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Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the Financial Reporting Advisory Board's position on moving off-balance sheet private finance initiative projects onto balance sheet; 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board's meeting with Treasury representatives on Monday 13 February 2007. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which price indices he uses for determining annual uprating of public spending; and what the reasons are for each one's use for that purpose. 
GDP deflators are used to allow for inflation when comparing public spending across years in real terms. The figures and background information on the GDP deflators are available on HM Treasury's public website:
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to process an HM Revenue and Customs 64-8 agent's authorisation form was in the last period for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: The target for processing 64-8s is 15 days. Across January and February 2007 the average time taken to process paper 64-8 forms was 3.77 days. Online 64-8s are automatically registered on SA and COTAX and, over the same period, the average time to register on the remaining HMRC systems was 9.78 days.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last reviewed the wording of HM Revenue and Customs' standard letter SA251; and for what reasons HM Revenue and Customs sends such letters to individuals from whom it also requires a tax return. 
The SA251 letter was first issued in April 2004 when the criteria for including taxpayers within the self assessment system were revised. It is
issued to people who are being taken out of self assessment to tell them that they no longer need to complete a tax return and what they need to do in the future should their circumstances change.
The wording of the letter was last changed in October 2004. Since then an explanatory leaflet has also been issued with the letter. The detailed criteria are set out on the reverse of the letter. They are reviewed annually.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the projections for staff members in each HM Revenue and Customs office until 2010; how many of the offices he expects to have the minimum staff number during this period; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Assuming that the hon. Gentlemans question relates to the table of projected staff numbers by location published on HMRCs website (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/offices/index.htm), the figures give an initial indication only of HMRCs restructuring proposals and the projections are rounded. It is too early in the planning and consultation process to say what final staffing figures will be in 2010 in any specific office.
Mr. Breed: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he expects to make an announcement on the introduction of a technological innovation in tackling the smuggling and counterfeiting of tobacco products in the United Kingdom in the 2007 Budget; 
(2) whether he expects a technological innovation in tackling smuggling and counterfeiting of tobacco products in the United Kingdom to be based on a voluntary agreement with the tobacco industry or introduced by legislation. 
John Healey: HM Revenue and Customs have been working closely with the tobacco manufacturing industry and identified a range of options that could be introduced for tobacco products intended for sale in the UK duty paid market.
However, a number of factors need to be considered to determine the most appropriate option, and how any technological solution could be introduced. The Chancellor takes all relevant factors, including market trends, into consideration when taking decisions at Budget.
HM Revenue and Customs does not keep a record of inquiries taken up by tax return year. Most enquiries into 2004-05 tax returns would have commenced during the 2005-06 tax year. The
monthly figures for inquiries started on the tax returns of self-employed taxpayers and individuals are as follows:
Kate Hoey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue lost to the Treasury as a result of (a) the value added tax exemptions available to businesses based in the Channel Islands supplying unlicensed medicines to UK mainland consumers and (b) the ability of such businesses to avoid UK corporation taxes. 
(a) No estimate has been made.
(b) Corporation Tax would continue to be charged in accordance with the normal residence rules.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has identified any proposals for tax harmonisation in Europe, as referred to on page six of Prospects for the EU in 2007, Cm 7024, which would not harm UK interests. 
Dawn Primarolo: Article 93 of the EC Treaty states that the Council shall adopt provisions for the harmonisation of indirect taxation, only to the extent that such harmonisation is necessary to ensure the establishment and functioning of the Internal Market. The Government assess all indirect tax proposals against this test and the impact of the proposal on the UK and publishes its assessment in the Explanatory Memoranda submitted to the Scrutiny Committees. The Government consider that the proposals that make up the VAT Package (changes to the place of supply of services, the one-stop scheme and reform of the 8(th) VAT Directive on cross-border refunds) would be in the interests of the UK.
The Commission tabled a proposal on 30 December 2003 for an amendment to the Council Directive on the Common System of Taxation Applicable to Interest and Royalty Payments made between Associated Companies of Different Member States (the Interest
and Royalties Directive) (2003/49/EC). The Government have no objection to this targeted measure.
The Commission has, in addition, tabled a recast of Council Directive 69/335/EEC of 17 July 1969 which regulates the levying of indirect taxes on the raising of capital. This proposal contains no changes of substance which impact on UK law and therefore has no material policy implications for the UK.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people received each tax credit administered by his Department for each year since 1997-98; and what estimate he has made of the number of such people in 2007-08. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the financial effect on the Exchequer of introducing tax credit awards which are fixed for periods of six months; what changes in administrative costs would result from such a reform; and if he will make a statement. 
The cost of the nationally organised elements of the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say listening exercise was £1.39 million, which was funded
from the Departments running costs budget. The main component was £1.05 million paid to Opinion Leader Research to deliver a major research programme, which included the costs of a series of regional deliberative events and a national citizens summit attended by nearly 1,000 members of the public. OLRs costs were incurred in the delivery of a service, rather than the provision of consultancy.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 910W, to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) on accident and emergency departments, at which 12 trusts there are no plans to consult on changes to services. 
Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
North Bristol NHS Trust
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust,
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust
South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what agreements remain to be put in place before the Hampshire Air Ambulance Service can be implemented; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The establishment of an air ambulance service is a local matter, with services provided by charities and funded through public donations and corporate sponsorship, and with clinical costs met by the national health service. Information on what agreements remain to be put in place before the Hampshire Air Ambulance Service can be implemented is not collected or held centrally.
Andy Burnham: This information is not available centrally in the form requested. Returns have been collected from trusts on a voluntary basis since 2004-05 on overall expenditure on arts and arts projects. However this cannot be disaggregated in a way which enables expenditure on the purchase of artwork to be identified, and we intend to discontinue the collection of information on this issue.
David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her assessment of NHS Blood and Transport's strategic outline case for the consolidation of blood production facilities at three sites will include an evaluation of the costs and risks associated with training new staff to replace experienced staff who will not relocate to the proposed sites. 
Caroline Flint: The strategic outline case for the reconfiguration of blood production facilities is currently being developed. The National Blood Service (NBS) is already building a new blood centre in Filton (Bristol) to carry out blood processing and testing for Birmingham and the south west area.
The NBS has established a group comprising of senior managers and staffside representatives to discuss the implications and implementation of the changes. The NBS expects to manage many of the post reductions through natural turnover and minimise the impact on staff.
The NBS is currently undertaking detailed workforce planning, which will include a thorough analysis of training and development requirements. This will ensure that the NBS is in a position to staff new or expanded centres with a high-calibre workforce.
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