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John Healey: The Budget forecast for public sector net debt incorporates the impact of all the Budget measures. Public sector net debt is projected to be low and stable over the projection period, stabilising below 39 per cent. below the 40 per cent. ceiling set out in the sustainable investment rule.
John Healey: Information on the number of Eurostar train tickets purchased is normally not held, because the Treasurys accounting system records the costs of travel but not the number or type of tickets bought. However, for financial year 2005-06, the Treasurys travel management company had provided information on the number of tickets purchased through them.
The number of Eurostar train tickets bought through the travel management company in 2005-06 was 2,750 costing £463,455. Tickets bought but subsequently refunded are excluded; round trips by train are counted as two tickets; tickets bought and subsequently exchanged for another journey are counted as one ticket.
John Healey: The Treasury owns one building, 1 Horse Guards Road, which is subject to a private finance initiative contract. Details of the contract can be found in HM Treasurys 2005-06 Resource Account HC 1344. The building is grade II* listed.
For the purposes of this answer, this question is taken to refer to all contracted out professional services and professional staff substitution. In the first 10 months of 2006-07, the Treasury spent £4.93 million
on these services. This includes fees paid to Partnerships UK for their work providing project and policy support to the Treasury and other public bodies on the development, procurement and implementation of public private partnerships.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total cost has been of appealing against Freedom of Information Act requests submitted to HM Treasury since 1 January 2005, including appeals to the Information Commissioner, broken down by (a) internal costs and (b) external legal costs; 
(2) what the (a) date, (b) value and (c) recipient was of each payment for external legal advice, support or representation in response to the Freedom of Information Act request by The Times newspaper that was released on 30 March 2007; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the total amount of staff time spent on the Freedom of Information Act request by The Times newspaper that was released on 30 March 2007, broken down into time spent on (a) internal reviews, (b) contesting the application with the Information Commissioner and (c) appealing against the Information Commissioner's rulings; 
(4) what estimate he has made of the total cost to the public purse of opposing the Freedom of Information Act request by The Times newspaper that was released on 30 March 2007, broken down into costs associated with (a) internal reviews, (b) contesting the application with the Information Commissioner and (c) appealing against the Information Commissioner's rulings. 
John Healey [holding answer 23 April 2007]: The cost of legal counsel in all Treasury cases taken to the Information Commissioner and the Information Tribunal to date is £3,715, of which £2,399 was due to the case referred to. Information on staff time spent on individual cases is not held centrally.
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 982W on Departments: official hospitality, what definition the Department uses of casual drinks. 
David Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 982W on Departments: official hospitality, at what functions with external guests present other than lunch or dinner the Department has (a) spent hospitality funds and (b) provided alcohol. 
Mr. Timms: The Treasury contributes to the strategy for halving and eradicating child poverty as set out in the Child Poverty Review, published alongside the 2004 Spending Review White Paper (Cm 6237). Across the UK, these measures have helped lift 600,000 children out of poverty since 1998-99.
benefit families by an average of £200 per year;
benefit families in the poorest fifth of the population by an average of £350 per year; and
lift 200,000 children out of poverty.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by his Department from renewable sources in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
John Healey: 10 days has no particular significance in relation to the answering of parliamentary questions. As any period of 10 days will include at least one weekend and may also include other days on which the House of Commons may not be sitting and questions cannot be answered, it is a meaningless yardstick against which to measure performance in answering questions. In 2006-07, questions tabled shortly before the Christmas, February and Easter recesses did not fall for answer until after the 10-day point.
In the present session, 80.4 per cent. of the written questions to the Treasury have been answered within the timescales set by the Housethat is to say, on the nominated day in the case of named day questions and within a working week of tabling for ordinary questions.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug-related deaths were recorded in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many drug-related deaths were recorded in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. I am replying in her absence. (134654)
Available figures relate to the number of deaths from poisoning with any drug or medicine or certified as drug abuse or dependence. They do not include deaths which may be indirectly related to drug use, such as blood-borne viral infections or transport accidents. The most recent year for which figures are now available is 2005. The table below shows the number of deaths for which the underlying cause was drug-related poisoning, by selected county for the years 1997 to 2005.
ONS recently revised statistics on drug poisoning deaths to include all deaths registered in the calendar year,* instead of deaths occurring in the year. This takes account of late registrations which would otherwise be excluded.
* Office for National Statistics (2007) Deaths related to drug poisoning: England and Wales. 1993-2005. Health Statistics Quarterly 33. S2-S8.
|Number of deaths from drug-related poisoning,( 1) by selected county,( 2) 1997 to 2005( 3)|
|(a) Suffolk||(b) Bedfor d shire||(c) Cambridgeshire||(d) Essex||(e) Hertfordshire||(f) Norfolk|
|(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 292, 304, 305.2-305.9, E850-E858, E950.0-E950.5, E962.0 and E980.0-E980.5 for the years 1997 to 2000. and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-IO) codes Fl 1-F16, F18-F19, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85 and Y10-YJ4from 2001 onwards.|
(2) Usual residents of the county.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his forecasts are for non-oil gross value added growth in each year to 2012; and what the (a) lowest and (b) highest projections are to a (i) 0.5 per cent., (ii) 1 per cent., (iii) 2 per cent., (iv) 5 per cent., (v) 10 per cent., (vi) 25 per cent. and (vii) 50 per cent. level of statistical significance. 
John Healey: HM Treasury sets out its economic forecasts twice a year in Budget and pre-Budget reports. The Treasury does not publish frequency distributions around its forecasts. However, it does provide average absolute errors over the past 10 years. These are shown in Table B10 of Chapter B: The economy of Budget 2007 (HC 342) for spring forecasts, and Table A10 of Annex A: The economy of the 2006 Pre-Budget Report (Cm 6984) for autumn forecasts.
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