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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of car journeys (a) made in each of the last five years and (b) which he expects to be made in each of the next five years in Lancashire. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Department does not produce total car journeys at this level of detail. The Department's national trip end model (NTEM) does give forecasts on a year by year basis for the number of trips by all modes that originate and terminate in any given area in the average day. This may proxy for growth in journeys made. The trip end data form the basis for more detailed transport modelling that could provide forecasts in car traffic flows for a particular study area. The data set is in the public domain and freely available from:
Ed Balls: While HM Revenue and Customs administer the Child Trust Fund scheme and allocate accounts when a voucher has not been used by a parent before its expiry date they do not administer accounts.
showed that 35 per cent. of children eligible for the Child Trust Fund are entitled to an additional Government payment as they are from a family receiving full child tax credit and with a household income of not more than the child tax credit threshold (£14,155 in 2006-07).
HM Revenue and Customs do not currently hold the figure for the number of accounts they have allocated that have received additional Government payments. This information will be available later this year.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many births there were in Lancashire in each of the last five years. (126219)
The latest year for which figures are available is 2005. The table below shows the number of live births in the current county of Lancashire each year between 2001 and 2005.
|Live births in Lancashire county( 1, 2 ) 2001-05|
|Number of live births|
|(1) Figures refer to live births to mothers usually resident in Lancashire.|
(2) Fibres do not include births to mothers usually resident b Blackpool UA or Blackburn with Darwen UA that were part of the former county of Lancashire.
ONS Key Population and Vital Statistics, Local and Health Authority Areas, Series VS nos. 28-31 and Birth Statistics, Series FM1 no.34
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on that Departments contingent liabilities for provisions for disallowance arising from common agricultural policy schemes, notably the single farm payment; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: Treasury Ministers and officials discuss a wide range of issues with their colleagues in other departments 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.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many value for money exercises on the use of (a) management consultants and (b) professional advisers were conducted by his Department in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Treasury Groups plans for achieving the efficiency target set in Spending Review 2004 are set out in its Efficiency Technical Note, and progress against those plans is reported in the Departmental Report and the Autumn Performance Report. The latest Efficiency Technical Note and the 2006 Departmental Report are available from:
The next report on progress on efficiency will be in the 2006 Autumn Performance Report due to be published in December. Value for money exercises are co-ordinated as part of our efficiency planning, and have included the use of management consultants and professional advisers.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 475W, what the cost was of each helicopter flight he took within the UK on official business in the last month. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 475W, on Departments: Aviation, on how many occasions he used a non-scheduled flight
within the UK on official business in the last month; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each such flight. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 837W, on the staff handbook, if he will place a CD-Rom of the current version of the handbook in the Library. 
John Healey: I refer to the answer given on 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 837W. The staff handbook is an internal management tool that is regularly updated, therefore it is not suitable for release.
John Healey: All ministerial visits are conducted in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers. Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis, a list of overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 and the total cost of all ministerial travel. Information for 2006-07 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year.
Paddy Tipping: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of increasing the discount on excise duty on biodiesel to (a) 25 pence and (b) 30 pence during the financial year 2007-08. 
John Healey [holding answer 5 March 2007]: It is estimated that biofuels constitute 1 per cent. of the main road fuel market in 2007-08. The duty rate on biofuels is guaranteed to be 20ppl below the main road fuel rate until at least 2008-09. The total cost of the duty discount is projected to be £100 million in 2007-08 and £260 million in 2008-09, when biofuels will constitute 2.5 per cent. of the main road fuel market.
(a) If the duty differential were raised to 25ppl, this would have an additional cost of £25 million in 2007-08 and £65 million in 2008-09.
(b) If the duty differential were raised to 30ppl, this would have an additional cost of £50 million in 2007-08 and £125 million in 2008-09.
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