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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account he takes of the political funding activities of trades unions in awarding funds from the union modernisation fund. 
John Healey: Air passenger duty (APD) is payable by aircraft operators. Although they are not required to do so by law, nearly all airlines pass on the duty charge to their passengers by increasing the fares, and it is normal commercial practice for them to charge their customers at the time of ticket sale.
No liability to APD arises if a flight is cancelled, or a passenger is unable to travel on a pre-booked flight. Whether the airline makes a refund to the passenger in such circumstances is a commercial matter between them.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what figures he provided to the Lyons Review on the number of central Government posts situated in central London; and what his most recent estimate is of the number of such posts. 
Mr. Timms: The Lyons Review in 2004 conducted its own research into the location of Government activity, and published its evidence by location in chapter 5 of the review document. The 2006 pre-Budget report announced that as at the end of September 2006 over 10,500 posts have been successfully relocated towards the 2010 target of 20,000 posts.
John Healey: There were no conferences or meetings with more than 100 attendees funded by the Treasury in January 2007. For conferences or meetings with fewer than 100 attendees, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1544W.
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which external consultants were used by (a) his
Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the (i) nature and (ii) cost of the work was in each case. 
John Healey: HM Treasury employ Partnerships UK to provide advisory and research services in a number of areas related to the private finance initiative (PFI). As published in the 2006 Partnerships UK annual report, the Treasury spent £2.5 million under its framework agreement in 2005-06. The National Savings and Investment (NSandI) agency also used consultants on PFI related work in 2005-06. NSandI employed Herbert Smith LLP for legal support on a PFI project, with around £8,000 spent on this in 2005-06.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have been subjected to disciplinary procedures in his Department for poor performance or incompetence in each year since 1997. 
John Healey: I refer the hon. member to the answer he received from the Minister for of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 246W. The Union Flag has been raised over 1 Horse Guards Road on the occasions listed in that answer.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost claimed by his Department and its agencies was for use of Ministerial cars from the Government Pool Service in the last 12 months. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what internal guidance the Treasury issues to staff to assist them in purchasing and procurement
decisions; and if he will place a copy of such guidance in the Library. 
John Healey: The Treasurys guidance for purchasing, procurement and contract management is hosted on the Treasury intranet. It contains guidance for Treasury staff on how to buy, financial thresholds, legal and regulatory requirements, processes and procedures, contracts and terms and conditions. The guidance is in keeping with the regulatory framework determined by EU regulations and Government Accounting. It is not normal practice for internal control procedures to be published. Guidance to potential suppliers is published on the HM Treasury website http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/About/about_ procurement/about_procurement_index.cfm
John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials have discussions with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sector as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such discussions.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the numbers of people aged 18 to 22 who are in paid employment. I am replying in her absence. (123370)
The estimate of employed people aged 18 to 22 is 2,343,000 for the three months ending December 2006. This estimate is not seasonally adjusted.
Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS)As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
Each month the ONS publishes estimates of the number of employed people aged 18 to 24 and the associated employment rates in Table 14 of the Labour Market Statistics First Release available in the attached link:
Dawn Primarolo: Customer reviews are a normal part of the PAYE process. They are needed where either an incorrect amount of tax has been paid or where there are inconsistencies on the record. Such inconsistencies often arise as a result of changes in a taxpayers circumstances such as moving jobs from one employer to another. This means that pay and tax details cannot be matched automatically to the customers account so a manual review by our operators is required.
The number of outstanding customer reviews or open cases therefore shifts on a daily basis as returns come in and are processed or identified for review. The Departments management information does not distinguish between a case awaiting processing through their systems and a case requiring a manual review by their operators as a result of an inconsistency.
John Healey: Andrew Gowerss Review of Intellectual Property was an independent review funded by the Treasury. The total cost of producing the review was £217,870. The report is published on the HM Treasury website at:
Paul Flynn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the balance of the National Insurance Fund at 31 March 2012; and what percentage of annual benefit expenditure this will represent, taking into account the changes proposed in the Pensions Bill. 
The latest estimate of the balance of the National Insurance Fund at 31 March 2012, taking into account the changes proposed in the Pensions Bill is £74,124 million. This is projected to be 91.8 per cent. of expenditure made on national insurance benefits in the financial year 2011-12.
The surplus in the NIF is available to finance general public spending and is invested in Government securities. Any surplus of income over expenditure in the NIF is used to buy gilts. This reduces the Governments need to borrow elsewhere. But it means that the surplus is already taken into account in financing Government spending. Any increase in benefits, which reduced the surplus, would result in increased Government borrowing.
The Government Actuarys Department will make a full assessment of the impact of the Pensions Bill on the National Insurance Fund in their Quinquennial Review of the National Insurance Fund to be published later this year.
Lyn Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of single parents in (a) England, (b) London and (c) West Ham constituency who have children aged between 11 and 16 years are in employment; 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about single parents with dependent children aged between 11 and 16 years, the employment rates of women with dependent children and the number of dual-parent families. I am replying in her absence, (122956, 122967, 122968)
Table 1, based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS), gives the number of lone parents of working age with dependent children aged between 1.1 and 15 years for the United Kingdom, England and London, who- are in employment together with the percentage who are in employment. Sixteen year olds have been excluded as not all 16 year olds are dependent on their parents so they are treated differently in the LFS. It is not possible to give comparable figures for West Ham as the LFS sample sizes are too small.
Table 2 gives the employment rates for mothers with dependent children (including lone mothers) for the regions of the United Kingdom and the parliamentary constituency of West Ham.
Table 3 gives the number of dual-parent families for the regions of the United Kingdom, and the parliamentary constituency of West Ham.
The three tables provided are for the 3 months ending December 2006 and the data are not seasonally adjusted.
Estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. This is particularly true for the parliamentary constituency of West Ham.
|Table 1: Lone parents( 1) of working age( 2) in employment with dependent children aged between 11 and 15 by selected area, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Three months ending December 2006||Number (000)||Percentage( 3)|
|(1) Refers to people who are not married or cohabiting and have youngest dependent children, who are aged 11 to 15.|
(2) Includes men aged 16 to 64 and women aged 16 to 59.
(3) Lone parents in employment as a percentage of all lone parents for those of working age.
(4 )Samples sizes are too small to provide reliable estimates.
ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
|Table 2: Employment rates( 1) for women aged 16 to 59 with dependent children( 2) by Government office region, United Kingdom, not seasonally adjusted|
|Three months ending December 2006||Number (000)||Percentage( 1)|
|(1) Women with dependent children in employment as a percentage of all women with dependent children.|
(2) Defined as youngest dependent children aged 0 to 15 years and 16 to 18 years for those in full-time education.
ONS Labour Force Survey (LFS)
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