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Departments: Freedom of Information

Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions special advisers have been consulted in replying to Freedom of Information requests to his Department; and what his Department’s policy is on the role of special advisers in the answering of Freedom of Information requests. [119847]

John Healey: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1039W.

Departments: Furniture

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many items of furniture were (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in each year since 1997; and what the value was of those items in each year. [120702]

John Healey: None.

Departments: Official Cars

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles belonging to his Department were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 1997; and what the (i) make and model and (ii) value was of each vehicle. [121376]

John Healey: Since the introduction of the Department’s current accounting system in 2002-03, vehicles used by HM Treasury have been provided by the Government Car Service and none have been owned by the Department in that time. A search of our records prior to then could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost but we are not aware of any vehicles having been lost or stolen in the years prior to 2002-03.

Departments: Pay

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total sum of bonuses paid to civil servants in his Department was in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. [121558]

John Healey: I refer to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1039W.

Economics of Climate Change Review

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Sir Nicholas Stern is continuing to work for his Department on climate change; and whether he plans to commission Sir Nicholas to undertake further such work. [119521]

John Healey: The HM Treasury Press Notice of 7 December 2006 sets out Sir Nicholas’ future plans.


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Employee Exit Survey

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 339W, on the employee exit survey, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on open ended responses, with any personal information edited from it. [120762]

John Healey: The responses to the open-ended comments in the employee exit survey contain only personal information. Therefore, it is not appropriate to release this information into the public domain.

Employee Share Ownership Schemes

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the timetable is for completing the Share Incentive Plan review; [121508]

(2) how many UK employees took up Share Incentive Plans in each year between 2000-01 and 2005-06; [121509]

(3) what the total value was of tax relief on share incentive plans in each year between 2000-01 and 2005-06; [121510]

(4) what the parameters are for his Department's review of share incentive plans. [121511]

Dawn Primarolo: The Government remain committed to supporting employee share ownership, which benefits companies, employees and the economy.

Estimates of the value of tax relief and employee take-up of Share Incentive Plan are published annually as National Statistics on the HMRC website at:

Estimates for 2005-06 will be published in the next set of National Statistics later this year.

Share Incentive Plan, as with all tax policies, is under constant review and, as part of the ongoing evaluation of employee share scheme, HMRC has recently commissioned a large scale survey of Share Incentive Plan, which seeks to examine the attitudes and perceptions of both employees and employers towards the reliefs. The research is expected to finish later this year and will be published on the HMRC website.

Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

Gregory Barker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact the changes in vehicle excise duty announced in 2005 have had on UK carbon dioxide emissions. [118498]

John Healey [holding answer 8 February 2007]: VED’s environmental signal to motorists has been progressively refined and sharpened. The Government continue to monitor vehicle registrations in the light of its expectation that the numbers of vehicles in the three lowest CO(2) emissions graduated VED bands will grow, in part due to reforms to VED bands.


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Freedom of Information: Identity Cards

Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was, including staff time, of action by (a) his Department, (b) solicitors working for his Department and (c) the Office of Government Commerce in challenging Freedom of Information (FOI) requests relating to Gateway reviews of the National Identity Card programme, broken down by stage of FOI process. [119973]

John Healey: OGC has incurred £13,870.66 of costs for litigation services with the Treasury Solicitor’s Department up to 31 December 2006. Information regarding other costs is unavailable and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Home Condition Reports

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 724W, on Home Condition Reports, whether his Department made representations to the Department for Communities and Local Government in the calendar year 2006 which related to home condition reports or home information packs. [119792]

Dawn Primarolo: I understand that neither the Treasury nor the Valuation Office Agency made such representations.

Housing Market

Ben Chapman: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of London house prices on house prices in the rest of the UK. [111841]

Yvette Cooper: I have been asked to reply.

Neither Treasury nor Communities and Local Government have made an assessment of the effect of London house prices on those of the rest of the UK. The Barker Review of Housing Supply, published in March 2004, concluded that UK house price trends reflect a lack of housing supply and weak responsiveness of housing supply to prices. In autumn 2003, the Bank of England concluded that there was evidence that regional house price changes were consistent with the South East, including London, playing a role in leading, or even causing, movements in the rest of the UK but only in the late 1980s/early 1990s and not during other periods.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to stabilise the level of increases in house prices over the next five years. [120492]

John Healey: The Government's macroeconomic framework has delivered stability and rising prosperity. More people have had the confidence to become homeowners, with around 1.8 million more homeowners since 1997. The Government's response to Kate Barker's Review of Housing Supply, published alongside the 2005 pre-Budget report, set out how improving affordability for future generations of homebuyers required housing supply to become much
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more responsive to demand. It set out a comprehensive package of proposals, including an ambition to increase housing supply to 200,000 net additional homes per year by 2016.

Income Tax

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of income tax payable which was collected in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in 2006. [120737]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of Scotland’s share of UK income tax liabilities are provided in the following table for 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Amounts of income tax liabilities (£ billion)
Scotland UK Scotland’s share of UK income tax liabilities (%)

2005-06

9.0

123.6

7.3

2006-07

9.5

130.5

7.3


Estimates have been obtained from the Survey of Personal Incomes 2008-04 and projected forward in line with pre-Budget report 2006 assumptions.

Derek Wyatt: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income tax has not been collected because of erroneous addressing in the last two years. [116264]

Dawn Primarolo: Amounts written off which would be attributable to incorrectly addressed letters are included in the Trust Statement overall figures for write-off of income tax where the taxpayer is untraceable for all sorts of reasons. Over the last two years the sums written off because we could not trace a customer represented some 0.03 per tax of income tax receipts.

Intellectual Property: Reviews

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what cost benefit analysis (a) has been conducted by his Department and (b) is planned of the recommendations in the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property. [120363]

Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.

The Gowers Review considered the costs and benefits of a wide range of potential policy recommendations and these are summarised in the report itself.

The Government will continue to assess the costs and benefits as it considers how best to take forward the recommendations from the Review. This will include the preparation of impact assessments which will be published as part of the consultation process.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the membership will be of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property. [120366]

Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.


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As set out in the Gowers Report, the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property will be operationally independent from Government and be appointed by the Chancellor. Membership of the Board will be drawn from a wide range of stakeholders, including academics, consumer groups and industry representatives. In addition to independent stakeholders, the head of the Intellectual Property and Innovation Directorate of the Patent Office and senior officials from DTI and HM Treasury will also sit on the Board.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation he has held with (a) other Government departments and (b) other stakeholders on the implementation of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property. [120364]

Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.

The Government departments charged with implementation of the Gowers recommendations will consult with relevant departments across Whitehall and with other stakeholders before providing advice to Ministers on how best to take forward implementation of particular recommendations. A cross Whitehall Gowers Implementation Steering Group has been formed to ensure a joined-up government effort. Consultation documents on various issues will be released later this winter and in the spring, and informal engagement with stakeholders is already underway.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations in the Gowers
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Review of Intellectual Property; and what funds have been committed to its implementation. [120365]

Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.

The majority of recommendations will be implemented using existing departmental resources. Recommendations with significant costs, such as the establishment of a Strategic Advisory Board and an annual intellectual property strategic analysis fund, will require additional funding (£150 000 for a Secretariat and £500 000 for the fund) which has been built into the 2007 Patent Office Corporate Plan and Budget.

Life Expectancy

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average life expectancy was in (a) the UK, (b) the North West and (c) Chorley constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006. [120878]

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

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 February 2007:

Table 1: Period life expectancy at birth( 1) , UK, North West Government office region, Chorley local authority district, 1996-98 and 2003-05( 2,3)
Male Female
Year( 3) Life expectancy 95 per cent. confidence interval( 4) Life expectancy 95 per cent confidence interval( 4)

UK

1996-98

74.5

(74.5-74.6)

79.6

(79.6-79.6)

2003-05

76.6

(76.6-76.6)

80.9

(80.9-81.0)

North West Government office region

1996-98

73.4

(73.3-73.5)

78.5

(78.4-78.6)

2003-05

75.4

(75.3-75.5)

79.9

(79.8-80.0)

Chorley local authority district

1996-98

74.1

(73.4-74.8)

79.1

(78.4-79.7)

2003-05

76.3

(75.7-77.0)

80.5

(79.9-81.0)

(1) Period life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby would survive if he or she experienced the area's age-specific mortality rates for that time period throughout his or her life. The figure reflects mortality among those living in the area in each time period, rather than mortality among those born in each area. It is not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area in each time period could actually expect to live, both because the death rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives. (2) Using Government office region and local authority boundaries as of 2006 for all the years shown. (3) Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in each year and mid-year population estimates. (4) Confidence intervals are a measure of the statistical precision of an estimate and show the range of uncertainty around the estimated figure. Calculations based on small numbers of events are often subject to random fluctuations. As a general rule, if the confidence interval around one figure overlaps with the interval around another, we cannot say with certainty that there is more than a chance difference between the two figures.

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