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Local Government

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to suspend the district council elections in England planned for May 2007. [117000]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 22 January 2007]: No. The 2007 elections will go ahead.

Milton Keynes Tariff

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether planning gain supplement will be introduced in parallel to the Milton Keynes tariff in Milton Keynes; [112212]

(2) when she expects the planning gain supplement to replace the Milton Keynes tariff. [112213]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

The Government announced at the 2006 pre-Budget report that a workable and effective PGS would not be introduced earlier than 2009. Further announcements on PGS will be made after the current consultation is completed. The Government are considering the interaction of PGS with existing tariff schemes.

Treasury

Advertising

Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year for which figures are available. [114168]

John Healey: There has been no expenditure recorded on advertising with The Guardian newspaper in 2005-06 by HM Treasury.

Aggregates Levy

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions have taken place in Scotland for breaches of the law relating to the aggregates levy since its inception. [110896]

John Healey: There have been no prosecutions in Scotland for breaches of the law since the aggregates levy was introduced.

Air Passenger Duty

Chris Grayling: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact of the increase in Air Passenger Duty on the development of the aviation industry in the UK. [111253]

John Healey [holding answer 25 January 2007]: Econometric analysis of the effects of an Air Passenger Duty increase on passenger numbers and flights was conducted to calculate that increases would deliver carbon savings of O.3 MtC a year by 2010-11. When the
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effect of non-carbon dioxide emissions are taken into account this has a climate change impact equivalent to saving around 0.75 MtC per year by 2010-11.

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis it was calculated that a doubling of Air Passenger Duty would save between 0.2 MtC and 0.5 MtC per annum by 2010-11; and whether this methodology has been validated by market experience. [115265]

John Healey: The Chancellor’s 2006 pre-Budget report announced that increases in Air Passenger Duty would deliver carbon savings of 0.3 million tonnes of carbon (MtC) a year by 2010-11. This is a central estimate, based on a projected range of 0.2 to O.5 MtC a year by 2010-11.

This assessment was based on econometric analysis of the effects of an Air Passenger Duty increase on passenger numbers and flights, which is underpinned by and takes account of market experience.

Christmas Cards

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff hours were spent on preparation of departmental Christmas cards in 2005; how many departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards in 2006; what the cost of postage was for official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; what the cost was of purchasing official departmental Christmas cards in each such year; and how many official Christmas cards were sent out by his Department in each year. [106543]

John Healey: Preparing Christmas cards accounts for only a very small proportion of the time of any Treasury official. For information on Treasury Christmas cards in 2004 and 2005, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands) on 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 398W, and the answer the former Financial Secretary my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Mr. Timms) gave to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (David Davis) on 20 December 2004, Official Report, column 1403W.

Christmas Trees

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Christmas trees were purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; what the cost was of those trees in each year; from where the trees were sourced; what account was taken of the sustainability of the sources of the trees; and by what process the trees were disposed of. [106560]

John Healey: One Christmas tree is bought by the Treasury from a sustainable source. It is then recycled.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on internal media trainers in each year since 1997, broken down by supplier. [110779]


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John Healey: The Treasury has no staff employed as media trainers.

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much programme expenditure sponsored by his Department was spent via each of the Government offices for the regions in the most recent year for which figures are available. [116764]

John Healey: None of the Treasury’s programme expenditure for 2004-05 or 2005-06 was spent via the Government offices for the regions.

Departmental Fixed Assets

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which fixed assets his Department sold for more than £10,000 in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the (i) sale value, (ii) purchaser and (iii) date of sale was of each asset. [110794]

John Healey: During 2004-05, the Treasury sold the land and buildings at 100 Parliament street, including antique fixtures and fittings, to HM Revenue and Customs. Proceeds of £22,412,000 were received on 16 March 2005.

Between 12 January 2005 and 16 February 2005, all of the Treasury's residual post-privatisation shares were sold, via a broker, for £1,706,000.

There were no disposals of any fixed assets for more than £10,000 during 2005-06.

Executive Agencies

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was spent by each of his Department’s executive agencies in each Government Office region in the most recent year for which figures are available; [116673]

(2) which of the executive agencies of his Department have regional offices outside London; [116733]

(3) what estimate he has made of expenditure by his Department in each of the Government Office regions in the most recent year for which figures are available; [116735]

(4) which executive agencies are the responsibility of his Department; what the function is of each agency; and what the budget was of each agency in the most recent year for which figures are available. [116742]

John Healey: The Treasury’s Executive agency is the Debt Management Office. The functions of the DMO and its budget are described in the Treasury’s 2006 departmental report, available from http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/about/departmental_reports/dept_ report2006.cfm and in the DMO’s own annual report, available from http://www.dmo.gov.uk/documentview.aspx ?docname=publications/annualreports/dmorep2006 .pdf&page=Annual_Report The DMO has no offices outside London. Chapter 7 of the annual Treasury publication “Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses” details expenditure on services in the regions and countries of the United Kingdom. Identifiable spending in each
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region of England by Government departmental group for 2004-05 (the latest available data) is contained within table 7.19 of the 2006 edition of PESA. The DMO’s expenditure was not identifiable to a specific region or regions.

Expenditure: Brunswick

Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments have been made by his Department and its agencies to (a) Brunswick Arts International and (b) the Brunswick Group in each of the last five years. [104697]

John Healey [holding answer 5 December 2006]: There are no records of any payments having been made by the Treasury to either Brunswick Arts International or Brunswick Group or by any of its agencies in the last five years.

Gender Equality

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in preparations for his Department's implementation of the gender equality duty in April; and if he will make a statement. [116257]

John Healey: The Treasury's progress in preparation for the implementation of the gender equality duty includes, as an employer, having in place effective monitoring systems to ensure employment processes and practices meet the gender equality duty. In issuing guidance to Departments, on the CSR process and PSAs the Treasury has underlined the statutory responsibilities under the equality duties, and refers Departments to the detailed information on implementing the gender equality duty published by the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to raise awareness of the gender equality duty across his Department and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies. [116258]

John Healey: Work is under way in the Treasury to ensure the requirements of the forthcoming duty on gender equality are met. The Treasury has in place, and is implementing, a plan to enhance diversity in the Department. As part of this, an internal equalities seminar has been organised and will take place in February 2007. The seminar will raise awareness about all the equality duties and be addressed by speakers from the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality.

Treasury officials are also in contact with the non-departmental public bodies and Executive agencies for which the Chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible to ensure they are taking the necessary steps to meet the requirements of the forthcoming duty on public bodies and raise awareness. All have confirmed that this work is under way.


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Gross Value Added

Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change was in gross value added (GVA) per capita in each region and county in each year since 1990; and what the trend growth was of GVA per capita in each region and county between 1990 and 2002. [116688]

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

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 2 February 2007:

Table 1: NUTS 1 gross value added( 1) per capita annual change
Percentage
GVA per head annual change 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

United Kingdom

8.4

4.1

4.1

4.9

5.4

5.0

6.2

5.4

North East

8.0

5.0

4.6

4.1

4.7

4.5

4.3

4.3

North West

8.3

3.7

4.2

4.6

5.3

4.7

5.0

5.1

Yorkshire and the Humber

8.0

4.3

3.5

3.9

5.1

5.6

6.0

5.6

East Midlands

7.5

4.0

3.7

4.0

5.6

5.2

5.7

5.5

West Midlands

8.3

3.5

4.2

5.0

6.2

5.4

5.4

6.0

East of England

8.4

3.7

4.3

4.9

5.6

5.0

5.5

5.2

London

8.4

3.9

4.2

5.2

4.4

3.5

6.5

7.2

South East

8.6

5.0

4.6

5.5

5.7

5.1

6.3

6.7

South West

8.4

4.3

3.5

5.0

5.1

5.1

7.0

5.8

Wales

7.6

3.1

4.2

4.4

5.4

5.4

4.3

4.0

Scotland

9.1

5.9

4.7

4.5

5.3

4.8

4.8

4.7

Northern Ireland

9.4

6.3

5.5

6.7

5.7

6.6

6.5

5.2


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