data for each area has been placed in both libraries of the House.

Her Majesty’s Courts Service operates a unified court structure and a unified budget. The budget allocated to each criminal justice area is made up of funding for both criminal and civil courts. The information provided, while broken down by criminal justice area, is the budget for the court service not the budget for criminal justice.

Immigration Cases

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what dates her Department notified the Home Office of the decisions of the immigration judge on 23 May and of the Tribunal on 18 August (reference OA/17132/2005) in the case of Mr W.G. of Pakistan, husband of Mrs A.M. of Aylesbury. [107366]

Bridget Prentice: Information shows that the immigration judge decision in the appeal of Mr. W. G. was served on both parties to the appeal on 23 May 2006, following an appeal hearing on 9 May 2006.

An application by the respondent seeking a reconsideration of the original decision was determined on 25 August by a senior member of the judiciary and served on both parties on the 29 August 2006.

Magistrates: Milton Keynes

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many applications to sit as a magistrate in Milton Keynes were (a) received and (b) accepted from each ethnic group in each of the last five years. [104623]

Ms Harman: The numbers of applications received are not recorded centrally. Appointments to the magistracy in each ethnic group in each of the last five years are:


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White Mixed Asian Black Any other Unknown

2001-02

13

0

0

0

1

0

2002-03

9

1

0

1

0

0

2002-04

9

0

1

3

0

0

2004-05

12

0

1

0

0

0

2005-06

12

0

1

0

0

0

Totals

55

1

3

4

1

0


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