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(3) how many staff have been working as part of his Departments Comprehensive Spending Review on the reviews of (a) counter-terrorism and security, (b) mental health and employment outcomes, (c) sub-national economic development and regeneration, (d) supporting housing growth and (e) future role of the third sector in social and economic regeneration, broken down by payband. 
Eddington Transport Studypublished December 2006
Leitch Review of Skillspublished December 2006
Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Changepublished October 2006
Barker Review of Land Use Planningpublished December 2006
Lyons Review of Local governmentpublished March 2007
Energy Review: meeting the energy challengepublished May 2007
Aiming high for children: supporting families (both prevention and families in a cycle of low achievement)March 2007
Aiming high for disabled children: better support for familiesMay 2007
Review of positive activities for young peoplestill to report.
The cross-cutting reviews, listed are being worked on by officials across government. Within HMT a wide range of staff across teams are contributing to and working as part of these reviewswhether full-time, part-time or as an aspect of their teams work. Each review is also guided by senior input and direction from team leaders, Directors, Managing Directors and Ministers.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2007, Official Report, column 1360W to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on Redundancy Pay: Ministerial Policy Advisors, and the written statement by the Prime Minister of 26 July 2006, what calculation he has made of his Departments contribution to the figure for severance pay. 
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pre-surplus staff there were at HM Revenue and Customs at the end of each quarter since 1 April 2005; and what the average length of service was for pre-surplus workers in the most recent quarter for which figures are available. 
A range of measures are available for pre-surplus HMRC staff including early retirement schemes, redeployment support and training, priority access for staff to vacancies and incentives to re-train for other public sector posts.
(2) what cost benefit analysis was undertaken prior to introducing the workplace advice tax credit; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the measure in promoting access to financial advice in the workplace; 
Ed Balls: Encouraging employers to provide workplace pensions information and advice to their employees was part of the Government's informed choice programme. The proposals on the informed choices strategy can be found at:
The limited tax exemption introduced on 14 December 2004 ensured that, as long as the qualifying conditions were met, the provision of such information and advice would not give rise to a tax charge on employees. There are no records of the cost of this exemption as employers are not obliged to report them separately to HMRC as long as they meet the qualifying conditions.
Firms do not get additional tax relief for providing this workplace pension advice where the qualifying conditions are met but can include the cost in their accounts under employee costs as a deductible expense.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax shelter or mitigation schemes were notified to him in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many of these have been deemed not to be acceptable by HM Revenue and Customs. 
Those for the period to 31 March 2007, the latest available, indicate that just over 1,450 direct tax schemes (income tax, corporation tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty land tax) and over 800 VAT schemes have been disclosed. These disclosures have both informed targeted anti-avoidance legislation and allowed HMRC to take swifter and more targeted action to counter deliberate abuse of the tax system. HMRC does not issue rulings as to the acceptability or otherwise of disclosed schemes.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs (a) consult and (b) share information with the US Inland Revenue Service on tax shelter or tax mitigation schemes. 
John Healey: Under the terms of the bilateral double taxation convention between the United Kingdom and the United States, the tax authorities of the two states have regular discussions about tax avoidance schemes, exchanging any information that is necessary for the assessment, collection and enforcement of the taxes covered by the convention.
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