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Stewart Hosie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department's balance sheet (a) is in 2007 and (b) was in each of the last five years, broken down by project; 
(3) what value of annual private finance initiative payments by his Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable in each of the last five years, broken down by project; 
(4) what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments were (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts of each PFI contract in each of the last five years, broken down by project. 
John Healey: The Treasury has one PFI project which relates to the 1 Horse Guards Road building. All payments made under PFI are identifiable. Prior to a PFI contract being signed the profile of unitary charge payments is agreed between the contractor and the public sector, subject to the operation of the payment mechanism.
Full details of the 1 Horse Guards Road PFI project have been included in the Department's resource accounts in each year since its inception in 2002-03. Copies of the Treasury's resource accounts are available on the Treasury website at:
Mr. Meale: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the administration costs of the HM Revenue and Customs Chaucer House office in Mansfield were in each of the last two years, broken down by main budget heading. 
Mr. Meale: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many responses to the consultation on HM Revenue and Customs local offices were received, broken down by (a) area and (b) medium of contact. 
John Healey: The number of responses to each of the staff and union consultation exercises that have so far been concluded, and summary findings published to staff, under HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) regional review programme are set out in the table.
All staff and union responses were sent by e-mail, most to a dedicated mailbox. Treasury Ministers and the Board of HMRC have also received written responses direct from hon. Members and other external stakeholders as shown in the following table.
|Urban central consultation ended||Number of e-mail responses||Number of staff represented by responses||Number of MPs responding||Number of others responding|
Mr. Timms [holding answer 21 May 2007]: Bushmeat is covered by HMRCs powers to deal with animal products that are imported outside the veterinary checks regime under the products of animal origin (POAO) regulations. These powers are limited to imports into Great Britain; responsibility in Northern Ireland rests with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland.
Bushmeat of animals listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) may also breach the restrictions on import created by Council Regulation 338/97 and Commission Regulation 865/2006.
HMRCs approach is to deter and detect illegal imports of products of animal origin from entering Great Britain, continuing to target traffic from high risk countries based on risk assessment and intelligence.
deployed extra front line detection staff supported by detector dogs. All HMRC's detection staff are deployed flexibly according to risk and include POAO among their multi-functional responsibilities.
undertaken a range of publicity and awareness raising initiatives to inform travellers and the UK public of the regulations. These include:
distribution of leaflets at points of entry, including leaflets produced in 10 languages;
high visibility posters displayed at major ports and airports;
advertising on ticket wallets issued by travel agents;
a press and radio publicity campaign in Nigeria;
videos to be shown on selected inbound international flights; and
information in the ABTA members handbook.
worked in partnership with DEFRA in publicising the rules relating to POAO, for example a 60-second television filler advert; and
reported a number of cases for prosecution.
HMRC records POAO seizures as bushmeat where this was how the owners described the meat to customs officials. In order to test how much seized meat might have come from CITES-listed endangered species, HMRC and DEFRA jointly sponsored a study by Wildlife DNA Services Ltd to identify species composition.
Further information on the Governments work regarding illegal imports of products of animal origin is contained in DEFRAs annual reports. The latest report is available at http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/illegali/pdf/review0405-0306.pdf and is also in the House Library.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training HM Revenue and Customs officials receive on the use of VAT and tax exemption booklets which refer to exemptions for which people with disabilities are eligible. 
Mr. Timms: HM Revenue and Customs runs a comprehensive training programme for compliance staff on VAT lasting over seven months. Training covering reliefs from VAT is undertaken by officers at foundation level, which covers the first year of training and operational work. As part of this programme there is a mandatory learning unit covering Reliefs for Disabled People and Charities, this covers the tax exemptions booklets that refer to exemptions for which people with disabilities are eligible. These are also covered in other learning units on Scope of Zero rating, Construction Industry and Land and Property.
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the teenage conception rate was for each ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral at the latest available date. (138438)
Available figures are estimates of the number of conceptions that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or legal termination. The government definition of teenagers in relation to conceptions refers to girls aged under 18.
Figures on teenage conceptions are not routinely published at ward level due to concerns in maintaining confidentiality of
individuals. Figures are however published at local authority level and figures for the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral for 2005 (the most recent year for which figures are available), are shown in the table below, for girls under 18 and separately for girls under 20. Figures for 2005 are provisional.
|Teenage conceptions: Numbers and Rates for Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, 2005( 1)|
|Under 18||Under 20|
|Number||Rate( 2)||Number||Rate( 3)|
|(1) Figures for 2005 are provisional. (2) Rate per 1,000 females aged 15 to 17. (3) Rate per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19.|
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 3 July 2006, Official Report, column 25WS, on the UN Licensing System, for how many individuals his Department instructed the Department for Work and Pensions to suspend benefit payments in each month since July 2006. 
Following the Economic Secretary to the Treasurys statement about counter terrorism and the licensing system, in which he announced that benefit paid to members of the households of listed persons fall within the prohibitions on making funds available to listed persons, four spouses of persons listed by the UN under the Al-Qaida and Taliban financial sanctions regime had their benefit suspended in mid July 2006. To date, there have been no further suspensions of benefit of the spouses or household members of listed persons. All four spouses whose benefit was suspended now have it paid under licence, three of whom have it paid into an account set up and controlled by the Treasury.
In addition, four individuals who have themselves been listed under United Nations legislation or designated by the Treasury under the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 have had their benefits suspendedone in August 2006, one in December 2006, one in January/February 2007 and one in March/April 2007. Some of these have applied or are applying to the Treasury for a licence to enable benefit to be reinstated.
A significantly greater number of individuals than this have been listed or designated under the Terrorism Order but no current action is required because they are not in receipt of benefit. This is commonly because the individual is being held on remand in prison.
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