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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department approved the decision by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to commission a report by KPMG into the cost of the 2012 Olympics. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 210W, on the Olympics, how many staff in his Department's Public Services and Growth Directorate spend more than 70 per cent. of their time on work related to the 2012 Olympics; and what the pay band is of each such staff member; 
Paul Holmes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether options are available to (a) non-religious people and (b) people of religions other than Plymouth Brethren who seek to opt out of annuities; 
There will be a requirement to withdraw a minimum level of income each year from an ASP fund, the maximum annual withdrawal limit from an ASP fund will be increased and the facility to transfer funds on death as a lump sum to pension funds of other members in the scheme will be removed from the authorised payment rules. Further details are in pre-Budget report note 13 available at
These proposals will bring practice and policy intention into line and provide a fair balance between meeting the needs of those with principled religious objections to annuitisation and the needs of the wider public.
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.
Child Trust Fund information on take up at constituency level will be available early next year. A detailed distributional analysis of the Child Trust Fund looking at take up by income group will also be published in 2007.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2006, Official Report, column 206W, on departmental staff, how many of the total civil service staff for each period given were frontline professionals as defined in the Gershon Report. 
John Healey: Due to the wide variety of work carried out by the civil service, there is no single central definition of front line. The Gershon Review discussed reallocations to front-line posts in the context of workforce reforms being undertaken in the Department for Work and Pensions and Her Majestys Revenue and Customs as part of their respective efficiency programmes. It is for these departments to decide to which posts these reallocations will take place.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many bank-related services complaints were received by the Financial Ombudsman Service about (a) mortgage products, (b) current accounts, (c) credit cards, (d) loans other than mortgages, (e) other banking services and (f) savings and deposit accounts in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what foreign visits have been undertaken by Office of Government Commerce staff on official business in the last 12 months; what the total cost was of each visit; and how much of that sum was accounted for by (a) travel expenses, (b) expenses claimed and (c) accommodation in each case. 
John Healey: OGC staff have undertaken a total of 85 overseas trips in the last 12 months, from December 2005 to December 2006, at a total cost to OGC of £71,000. That total has been broken down into travel costs and subsistence costs below, but to break down the cost into individual visits could be done only at disproportionate costs.
Robert Key: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many intelligence officers are (a) employed by HM Revenue and Customs and (b) assigned to the uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft sector of HM Revenue and Customs' responsibilities. 
It is not possible to extract the specific numbers of staff assigned to the uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft sector for the reasons given in the written answer by the Paymaster General on 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 521W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew).
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Revenue and Customs (HMRC) contact centres undertake work on behalf of private companies; whether HMRC receives financial incentives for the volume of calls processed (a) from his Department and (b) private companies; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many information technology projects within the responsibility of his Department, its agencies and their predecessors have been cancelled since 1997; what the total cost was of each project at cancellation; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: No information technology projects within the Royal Mint, the Valuation Office Agency, the Debt Management Office, the Government Actuarys Department, National Savings and Investments and the Office for National Statistics have been cancelled since 1997.
No information technology projects within the Office of Government Commerce or for OGC.buying.solutions have been cancelled since 2001. Information prior to 2001 for OGC and its predecessor organisation, the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
HMRC cancelled an element of the Child Trust Fund (CTF) project when it was determined that this element was not necessary for the implementation of CTF and was not a strategic value for money project in its own right. However, a first release of this element was successfully developed and deployed. This release was critical for the smooth implementation and ongoing running of the Child Trust Fund project. The cost at cancellation for 2004-05 was £5.532 million and for 2005-06 £9.818 million.
James Duddridge: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much time officials from his Department have spent in (a) Israel and (b) the Occupied Palestinian Territories on official business in each of the last three years; and at what cost. 
John Healey: In the last three years, Treasury officials have made a small number of short visits to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including in support of the Chancellors visit to Israel last year. Finding the precise information requested would involve disproportionate costs.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the mortality rate was of (a) men and (b) women in Stroud in each year since 1991. (105504)
The table below provides the age-standardised mortality rate for (a) men and (b) women in Stroud local authority for the years 1991 to 2005 (the latest available).
|Table 1: Age-standardised mortality rates( 1) , Stroud local authority, 1991-2005( 2)|
|Deaths per 100,000|
|(1) Age-standardised mortality rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.|
(2) Using local authority boundaries as of 2005 for deaths for all years shown.
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