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FOI Requests

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who is responsible for determining which Freedom of Information Act requests are selected for publication on his Department’s website; and what criteria are used. [115386]

John Healey: The Information Rights Unit.

GDP Statistics

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of gross domestic product was recorded in the nomenclature of units for territorial statistics area most closely corresponding to (a) Peterborough city council area and (b) Peterborough constituency in each of the last five years. [115579]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 18 January 2007:

Gross value added( 1) for Peterborough (£ million)

2000

2,405

2001

2,525

2002

2,706

2003

2,942

2004

3,175

(1) Gross value added (GVA) is gross domestic product (GDP) less toes (plus subsidies) on products.

HM Revenue and Customs

Mr. Crabb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last discussed the reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales with the Secretary of State for Wales. [116573]

Dawn Primarolo: Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was
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the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Hywel Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets his Department sets for quality of service at HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales; and what recent assessment he has made of performance against those targets for each office. [108570]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 12 December 2006]: HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) sets national quality of service targets that apply equally to offices in Wales. HMRC’s combined Annual Report 2005-06 and Autumn Performance Report 2006 (cm6983) sets out the latest assessment of progress. The report was presented to Parliament on 19 December 2006. A downloadable copy is available in portable document format (pdf) from the HMRC website at:

Mental Health

Danny Alexander: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) the progress to date and (b) the timetable for completion of the cross-cutting review of mental health and employment outcomes in relation to the comprehensive spending review. [116014]

Mr. Timms: The cross-cutting review of mental health and employment outcomes was announced in Budget 2006. It is expected to report as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007.

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has visited (a) Israel and (b) Palestine in the last three years. [115388]

Ed Balls: As Economic Secretary to the Treasury, I visited Israel and the Occupied Territories on 19-20 December 2006. Before my appointment I also visited the region on two occasions: 30 October-1 November 2005 and 22-24 February 2006.

Mission Testing Europe Ltd

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what services Mission Testing Europe Ltd. was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the total value has been of payments in 2006-07. [115928]

John Healey: Mission Testing Europe was paid £46,556 plus VAT in 2005-06 by the Treasury, on behalf of the Debt Management Office, for the services of a secondee to the Debt Management Office. There were no payments in 2006-07.


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PPP and PFI

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contractors have claimed success fees in bid competitions since the establishment of public private partnerships and private finance initiatives; and at what cost to the public purse. [115687]

John Healey: The Treasury is not aware of any situations where contractors have claimed specific success fees. The successful company in a PPP or PFI bidding competition will, upon the finalisation of the contract, receive payments as specified in this contract for the assets and services it has agreed to deliver. Information on the sums payable for PFI contracts are available on the Treasury’s signed deals list at:

Public Appointments

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public appointments his Department has made in the last three years; who was appointed in each case; on what date each appointment was made; and what remuneration is received by each appointee. [115389]

John Healey: Details of public appointments to bodies sponsored by the Treasury, and remuneration of appointees, can be found in “Public Bodies 2005”, a copy of which is in the Library of the House.

Public Sector Employees

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1223-24W, on public sector employees, what the corresponding data were for the given years for the percentage of population (a) in private sector employment and (b) on benefits not in long-term employment. [115920]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 18 January 2007:


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Private sector employment as a percentage of resident population by region, 1999 and 2005
Government office region 1999 2005

North East

30.7

32.8

North West

36.0

36.6

Yorkshire and The Humber

35.9

37.2

East Midlands

37.6

38.3

West Midlands

37.8

37.5

East

37.5

37.8

London

43.5

42.4

South East

40.0

40.7

South West

39.4

39.2

Wales

31.5

33.9

Scotland

34.7

37.0

Northern Ireland

29.2

30.5

United Kingdom

37.4

38.0

Note:
Regional estimates of private sector employment are derived as the difference between total employment according to the Labour Force Survey and corresponding regional estimates of public sector employment which are based on returns from public sector organisations, combined with approximate breakdowns from the Labour Force Survey for Wales and the English regions.
Sources:
Labour Force Survey, returns from public sector organisations (ONS, Scottish Executive and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for Northern Ireland)

Reviews

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many members of staff in his Department worked in the Cooksey Review team as at 5 December 2006; and what the pay band was of each staff member; [115533]

(2) how many members of staff in his Department were working on the Stern Review team as at 29 October 2006; and what the pay band was of each such staff member; [115532]

(3) how many members of staff in his Department were working on the Eddington Review as at 30 November 2006, broken down by pay band; [115377]

(4) how many members of staff in his Department were working on the Lyons Review (a) in 2006 and (b) as at 5 January 2007, broken down by pay band; [115376]

(5) how many members of staff in his Department were working in the Davidson Review team as at 27November 2006, broken down by pay band; [115375]

(6) how many members of staff in his Department were working in the Sainsbury Review team as at 5 January 2007, broken down by pay band; [115374]

(7) how many members of staff in his Department were working in the Leitch Review team as at 4 December 2006, broken down by pay band; [115373]

(8) how many members of staff in his Department were working in the Barker Review team at 4 December 2006, broken down by pay band; [115371]

(9) how many members of staff in his Department were working in the team supporting James Crosby in his public-private forum on identity management as at 5 January 2007, broken down by pay band. [115372]

John Healey: Treasury staff provide administrative and analytical support as necessary to independent review and inquiry teams established by the Chancellor.


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The number of Treasury officials working on each review is given in the table.

Reviews Staff

Barker Review 4 December 2006

1 Range E (1.0 FTE)

4 Range D (3.0 FTE)

1 Range C (0.6 FTE)

Leitch Review 4 December 2006

3 Range E (3.0 FTE)

3 Range D (2.2 FTE)

1 Range C( 1.0 FTE)

Sainsbury Review 5 January 2007

1 Range E (1.0 FTE)

1 Range D (1.0 FTE)

1 Range C (1.0 FTE)

Davidson Review 27 November 2006

1 Range F (1.0 FTE)

Lyons Review total number of Treasury staff working on the review during 2006.

3 Range E (2.0 FTE)

1 Range C (1.0 FTE)

2 Range B(1.4 FTE)

Lyons Review 5 January 2007

2 Range E (2.0 FTE)

1 Range C (1.0 FTE)

1 Range B (0.4 FTE)

Eddington Study 30 November 2006

1 Range F (1.0 FTE)

2 Range E (2.0 FTE)

1 Range D (1.0 FTE)

1 Range B (1.0 FTE)

Stern Review 29 October 2006

1 Range B (0.5 FTE)

1 Range C (0.5 FTE)

3 Range D(1.5 FTE)

7 Range E (3.5 FTE)

4 Range F (2.0 FTE)

Cooksey Review 5 December 2006

3 Range E (2.8 FTE)

James Crosby Review : Public-private forum 5 January 2007

1 Range E (1.0 FTE)

1 Range B (1.0 FTE)

FTE = Full-time equivalent.

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