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Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of debt outstanding on fines imposed by the European Commission for infringements of competition rules. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total sum of fines was imposed upon each EU member state in 2006 for infringements of competition rules; and how much has been written off. 
John Healey: Staff engaged on frontline operational activity at the frontier operate in a mobile, flexible and intelligence-led manner. They are not, in the main, allocated to particular ports and their duties may involve them working at ports, airports or inland locations.
Some 4500 staff from Her Majestys Revenue and Customs Detection directorate are employed on frontline operational duties at ports and airports. Other HMRC staff also attend ports and airports as part of their official duties.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2007, Official Report, column 737W, on departmental staff, if he will redact the personal information and place redacted copies of the staff magazine in the Library. 
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what pieces of artwork valued at over £1,000 have been (a) purchased and (b) transferred to his Departments ownership since July 2006; and what the (i) name and (ii) value is of each. 
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what official (a) lunches, (b) dinners and (c) receptions he hosted in each of the last six months;
and what the (i) location, (ii) total cost and (iii) purpose was of each event. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of pre-financing made, as project advances, under the latest European Union budget that is due for recovery; what the UK's share is of that funding; and what percentage was reclaimed on such funding from last year's budget. 
Ed Balls: HM Treasury does not make estimates for pre-financing. The amounts of pre-financing are recorded in the annual accounts of the European Communities, which are then reported on by the European Court of Auditors.
Ed Balls: None. As agreed at the December 2005 European Council, expenditure on economic development in the new member states will gradually be disapplied from the United Kingdom abatement calculation, from 2009. The following formula will be used for this purpose:
John Healey: There are no special tax rules which apply to campaigning organisations and think tanks. Where a grant, including a grant from the EU, is given to a non-trading body, then generally no tax liability will arise.
Mr. Dai Davies:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what decisions on energy were made by the G7 Finance Ministers at their meeting in Washington DC on 13 April; and if he will (a) place in the Library
and (b) post on his Departments website the final declaration of the G7 Ministers. 
John Healey: The outcomes of the G7 discussions in Washington on energy and climate change matters are recorded in the official statement. The convention is for this to be published on the website of the finance ministry chairing the meeting, in this case the United States Treasury. This can be found at http://www.treasury.gov/press/releases/hp350.htm. The full text of the statement is attached for information; energy is covered in the third to last paragraph:
In order to ensure energy security and to address climate change, we consider energy efficiency and the promotion of energy diversification to be important issues for both developed and developing economies. Diversification can include advanced energy technologies such as renewable, nuclear, and clean coal. We agree that market based policy measures should be effectively designed to meet specific conditions in each country.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was donated to British charities through Gift Aid between inception and 1999; how much of the Gift Aid Scheme has been donated (a) since 2000 and (b) since inception; and if he will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question asking the percentage that employers' national insurance contributions form of the UK labour cost. (133588)
Estimates of the various components of labour costs are provided by the ONS in its labour costs survey (LCS). LCS estimates are compiled every four years based on information from the annual survey of hours and earnings, labour force survey, annual business inquiry and other data sources. The most recent results were compiled for 2004 and cover sectors C-O of the UK standard industrial classification of economic activities 2003 and businesses with 10 or more employees. The 2004 LCS shows that the proportion of UK labour costs attributable to employers' national insurance contributions is 6.2 per cent.
Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many questions tabled by right hon. and hon. Members to his Department for oral answer have been transferred to other Departments since May 2005. 
John Healey: Treasury Ministers answer all questions concerning matters for which we are responsible. Only questions which it would be more appropriate for other Ministers to answer are transferred to other Departments.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the contracts which have been awarded for the provision of information technology in preparation for the introduction of the Planning Gain Supplement. 
John Healey: The Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Department for Communities and Local Government have undertaken preliminary work to develop and explore the feasibility of a Planning Gain Supplement since 2004. This has included the publication of one consultation document alongside the 2005 pre-Budget report and three consultation documents alongside the 2006 pre-Budget report. The costs incurred have been borne by the respective Departments as part of the normal policy development process.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals enabling the National Audit Office to examine the books of private finance initiative providers. 
John Healey: In 2006 the Government introduced provisions giving the National Audit Office the right to examine all such documentation as it may reasonably require from the companies involved in PFI contracts as set out in paragraphs 26.7.1 and 26.9.3 of the Standardisation of PFI Contacts (Version 4).
John Battle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to whether social and community benefits should carry equal weight in the sale of public sector land as achieving the best price. 
Once surplus assets have been identified, they should be disposed of as quickly as possible subject to value for money considerations.
Value for money bears on nearly all aspects of deployment of public resources: procurement, asset management, disposals, administrative systems and financing arrangements such as leases and PFI transactions. It means finding solutions which achieve the best mix of quality and effectiveness for the least outlay.
However, all aspects of a transaction or proposed transaction, financial or otherwise, should be first taken fully into account, comprising any potential auxiliary or tangential benefit, including possible social and community benefits that may be attendant upon the issue, before the terms of a disposal, or other physical conveyance, are concluded.
The Surplus Public Sector Land Taskforce was set up as part of the Governments response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply to examine cost-effective options for accelerating the release of public sector land in order to increase housing supply.
Specifically with regard to local authority disposals, the Governments policy is that local authorities and other public bodies should dispose of surplus land wherever possible. Generally it is expected that land should be sold for the best consideration reasonably obtainable. But it is recognised that there are circumstances in which a local authority may consider it appropriate to dispose of land at an undervalue.
The General Disposal Consent issued in August 2003 in ODPM Circular 06/2003 enables local authorities to make land disposals which will contribute to the promotion or improvement of the economic, social or environmental well-being of an area at less than best consideration.
John Healey: Centre 1, HMRCs main processing office in the Glasgow area, receives large volumes of customer correspondence so there is inevitably work in progress at any time. There are no significant backlogs of work at Centre 1.
There are statutory provisions for making a repayment supplement in addition to a tax repayment in certain circumstances. HMRCs approach to compensation and redress is set out in its Code of Practice COP1 Putting Things Right.
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