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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) individuals and (b) companies have (i) donated money to and (ii) sponsored projects run by his Department where the sum provided was more than £100,000 in each year since 1997; and which projects were supported in each case. 
John Healey: There have been no donations or bequests over £100,000 specifically as a contribution to the running costs of the Treasury since 1997. Donations and bequests are periodically received by the Treasury as a contribution to the public finances, and some have exceeded £100,000. Those donations are surrendered to the consolidated fund.
There have been no sponsorships received by the Treasury with a value greater than £100,000 since the formal introduction of resource accounting in 2001-02. I am not aware of any sponsorships over £100,000 between 1997 and 2001-02, although sponsorship arrangements would not have been recorded under the appropriation accounting system.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the chair is of the Financial Inclusion Taskforce; what his or her remuneration is; and how much they have claimed in expenses since appointment. 
Ed Balls: The Chair of the Financial Inclusion Taskforce is Brian Pomeroy, CBE. All members of the Financial Inclusion Taskforce, including the Chair, are unremunerated for the considerable time and effort they spend on Taskforce matters. The Taskforce budget includes a provision for reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred by members on Taskforce business. Expenses claimed by members since the inception of the Taskforce in February 2005 have been minimal.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1735W, on financial services, what estimates he made of the potential change in tax revenue prior to the change in the law on 3 December 2004 refusing the right of claimants from outside the European Union in the financial services and insurance sectors engaged in the supply of services to non-EU customers to recover VAT incurred on goods and services from UK suppliers. 
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2007, Official Report, column 595W, when he will be in a position to confirm whether the last year of the current economic cycle will be included in the next economic cycle for the purposes of calculating compliance with the Golden Rule. 
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average investment income and (b) average earned income was of (i) the top (A) 0.1 per cent., (B) one per cent., (C) five per cent., (D) 10 per cent., (E) 20 per cent. and (F) 25 per cent. and (ii) bottom (1) 70 per cent. and (2) 50 per cent. of all taxpayers in the latest year for which data is available. 
|Taxpayers ranged on total tax paid ( 1) (per cent.)||( 2) Mean total investment income||( 3) Mean total earned income|
|(1 )Estimates obtained from the Survey of Personal Incomes, 2004-05.|
(2) Investment income defined as the sum of rents from UK property, interest from banks, building societies and other deposit takers, dividends from shares in UK companies and unit trusts and other income taxable at 20 per cent.
(3) Earned income includes pay, pensions, self-employment income and miscellaneous other earnings.
(4) Estimates are rounded to 3 significant figures.
Dawn Primarolo: Most food is VAT zero-rated. The VAT liability of low calorie foods generally follows the VAT liability of their mainstream food equivalents, and they may be zero or standard-rated depending on the nature of the product and the way that it is supplied. This has been the case since VAT was introduced in 1973 and there are no proposals to change this.
Norman Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 692W, on non-domiciliary taxation, on what date the review was announced; and when he expects to conclude the review. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question on the amount of unsecured personal debt in the last 20 years as a percentage of (a) average income and (b) GDP. I am replying in her absence. 
The information requested is shown in the attached table. The first period for which data on unsecured personal debt is available is 1987.
The estimates for unsecured debt (households total financial liabilities other than secured debt) are the national accounts series for the combined household and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) sectors. Consistent estimates of average income are not available. The figures are given instead as a proportion of total gross disposable income.
Estimates for households alone are not available. NPISHs are legal entities which are principally engaged in the production of non-market services for households and whose main resources are voluntary contributions by households. For example, charities; relief and aid organisations; educational establishments; trade unions; professional associations, political parties and religious organisations, and sports clubs and associations.
|Unsecured personal debt as a percentage of average income and GDP, 1987-2005|
|Unsecured Personal debt( 1) (end-year) (£)||Gross Disposable Income( 2) (£)||GDP (£ million)||Unsecured debt as a % of average income(end-year)||Unsecured debt as a % of GDP (end-year)|
|(1) Unsecured personal debt is the sum of short term loans issued by Monetary Financial Institutions in the United Kingdom and abroad. We have assumed average income as being gross disposable income. The data were published in the United Kingdom Economic Accounts table 64 published on 21 December 2006 available at the following address.|
(2 )For the combined household and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) sectors, consistent estimates of average income are not available. The figures are given as a proportion of total gross disposable income.
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